Monica Carter (she/her) is a writer, poet and reviewer. She was a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow, a Lambda Literary Foundation LGBT Emerging Voices Fellow and a fiction graduate of the prestigious PEN Center’s MARK program. Her fiction has appeared in literary journals including The Rattling Wall, Black Clock, Cactus Heart, Bloom and the anthology Strange Cargo. Her nonfiction has appeared in publications including Black Clock, World Literature Today and Foreword Reviews. She served as a judge for the Best Translated Book Award in poetry and fiction from 2008-2015. Monica currently manages Lambda Literary’s LGBTQ Writers in Schools. She is currently finishing her first novel.
Wo Chan (they/them) is a poet and drag performer. They are a winner of the 2020 Nightboat Poetry Prize and the author of TOGETHERNESS (2022). Wo has received fellowships from MacDowell, New York Foundation of the Arts, Kundiman, The Asian American Writers Workshop, Poets House, and Lambda Literary. Their poems appear in POETRY, WUSSY, Mass Review, No Tokens, and The Margins. As a member of the Brooklyn based drag/burlesque collective Switch N’ Play, Wo has performed at The Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA PS1, National Sawdust, New York Live Arts and elsewhere. They hold a BA from the University of Virginia and an MFA in Poetry from New York University. Born in Macau, Wo currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. Find them at @theillustriouspearl.
Chloe Feffer (she/they) is an educator and new poet and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. Their poetry has appeared in Sledgehammer Lit and Lesbians are Miracles Mag. Prior to joining Lambda Literary, Chloe worked as an early childhood teacher and program coordinator. They hold a BA from Stonybrook University and an MA in Education from CUNY Hunter.
Nicole Shawan Junior (she/they) is a cultural worker, community builder and counter-storyteller. Prior to joining Lambda Literary, Nicole founded Roots. Wounds. Words.—an organization that provides pedagogy, publication and performance opportunities to BIPOC storytellers. Nicole’s writing appears in The Feminist Wire, ZORA, Gay Mag, SLICE Magazine, Kweli Journal, Color Bloq, and elsewhere. A 2019 Writer’s Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices fellow, Nicole has also received residencies and fellowships from Hedgebrook, PERIPLUS, NYFA, RADAR Productions and the San Francisco Public Library’s James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center, and more. She is the editor in chief of Black Femme Collective, associate nonfiction editor at Slice Magazine, and has guest edited at The Rumpus.
Sue Landers (she/her) is a nonprofit leader and poet with a long record of engagement in American poetry and queer literary communities. Sue began her career at Lambda Rising bookstore in Washington, DC, which originated the Lambda Book Report and whose owners founded Lambda Literary. She has since worked primarily in the nonprofit sector, including at the College Board where she led a variety of educational programs and editorial teams. She is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Franklinstein, which explores the public and private histories of the neighborhood in Philadelphia where she was raised, Germantown. Her poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day series as well as in journals that include The Offing, The Brooklyn Rail, and About Place. She has been a resident artist at PLAYA Summer Lake and Saltonstall Colony for the Arts. She earned her BA at the University of Michigan, where she was the recipient of a Hopwood Award, and has an MFA from George Mason University.
LeKesha Lewis (she/her) is an award-winning SF/F writer and editor, and serves as a founding creator, Art Director, and Project Manager for the World Fantasy Award-winning and Hugo Award-nominated FIYAH Literary Magazine. Other hats include service as the Grant Administrator for the Speculative Literature Foundation, FIYAHCON Director, Chair of the 56th Annual Nebulas Conference, and researcher for the LeVar Burton Reads podcast. She is the author of A Ruin of Shadows as well as a number of pieces of lauded and long-listed short fiction and poetry. She lives in Georgia with her coffee habit and an impressive Funko Pop! collection.
Samihah Sirajul-islam (she/they) is a student at the City University of New York. She is currently studying Digital Design with a double minor in Publishing and Creative Writing. She dabbles in poetry, gouache painting, and curating her many Pinterest boards in her free time.
Molly Thornton (she/her) is a Los Angeles based writer and writing coach who works with writers at every stage of their creative process to build sustainable writing habits, work through creative blocks, and bring their stories to the page. She was a 2016 Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Fellow, and her poetry, essays, and fiction appear in publications including The Lavender Review, baldhip magazine, The Seattle Globalist, and They Said anthology from Black Lawrence Press. She is currently seeking a home for her completed manuscript Proof of You, a prose poetry memoir in vignettes.
Daniella Toosie-Watson (she/her) is a poet, visual artist and educator from New York. She has received fellowships and awards from the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, VONA, the InsideOut Detroit Literary Arts Project, and the University of Michigan Hopwood Program. Winner of the 92Y 2020 Discovery Award Contest, her poetry has appeared in Callaloo, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Paris Review, The Cincinnati Review, The BreakBeat Poets Volume 4: LatiNEXT and elsewhere. Daniella received her MFA from the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers’ Program.
Mai Tran (she/they) is a writer based in New York. She was a winner of Epiphany Zine’s 2020 Breakout 8 Writers Prize and her work has appeared in The Margins, Apogee, Vox, i-D, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She currently serves as a nonfiction coordinator for MFA App Review and is a mentor with the PEN Prison & Justice Writing Program.