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Writer’s Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices

The Writer’s Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices is the nation’s premier LGBTQ writing residency. It is the only multi-genre writing residency devoted exclusively to emerging LGBTQ writers.

Since 2007, the Writer’s Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices has offered sophisticated instruction in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, young adult fiction, playwriting led by the most talented writers working today. The Retreat is an unparalleled opportunity to develop one’s craft and find community.

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Writer’s Retreat Impact

Launched in 2007, Lambda Literary’s Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices is the only multi-genre writing residency in the world devoted exclusively to emerging LGBTQ writers. It provides a uniquely powerful opportunity to participants, jumpstarting the careers of dozens of LGBTQ writers every year.

 

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Emerging writers since have taken part in the retreat since 2011.

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Faculty, including Dorothy Allison, Danez Smith, Andrew Holleran.

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genres, including poetry, young adult fiction, and playwriting

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Anthologies, presenting Retreat Fellows work.

Read Their Work

Check out books written by Lambda Fellows

How To Apply

The Retreat is held each year in August. Applications for the 2022 Writer’s Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices will open in fall 2021.

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Fellows & Faculty Directory

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Celeste Yim (Playwriting - 2021)

Celeste Yim is a writer from Toronto, Canada. Celeste is currently a writer for Saturday Night Live. In 2020, they received an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. In 2019, Celeste was the recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts “Canadian Women Artists’ Award for Playwriting”. Celeste was named one of “30 Canadian Women in Comedy To Watch in 2018” by Brunch Club, one of “Canada’s Top 100 Notable Women in 2017” according to Flare Magazine, and “racist to whites” by a Twitter user. Celeste is an alumnus of The University of Toronto and of the Bob Curry Fellowship at The Second City Toronto. Celeste uses they/them pronouns and the online handle @celestrogen.

Chad Morgan (Poetry - 2021)

Chad Morgan’s poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in The Adroit Journal, Court Green, Columbia Poetry Review, Hobart, and elsewhere. A graduate of Indiana University South Bend and Columbia College Chicago, he lives in Chicago, where he spends most of his time watching television, reading celebrity biographies, and engaging in flanerie. He writes the newsletter disposition.substack.com and can be found on Twitter (@grabtheglitter) and Instagram (@theechadmorgan).

Cherri Buijk (Fiction - 2021)

Cherri Buijk finished her MFA at Florida Atlantic University in 2020, where she wrote her first collection of short stories. She has been published in Catamaran Literary Reader, Shirley Magazine, and Foglifter. A native of the Midwest, she is now happy to be a Floridian who lives between an ocean and a swamp.

Court Stroud (Nonfiction - 2021)

Court Stroud’s writing often focuses on the clash and fusion of cultures, especially at the intersection of media, entertainment, and diversity. His articles and essays appear in the New York Times, Washington Post, South China Morning Post, Forbes, Narratively and other publications. As an adjunct, he teaches at NYU, Fordham, and Columbia. In 2019, Stroud received a NY Press Association 1st Place Award for an obituary about queer comic Bob Smith. With undergrad degrees in Spanish and Journalism from UT-Austin and an MBA from the Harvard Business School, he’s worked at Univision, Telemundo, TV Azteca and CBS. His husband Eddie Sarfaty was a Lambda Literary Fellow in 2010. TW: @CourtStroudNYC

Craig Willse (Fiction - 2021)

Craig Willse (@cwillse) is an editor, writing coach, and teacher living between Los Angeles and Brooklyn. His articles and essays have appeared in Truthout, Social Text, ephemera, LTTR, Loud Paper, and elsewhere. He is the author of The Value of Homelessness (University of Minnesota Press) and editor of Beyond Biopolitics (with Patricia Clough), Navigating Neoliberalism (with Soniya Munshi), and a special dossier on Born in Flames for Women and Performance (with Dean Spade). He is working on a few TV pilots and a novel about an unhappy college professor who makes a series of bad decisions. Craig is a member of Jewish Voice for Peace, California Coalition for Women Prisoners, and Street Watch. He plays music (with Greg Goldberg) in a gay band called The Ballet.

D. Nolan Jefferson (Nonfiction - 2021)

D. Nolan Jefferson aka D. aka Derrick aka @geekandahalf (he/him) is a writer, a librarian, a fan of tacos, golden age hip-hop, coffee, and thought provoking, boundary pushing art. Born and raised in Southern California, he once thought he’d become a pastry chef. He holds degrees from SDSU, Art Center College of Design, LSU, and is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at American University. His prose appears in Tahoma Literary Review, Orca Literary, SFWP Quarterly, Hobart Pulp, TriQuarterly, the anthology Fat and Queer, and as a finalist for contests at Indiana Review. He is an AWP Intro Journal Project Award winner, a Kimbilio Fiction fellow and an active volunteer for OutWrite DC. He loves to twirl on his haters because life is too short and thinks you should also.

Dale Corvino (Nonfiction - 2021)

Dale Corvino’s first publication under his government name was an essay about his grandmother’s friendship with Marilyn Monroe. His meditation on kink enjoys ongoing popularity with the Grindr crowd. In 2018, he won the Gertrude Press contest for Worker Names, a trio of short stories. Recent publications include a feature on Chile’s populist uprising for the Gay & Lesbian Review. His essay “You’ve Got Male” appears in the Matt Keegan project 1996. He contributed a chapter to The Routledge Handbook of Male Sex Work, Culture, and Society. Dale lives in Hell’s Kitchen with his super understanding husband, and Nadia, an Abyssinian who’s into Zoom meetings. twitter and insta: @dalecorvino

Danielle Buckingham (Nonfiction - 2021)

Danielle Buckingham, affectionately known as Dani Bee, is a Chicago-born, Mississippi-raised writer and creative based in Oxford, Mississippi. An alum of VONA and the 2020 Hurston Wright Foundation Writer’s Week, Dani’s work has been published or is forthcoming in midnight & indigo literary magazine, Raising Mothers, New Orleans Review, and elsewhere. When Dani isn’t writing or tending to her plants, you can find her talking Black spirituality, growing up in Mississippi, and pop culture on the Hoodoo Plant Mamas podcast. More of her published (and unpublished) writing can be found on her patreon. In addition, she is currently a Southern Studies graduate student at the University of Mississippi where she focuses on the collection and archiving of Black, Queer, & Southern oral histories.

David Paul (Fiction - 2021)

David Paul is a Bay Area writer and musician. He is an alumnus of the Community of Writers Fiction Workshop, where he studied with Paul Harding, Tom Barbash, and Kirstin Valdez Quade, among others. His fiction explores themes of sexual identity, displacement, and family drama. David lives in San Francisco, where he enjoys eating from food trucks, loitering in secondhand bookstores, and wishing the weather was warmer. He is currently working on a novel and a collection of short stories. His fiction has appeared in ZYZZYVA.

Dionne Richardson (Young Adult Fiction - 2021)

Dionne Richardson is a researcher, teacher, and former librarian. She lives in Northern Virginia and enjoys biking, hiking, and speaking Mandarin. She’s traveled around the world but likes her couch the best. She’s been writing for almost twenty years after reading the American Girl series and deciding she could write better characters and worlds. She published a short story called “Heart” in The First Line literary magazine in 2019 but has been writing a never-ending YA fantasy novel since 2011. Her favorite genres are fantasy, manga, and romantic comedies. In her spare time, she studies herbology and concocts potions in her kitchen for family and friends. Her Instagram handle is @_deerichardson_.

Dior J. Stephens (Poetry - 2021)

Dior J. Stephens is a proud Midwestern (pisces) poet. He is the author of SCREAMS & lavender, 001, and CANNON!, all with Ghost City Press. Dior holds an MFA in Creative Writing from California College of the Arts and will be beginning his doctoral studies at the University of Cincinnati this fall. Dior hopes to be a dolphin in his next life. Dior’s preferred pronouns are he/they. He tweets at @dolphinneptune and Instagrams at @dolphinphotos.

Doctora Xingona (Playwriting - 2021)

Doctora Xingona’s ancestors bloom in her/their voice. Her songs roar an otherworldly fire against oppression, exalt queer love and liberation, and create a gripping atmosphere for healing. An expansive multimedia artist and educator, Doctora Xingona’s music, poetry, performances, films, and gatherings center transcendence, kinship, and the co-liberation and nourishment of queer and trans artists of color. She is the composer behind the award-winning performance, Quiero Volver: A Xicanx Ritual Opera, and the co-founder of the BridgeSong Fund, an emergency relief program for Western MA musicians. Her debut album, Ser Artista, produced by Seth Glier, is slated for release in September of 2021.

Elaine H. Kim (Fiction - 2021)

Elaine H. Kim is a queer Korean American fiction writer born and raised in the Midwest. She has won fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the NY Foundation for the Arts, and the Jerome Foundation, and has published work in Joyland, Guernica, So to Speak, and upstreet. She won an Elizabeth George Foundation award at Hedgebrook and was a Wallace Reader’s Digest Fellow at the Millay Colony. Elaine has also been supported by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace program, the Hambidge Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Edward Albee Foundation and the Blue Mountain Center. Elaine has worked as a social justice organizer and leader for many years and convenes a writing group for women of color in the home she shares with her partner and their twins. Twitter: @ehiyoungkim; Instagram: @elainerd1.

Elizabeth Evers (Young Adult Fiction - 2021)

Elizabeth Evers (@EMEvers_writer) is writer, chemist and nerd surviving in Atlanta, GA. She loves writing science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary stories involving LGBT+ characters of color and often pulls from her own experiences as a LGBT woman of color. Her goal is to explore the possibilities of human nature to find the bright spots in life, especially when dealing with tough topics like death, suicide, and depression. Elizabeth has an MFA in Writing from Savannah College of Art and Design and a Master’s degree in Chemistry from Georgia Institute of Technology. When not writing she reserves time for scientific endeavors and all things fangirl worthy.

Elliot Joyce (Playwriting - 2021)

Raised in Arizona, Elliot decided that 120 degree summers weren’t for him and relocated to California for college. He graduated from Pitzer College in 2018 with a B.A. in theater with a focus on playwriting. With a drive to share his story, he’s been published several times but he’s always working on something new. He’s an avid fan of exploring his own complex relationship with gender, family, and culture through writing. He enjoys playing D&D on the weekend and getting caught in the rain. Catch him on Twitter @eleldelmots.

Chanel Glover (Playwriting - 2019)

Chanel Glover is a former lawyer and special education teacher, with a current focus on screenwriting, playwriting, music, & fiction. In May 2014, she completed an MFA in playwriting at Ohio University. Chanel was a featured playwright in terraNOVA Collective’s Groundbreakers Playwrights Group in 2015. She’s screenwriter for the SEX IS A GOD THING (2014) viral short, and for the upcoming digital series, premiering at the Black Harvest Film Festival in August 2019. Chanel served as co-host/producer of the podcast, OVERQUALIFIED & DRUNK (2016 – SOULE LGBT). She is also co-writer and producer for the quasi-animated digital series, SASHA & CONDI (late 2019).

Charles Jensen (Young Adult Fiction - 2019)

Charles Jensen is the author of the poetry collection Nanopedia and six chapbooks of poems. His first collection, The First Risk, was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. He received the 2018 Zócalo Poetry Prize, a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize, the 2007 Frank O’Hara Chapbook Award, the Red Mountain Review Chapbook Award, and an Artist’s Project Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts. His poetry has appeared in American Poetry Review, Crab Orchard Review, Field, The Journal, New England Review, and Prairie Schooner. He lives in Los Angeles and directs the Writers’ Program at UCLA Extension.

Charlie Miller (Young Adult Fiction - 2019)

Charlie Miller is a New York born, Boston based, and Baltimore bound writer, scholar, educator, and aspiring disney villain who is dedicated to youth and youth literature from many angles. He received his BFA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College in 2014 and just graduated from Simmons University with an MLS and an MA in Children’s Literature. He is interested in representations of queerness, mental illness, disability, and religion in youth literature, particularly in fantasy and horror. Right now, he is working on a novel about a queen bee, a doppelgänger, and the complexities of trans male experience.

Charlotte Marchant (Nonfiction - 2019)

Charlotte Marchant was born and raised in New York with working class activist roots. She is a Lesbian still trying to figure out the world but now seeing it through the lens of a 70 year old. She has a blog/memoir based on 100 letters from her father written from 1963-1976 and on her own activism in the Sixties. She has read excerpts to enthusiastic audiences at Dixon Place in NYC and in San Francisco.

Chekwube Danladi (Fiction - 2019)

Chekwube Danladi was born in Lagos, Nigeria and raised in Washington, D.C. and West Baltimore. Their chapbook, Take Me Back, was included as part of the New-Generation African Poets: Nne boxset. They have received support from Callaloo, Kimbilio, the Vermont Studio Center, Hedgebrook, and the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing. They are currently at work on a novel about queers living in Abuja, Nigeria.

Cori Bratby-Rudd (Poetry - 2019)

Cori Bratby-Rudd is a queer LA-based writer and co-founder of Influx Collectiv(e)’s Queer Poetry Reading Series. She graduated Cum Laude from UCLA’s Gender Studies department, and received her MFA in Creative Writing from California Institute of the Arts. She has been published in Ms. Magazine, The Gordian Review, Califragile, PANK Magazine, Entropy, Crab Fat Magazine, among others. She won the Editorial Choice Award for her research paper in Audeamus Academic Journal and was nominated as one of Lambda Literary’s 2018 Emerging Writers. Her manuscript Dis/owned: Confessions of a Frankgaybe is a semi-finalist for YesYes Book’s 2019 Pamet River Prize.

Damitri Martinez (Fiction - 2019)

Damitri Martinez is a writer from Denver, Colorado. He was a high school English teacher for six years before he decided to fully embrace creative writing. He holds a BA and MA in English Literature. His first publication was with Lambda-nominated Foglifter Press, and he has a second, forthcoming story appearing in the 2019 Fall issue of Foglifter. He continues to write short stories and work on his novel, among other creative projects.

Danez Smith (Poetry - 2019)

Danez Smith is a Black, Queer, Poz writer & performer from St. Paul, MN. Danez is the author of Don’t Call Us Dead (Graywolf Press, 2017), winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection, the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award, and a finalist for the National Book Award, and [insert] boy (YesYes Books, 2014), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. They are the recipient of fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the Montalvo Arts Center, Cave Canem, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Danez’s work has been featured widely including on Buzzfeed, The New York Times, PBS News Hour, Best American Poetry, Poetry Magazine, and on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Danez is a member of the Dark Noise Collective and is the co-host of VS with Franny Choi, a podcast sponsored by the Poetry Foundation and Postloudness. Danez’s third collection, Homie, will be published by Graywolf in Spring 2020.

Danny Thanh Nguyen (2019)

Writer-in-residence Danny Thanh Nguyen’s short stories and personal essays have appeared in The Journal, South Dakota Review, Entropy, New Delta Review, Gulf Coast, and other magazines. He is editor of AS IS, an anthology of Vietnamese American art and literature, and has been awarded fellowships from Kundiman and Voices of Our Nation Foundation (VONA). Danny recently received an individual artist grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission for his collection of essays about parallel survivalism between Southeast Asian American refugee communities and queer leather communities in the post-AIDS epidemic era. He runs a social media persona project he calls “Sluterary Thirsterature” on Instagram.

Darcy Parker Bruce (Playwriting - 2019)

Darcy Parker Bruce is a playwright and educator from New Haven, CT, and a graduate of the MFA Playwriting program at Smith College. Darcy was the recipient of a 2017 Tennessee Williams Scholarship through the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and was granted ATHE’s 2018 Judith Royer Award For Excellence in Theater, which brought new play SOLDIER POET to Boston. SOLDIER POET was also the 2018 Connecticut State Recipient of Portland Stage’s Clauder Prize. Their play EAST OF THE SUN was published in Summer of 2017 through Applause/ Hal Leonard’s Best American Short Plays. Darcy has most recently been commissioned by Chester Theater Company to write a play for their 2020 Season.

David Aloi (Fiction - 2019)

David Aloi is a writer living in Los Angeles. He received his MFA in fiction from California College of the Arts and has worked at McSweeney’s, ScholarMatch, Medium, and Grindr. His writing has appeared in The Rumpus, Flaunt, INTO, Cuepoint, and Switchback, and is forthcoming from CutBank Online. He was recently awarded a 2019 MacDowell Fellowship for fiction and is currently finishing a book of stories about modern (gay) life.

DeLon Howell (Nonfiction - 2019)

DeLon Howell lives and writes in Los Angeles, where he works in communications, occasionally participated in readings, and workshops regularly with a trusted crew of talented writers. His work has appeared in Hypertext Magazine, snapdragon: a journal of aft & healing, Stonecoast Review, Tahoma Literary Review, and Wanderlust Journal. He has previously been a recipient of the Esalen Emerging Writers Fellowship.

Edwin Alexis Gómez (Playwriting - 2019)

Edwin Alexis Gómez is a Los Angeles based Queer Nicaraguan-American writer, performer and director. His body of work blends the exquisite pain and resounding beauty of love and life, and becomes its own mythology. Gómez’ one-act play Flower of Anger opened this Spring as part of Q Youth Foundation’s Eastside Queer Stories Festival. His micro short “Quédate Callado” won a Grand Jury Award at the 2018 Outfest Fusion Film Festival, and his second short film “La Sad Boy” was recently named an official selection of this year’s Outfest Film Festival where it will have its world premiere. Gómez is currently working on his forthcoming book of poetry La segunda muerte y otras cosas olvidadas, and is in pre-production for his short film “Joyride” which received a Latino Public Broadcasting grant and follows two teenage sisters who break their grandmother out of her senior living facility for one last joyride.

Eloghosa Osunde (Fiction - 2019)

Eloghosa Osunde is a writer and visual artist. She’s a 2017 recipient of the Miles Morland Scholarship, which was awarded to her to write her debut novel. Her writing has been published in a number of places, including Catapult, Longreads and Berlin Quarterly, and her visual art exhibited across four continents. She is also working on a short story collection, and is now represented by the Wiley Agency. When not in her work, Eloghosa can be found on a dancefloor somewhere, moving into the morning.

Charlie James Cote (Playwriting - 2018)

Charlie James Cote is a playwright from Atlanta, Georgia. He is the recipient of the 2013 Columbia College Chicago Fresh Play Prize. His work has been developed at Chicago Dramatists and Horizon Theatre, where he was a Young Playwright’s Fellow in 2010. He is thrilled to return to Horizon Theatre as a playwriting apprentice for the upcoming 2018/2019 season. A lifelong storyteller, Charlie also harbors passions for screenwriting and creative non-fiction, as well as dramaturgy and new play development. Often explored topics in Charlie’s work include existential dread, time, gay love, the intersection of science and the arts, and the paradox of masculinity. In undergrad, a professor once described his playwriting style as “poetic realism,” he isn’t entirely sure what this means, but he has included the label in every artistic statement since.

Chinelo Okparanta (Fiction - 2018)

Born and raised in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Chinelo Okparanta is the winner of two Lambda Literary Awards, the 2016 Jessie Redmon Fauset Book Award in Fiction, the 2016 Inaugural Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award from the Publishing Triangle, and a 2014 O. Henry Prize. Other honors include shortlisting for the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award, a 2017 Amelia Bloomer Project Selection (of the American Library Association), a nomination for the 2016 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, a nomination for the 2016 NAACP Image Award in Fiction, and finalist selections for the 2014 New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award as well as for the Etisalat Prize for Literature. She has published work in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, the Kenyon Review, AGNI, and other venues, and was named one of Granta’s six New Voices for 2012. In 2017, Okparanta was named one of Granta‘s Best of Young American Novelists.

Christopher Bakka (Nonfiction - 2018)

Christopher Bakka is a writer from Texas. He studied English literature and theatre at Knox College, where he was awarded a Ford fellowship to attend the summer writing program at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. His work has appeared in If You Can Hear This and in Assaracus, both from Sibling Rivalry Press. A lover of languages, he’s translated Arthur Rimbaud’s A Season in Hell and The Illuminations, as well as several works by François Augiéras, from the French. He’s working on a record of his time in Paris, France.

Cori Bratby-Rudd (Poetry - 2018)

Cori Bratby-Rudd is an eclectic writer from the Bay Area. As a recent graduate from UCLA’s Gender Studies department, and a current MFA candidate in Creative Writing at California Institute of the Arts, she enjoys incorporating themes of emotional healing and social justice into her creative and non-fiction works. She has been published in Ms. Magazine, DryLand Lit Press, FEM News, Canyon News, Rainy Day Magazine, Westwind Journal of the Arts and she recently received an editorial choice award in Audeamus’ Academic Journal for the best research piece.

Dana Alsamsam (Poetry - 2018)

Dana Alsamsam is a queer, Syrian-American poet from Chicago, and an MFA candidate at Emerson College. She is the author of a chapbook, (in)habit (tenderness, yea press, 2018), and her poems are published or forthcoming in Bone Bouquet, Gigantic Sequins, Poetry East, Tinderbox Poetry, Cosmonauts Avenue, Fugue, The Boiler Journal, BOOTH and others.

Daniel Elder (Nonfiction - 2018)

Daniel Elder lives in Oregon with his cat, Terence. His writing appears at The Rumpus, Gertrude Press, Portland Review, Maudlin House, and more. He’s writing a book about his mom, whom he misses very much.

Echo Pane (2018)

Writer-in-Residence Echo Pane is a returning 2015 Lambda Literary Fellow. Her work has appeared in Tin House, No Tokens, and The Still. She holds an MFA in Fiction from New York University and is a bookseller in Brooklyn. She recently finished revisions on a short story collection, The Hard Outer Layer, and will begin working on a novel at Lambda.

Ellen Adams (Nonfiction - 2018)

Ellen Adams writes essays, fiction, and songs, with a particular interest in the unexpected doorways between kinship and estrangement. Recently named Ploughshares’ Emerging Writer in Nonfiction, her work appears in Black Warrior Review, Kenyon Review Online, Crazyhorse, and Singapore Art Museum, among others. She studied Comparative Literature at Princeton University and holds an MFA from Brooklyn College. Before settling in Seattle, Adams was a Fulbright grantee researching politically-engaged Thai contemporary art. As a recipient of a 2018 Elizabeth George Foundation grant, she is revising a novel and developing a book-length work of nonfiction.

emily m. danforth (Young Adult Fiction - 2018)

emily m. danforth’s debut YA novel, The Miseducation of Cameron Post (a coming-of-GAY-ge story partly about conversion therapy and set in rural Montana in the 1990s), won the Montana Book Award and was a finalist for the American Library Association’s William C. Morris Award and a Lambda Literary Award. It was also made into a feature film by queer filmmaker Desiree Akhavan. emily’s short fiction has won Chroma Magazine’s International Queer Fiction Award and Willow Springs Magazine’s George Garrett Award. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in various publications and has been featured on NPR’s program “All Things Considered.” emily is an Associate Professor of English-Creative Writing at Rhode Island College in Providence. Her second YA novel, Side Talks With Girls, is forthcoming from HarperCollins Publishers.

emily lives in Rhode Island with her wife Erica and their two semi-terrible dogs, Kevin and Sally O’Malley.

Chanelle Gallant (Nonfiction - 2017)

Chanelle Gallant is an activist-writer with a focus on sex and justice, a long-time organizer and a queer femme powerhouse. Her writing has appeared in MTV News, The Rumpus, The Establishment, Huffington Post, The Walrus and various anthologies. She is based in Toronto, Canada (Haudenesaunee, Mississauga of New Credit, Huron-Wendat territories) and is currently working on her first book.

Charlie Miller (Young Adult Fiction - 2017)

Charlie Miller is a queer trans writer, student, after school teacher, and disney villain currently based in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated Emerson College with a BFA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing, and he’s currently studying Children’s Literature and Library Services to Children at Simmons College. He likes monsters, magic, and summer camp, and you can find him on twitter @thefakechuckie.

Daniel K. Isaac (Playwriting - 2017)

Daniel K. Isaac is a Korean American actor and writer born and raised in Southern California and currently based in New York City. You can see him on the small screen as ‘Ben Kim’ in Showtime’s “Billions.” Daniel began writing several years ago in order to share conversations he had with his ultra-conservative, uber-Christian, immigrant single mother. If you’d like to know too much about this hilariously sad // painfully funny relationship, head on over to According To My Mother.

Danny Thanh Nguyen (Nonfiction - 2017)

Danny Thanh Nguyen is the editor of AS IS, an anthology of Vietnamese American art and literature. He received his MFA from Indiana University where he served as fiction editor of Indiana Review. Danny’s short stories and personal essays have appeared (or is forthcoming) in South Dakota Review, Gulf Coast, Entropy, New Delta Review, Foglifter, Hyphen Magazine, and other journals. He is currently a Kundiman Fiction Fellow and lives in San Francisco. @engrishlessons.

Daryn Wilde (Young Adult Fiction - 2017)

Daryn Wilde thinks of herself mostly as a ‘hermit crab’. Like, this fleshy thing she walks around in is just the shell and she’s this odd, squishy, carapaced thing inside that peeks out through the ocular openings. She also thinks she has a ‘rabbit heart’. She thinks of herself in terms of lots of odd animal metaphors, huh? She lives in New Jersey. She’s a librarian. She’s a vegan. She’s a non-binary, grey-A, what’s-it-to-ya? She drinks too much coffee (or so they say). Her writing is usually dark and twisty.

Diana Cage (Nonfiction - 2017)

Diana Cage (NONFICTION) is an author, performer, essayist, and editor. She is the author of six books and editor of two anthologies of fiction and essays. Diana’s most recent book, Lesbian Sex Bible won a 2015 Lambda Literary Award. Her other nonfiction books include Mind Blowing Sex: A Woman’s Guide, Girl Meets Girl: A Dating Survival Guide, Threeways, Bottoms Up: Writing About Sex and the chapbook The Husbands. Diana’s nonfiction writing blends essay, memoir, and nonfiction prose to look intimately at sex, sexuality, bodies, relationships, and queerness. She is also a member of the feminist avant-garde literary collective Belladonna*, promoting and publishing critical, political poetry and prose. Diana was formerly editor of the historic lesbian magazine On Our Backs, and host of The Diana Cage Show on SiriusXM. She lives in Brooklyn and teaches writing at Pratt Institute.

Dr. Jonathan P. Higgins (Nonfiction - 2017)

Dr. Jonathan P. Higgins is a speaker, educator and thought leader. A Southern California native, his work has been featured in Mused Magazine, Contrast Magazine and on sites like Blavity, TheRoot, and Attn. Dr. Higgins just recently completed a TEDx talk on the process of unlearning fear and embracing personal power and is a faculty member for this year’s Campus Pride summer camp.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Tran (Fiction - 2017)

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Tran is a high school English teacher, a near-graduate of an MFA in Fiction, a mother of two magical little boys, and a Kundiman Fiction Fellow—a space dedicated to the cultivation of Asian American Literature. She has written newspaper articles about social justice for the Vietnamese American community in Orange County, California. She is a lover of nature and words, a Vietnamese culture that doesn’t recognize her, people of color, and feminism. Currently, she is agonizing over a series of linked Vietnamese stories that reimagines Vietnam, myth, and war, while next to the ocean she can’t breathe without.

Celeste Chan (2016)

Writer-in-Residence Celeste Chan is a queer artist, activist, writer, and filmmaker, schooled by DIY and immigrant parents from Malaysia and the Bronx, NY. She makes experimental and hybrid genre work. Her recent writing can be found in AWAY, cream city review’s genrequeer folio, and the Glitter & Grit Anthology. In addition to her own practice, Chan curates, collaborates, and creates platforms to amplify fellow artists. Alongside KB Boyce, she directs Queer Rebels, a queer and trans people of color arts project. She’s a contributing editor to Foglifter, a new literary journal of queer form & content. Chan is thrilled to launch new projects in 2016. She is collaborating with Elliat Graney-Saucke to create ART Heart: Children of Riot Grrrl and Beyond, an experimental documentary (est. completion 2018). Her multimedia solo show, (Re)generation, debuts June 15 and 16 at SAFEhouse (Saving Art From Extinction) in San Francisco.

Charles Stephens (Playwriting - 2016)

Charles Stephens is a writer and activist. He is the founder and Executive Director of the Counter Narrative Project and co-editor of the anthology Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam’s Call. His writings have appeared in the anthologies: Think Again, If We Have to Take Tomorrow, For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Still Not Enough and publications such as Georgia Voice, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Lambda Literary Review, Creative Loafing, and RH Reality Check.

Chen Chen (Poetry - 2016)

Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and forthcoming spring 2017 from BOA Editions, Ltd. His work has previously appeared in two chapbooks and publications such as Poetry, The Massachusetts Review, Best of the Net, and The Best American Poetry. He holds an MFA from Syracuse University and is currently a PhD candidate in English and Creative Writing at Texas Tech University.

Chris Puglisi (Playwriting - 2016)

Chris Puglisi is a playwright and poet from Phoenix, Arizona. He is a proud VONA/Voices alum. His work focuses on the intersections of blackness, queerness, and memory. He is in his fourth year at Oberlin College, where he majors in Africana Studies.

Christina Tesoro (Young Adult Fiction - 2016)

Christina Tesoro is a writer, sex educator, and youth counselor at the Ali Forney Center in New York City. She is an alumna of the Black Forest Writing Seminar in 2015, where she studied fiction and creative non-fiction with Roxane Gay. She has published work at The Establishment, The Toast, The Rumpus, The Learned Fangirl, Cosmo, and Revelist. She also blogs about all things sex, sexuality, and relationship related at Along Came Poly. She tweets, sparsely, @storyqday, and is not nearly as glum as she appears.

Clayton Delery-Edwards (Nonfiction - 2016)

Clayton Delery-Edwards is best known for his book, The Up Stairs Lounge Arson (McFarland 2014), which was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in LGBT Nonfiction, and which was named Book of the Year by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities—the first time an LGBT-themed book has been given this award. His work has appeared in such scholarly and popular journals as TEXT, The James White Review, The Xavier Review, and Garden Deck and Landscape Magazine. He lives in New Orleans with his husband, Aaron, and is currently working on another nonfiction book about LGBT history in New Orleans.

Cooper Lee Bombardier (Nonfiction - 2016)

Cooper Lee Bombardier is a writer and visual artist based in Portland, Oregon. His work appears in many publications and anthologies, most recently in CutBank, Nailed Magazine, Original Plumbing, and is forthcoming in The Kenyon Review and MATRIX, as well as the anthology The Remedy–Essays on Queer Health Issues, (ed. Zena Sharman) from Arsenal Pulp Press. He teaches writing at Portland State University, the University of Portland, at Grant High School through Writers in The Schools, and online at LitReactor.

Damian Alexander (Young Adult Fiction - 2016)

Damian Alexander is a writer, cartoonist, and finder of lost things who was born and raised in and around Boston, Massachusetts. He is currently working on an eclectic collection of stories for children and teens. His favorite word is juxtaposition and his written and illustrative works often go hand in hand.. His personal essays, as well as articles on children’s media have appeared on Narratively, Pacific Standard, BuzzFeed, The Mary Sue, and more. He is currently pursuing an MFA in Writing for Children at Simmons College.

Daphne Gottlieb (Fiction - 2016)

Daphne Gottlieb stitches together the ivory tower and the gutter just using her tongue. She is the author of 10 books including the short stories Pretty Much Dead. Other works include Dear Dawn, letters by the “first female serial killer”, Aileen Wuornos. She is also the author of 5 books of poetry, a graphic novel, and the editor of 2 anthologies. Daphne is the winner of the Acker, the Audre Lorde, and the Firecracker Alternative Book Awards, and is a 5-time Lammy finalist. She lives in San Francisco, where she saves the world with her 3-lb toothless dog, Doomsday.

Edmond Manning (Fiction - 2016)

Edmond Manning has always been fascinated by fiction: how ordinary words could be sculpted into heartfelt emotions, how heartfelt emotions could leave an imprint inside you stronger than the real world. He is the author of King Perry, King Mai (Lambda Awards Finalist 2013), The Butterfly King, King John, Filthy Acquisitions, and contributor to the bear anthology, A Taste of Honey. In addition to fiction, Edmond enjoys writing nonfiction. His essays, I Probably Shouldn’t Have Done That, were a finalist in the Indie Book Publishing Awards, GLBT category. Feel free to contact him at remembertheking@comcast.net or on Facebook under his name, Edmond Manning.

Elaina Ellis (Poetry - 2016)

Elaina Ellis is a poet and editor in the Pacific Northwest. She’s the author of Write About an Empty Birdcage (Write Bloody Publishing), the founder of TumbleMe Productions, a one-time teacher and director at Bent Writing Institute, and a founding member of the Jewish Voice for Peace Artist Council. Elaina holds an MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles and works at Copper Canyon Press.

Emil Ostrovski (Young Adult Fiction - 2016)

Emil Ostrovski is a graduate of Columbia University’s Master of Fine Arts in writing program. His debut novel, The Paradox of Vertical Flight, was published in the U.S., Spain, and Germany, and his second novel, Away We Go, was released in 2016. His short fiction has appeared in Lightspeed, Prism International, The New Orleans Review, Word Riot, The Atticus Review, and other venues The author lives in San Diego, California.

Cherríe Moraga (Playwriting - 2015)

Cherríe Moraga is playwright, poet, and essayist whose plays and publications have received national recognition, including: a TCG Theatre Artist Residency Grant, the NEA’s Theatre Playwrights’ Fellowship, two Fund for New American Plays awards, the Pen West Award, a Drama-logue and Critic Circles Award, two Gerbode-Hewlett Playwrights Collaboration Awards, and several Creative Work Fund and MAP Fund Grants. In 2007, she was awarded the United States Artist Rockefeller Fellowship for Literature (Drama) and is a recipient of The American Studies Association Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2013, she received the “Pioneer” Award from the Lambda Literary Foundation.

Moraga is the co-editor of This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, which won the Before Columbus American Book Award in 1986. She is the author of several titles, including Waiting in the Wings – Portrait of a Queer Motherhood (Firebrand, 1997). In 2011, Duke University Press published her most recent essay collection, A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness: Writings 2000-2010. Her three volumes of drama are published through West End Press of Albuquerque, New Mexico. They include: Heroes and Saints and Other Plays; Watsonville/Circle in the Dirt; and, The Hungry Woman.

A Bay Area playwright, Moraga plays have been developed and presented in San Francisco and throughout the Southwest, as well as in Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle and New York. In 1995, “Heart of the Earth,” Moraga’s adaptation of the Maya Popol Vuh, premiered at the Public Theatre. Her most recent play, NEW FIRE—To Put Things Right Again (with visual artist, Celia Herrera Rodríguez), had its world premiere at Brava Theater Center in January 2012, where over 3,000 people witnessed the work in its 10-day run.

For over 15 years, Moraga has served as Artist in Residence in Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford University, with a joint appointment in Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity. She is a founding member of La Red Xicana Indígena, a network of Xicanas working in education, the arts, and international organizing.

Ed Moreno (Fiction - 2015)

Originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico, Ed came to Australia for a visit in 1995, fell in love with the rowdy, sophisticated locals, and now calls Australia home. He teaches creative writing at the University of Melbourne, where he lives in a palace in the sky with Cory, his partner of ten years, and a little moppet called Poppet. Ed is currently writing a thesis on Brazilian writer Caio Fernando Abreu and the emergence of the AIDS epidemic in Brazil. He imagines that field research will be necessary, and looks forward to exploring archives and old newspapers in some glorious marble library in downtown Rio de Janeiro by day and improving his Portuguese with the aid of caipirinhas by night. He is forever working on his first collection of short stories. Ed’s short stories have appeared at blithe.com, questions.com.au, Mini Shots, Poslink, and in Cleis Press’ Best Gay Romance and Best Gay Erotica.

Elisa Ardis Garcia (2015)

A returning 2008 LLF fellow, Writer-in-Residence Elisa Ardis Garcia is a freelance essayist and fiction writer with a professional background in finance and an educational background in theatre. She is currently working on her debut novel.

Emily Jaeger (Poetry - 2015)

Emily Jaeger is a returned Peace Corps volunteer and backyard organic farmer who dreams in four languages. Currently, an MFA candidate in poetry at UMASS Boston, she is co-editor/co-founder of the Window Cat Press, a zine for young, emerging artists. The recipient of the Mary Curran scholarship for writing, her poem “Mercenary” was nominated for the Pushcart Award and her work has been published in Arc, Broad!, Broadsided, Cecile’s Writers Magazine, the Jewish Journal and Zeek.

Emma Copley Eisenberg (Fiction - 2015)

Emma Copley Eisenberg writes fiction, nonfiction, and journalism. She has an MFA in fiction from the University of Virginia and a BA from Haverford College. She can be found in Charlottesville, VA, or moonlighting in Pocahontas County, WVa, Chelsea, and West Philadelphia. Her work has appeared in Gulf Coast, The New Republic, Salon, The Rumpus, Autostraddle, Cutbank, Five Chapters, and others, and has won awards from Narrative and The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Say hello @EmmaEisenberg.

Celeste Chan (Nonfiction - 2014)

Celeste Chan is a writer and artist/organizer, schooled by DIY and immigrant parents from Malaysia and the Bronx, NY. A VONA fellow, her writing can be found in As/us journal, Feminist Wire, and Hyphen blog. Her films have screened in CAAMFest, Digital Desperados, Entzaubert, Frameline, MIX NYC, National Queer Arts Festival, and Vancouver Queer Film Festival, among others. She has presented and curated in the SF Bay Area, NYC, Seattle, Bloomington, Glasgow, Berlin, and beyond. Alongside KB Boyce, she co-directs Queer Rebels, a queer and trans people of color arts project. She lives in San Francisco.

Charles Rice-González (Writers in Residence - 2014)

Charles Rice-González, born in Puerto Rico and reared in the Bronx, is a writer, long-time community and LGBT activist, co-founder of BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance and a Distinguished Lecturer at Hostos Community College – CUNY. He received a B.A. in Communications from Adelphi University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College. His debut novel, Chulito (Magnus 2011), has received awards and recognitions from American Library Association (ALA) and the National Book Critics Circle. He co-edited From Macho to Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction (Tincture 2011) with Charlie Vázquez. He is also an award-winning playwright and his play I Just Love Andy Gibb will be published in Blacktino Queer Performance: A Critical Anthology co-edited by E. Patrick Johnson and Ramón H. Rivera-Servera in 2015. He received an Audre Lorde scholarship from the ZAMI Foundation, a P.R.I.D.E. (Puerto Rican Initiative to Develop Empowerment) Award and the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Dr. Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award in 2014. Charles serves as the chair of the board for The Bronx Council on the Arts and NALAC – The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, and is an active organizer for the Queer Latina/o Writers Collective.

Claudia Moss (Genre Fiction - 2014)

CLAUDIA MOSS is the author of two novels, Dolly: The Memoirs of a High School Graduate (her Holloway House debut, adolescent novel) and If You Love Me, Come (her sophomore, self-published novel). She has authored a short fiction collection, a series of books debuting the feisty Ms. Wanda B. Wonders, a contemporary of Langston Hughes’ Jessie B. Simple. In addition, Claudia is the author of Soft Tsunami: a poetry collection showcasing lesbian desire. Her short fiction has appeared in a host of anthologies including Longing, Lust, and Love: Black Lesbian Stories (Nghosi Books), Gietic: Erotic Poems/Kinky Short Stories (Gia Bella & The Siren), The Lust Chronicles (e-book), The Hoot & Holler of the Owls (Hurston/Wright Publications), Purple Panties (Strebor Books), SWING!: Adventures in Swinging By Today’s Top Erotica Writers (Logical-Lust Publications),Life, Love & Lust and Her Voice (Lesbian Memoirs). Her poetry has appeared inVenus Magazine and a Pearl Cleage magazine with the theme “What Women Want.”

Corey Saucier (Genre Fiction - 2014)

Corey Saucier is an African American Queer artist living in Los Angeles. He is a Lambda Literary Fellow in Fiction and Non-Fiction and is currently penning his first novel. His musings and wanderings on Love, Life, and Non-sense can be found at www.justwords.tumblr.com

David Weinstein (Nonfiction - 2014)

David Weinstein is a writer and editor based in Boston. He works as an editorial assistant at Ploughshares and is an editorial consultant in his spare time. His MFA in nonfiction, still underway at Emerson College, has him writing personal and biographical essays. Of particular interest to him is the impact of technology on gay communities and relationships. His work has appeared in Slate, among other publications.

Ed Moreno (Fiction - 2014)

Ed Moreno is a writer, lecturer and bookseller living in Melbourne, Australia. He is currently undertaking a PhD on hate crimes against LBGT in Brazil, which has the highest homicide rate against LGBT in the world. Originally from New Mexico, Ed came to Australia “for a visit” in 1995, attended the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, fell in love with the rowdy, sophisticated locals and the bush and the beaches and the cities and now calls Australia home. Ed’s short stories have appeared at blithe.com, questions.com.au, Mini Shots, Poslink, and in Cleis Press’ Best Gay Romance and Best Gay Erotica. He is currently working on his first collection of short stories.

Eduardo C. Corral (Poetry - 2014)

Eduardo C. Corral is a CantoMundo fellow. He holds degrees from Arizona State University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry 2012, Beloit Poetry Journal, Jubilat, New England Review, Ploughshares, and Poetry. His work has been honored with a “Discovery“/The Nation Award, the J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize from Poetry, and writing residencies to the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. He has served as the Olive B. O’Connor Fellow in Creative Writing at Colgate University and as the Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell University. Slow Lightning, his first book of poems, was selected by Carl Phillips as the 2011 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. He’s the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He lives in New York City.

Elizabeth Sims (Genre Fiction (Emphasis on Mysteries and Thrillers) - 2014)

Elizabeth Sims is the author of short stories and novels, including the Rita Farmer Mysteries (St. Martin’s Minotaur) and the Lambda award-winning Lillian Byrd crime novels (Alyson Books). A Contributing Editor at Writer’s Digest magazine, and a popular instructor at workshops and conferences across the country, Elizabeth has helped thousands of fledgling writers find their wings. Her instructional title, You’ve Got a Book in You: A Stress-Free Guide to Writing the Book of Your Dreams (released by Writer’s Digest Books in 2013), became a bestseller at Barnes & Noble and Amazon. “Writing is easy,” says Elizabeth, “if you get the hell out of your own way and unleash your natural talent.” Elizabeth earned degrees in English from Michigan State University and Wayne State University, where she won the Tompkins Award for graduate fiction. She belongs to several literary societies as well as American Mensa.

Che Gossett (Nonfiction - 2013)

Che Gossett is a black queerly gendered and femme fabulous activist and writer. They have published chapters in The Transgender Studies Reader volume 2 (Routledge 2013) edited by Susan Stryker and Aren Aziura, in Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex (AK Press 2011) edited by Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith and are currently working on a biography of queer of color AIDS activist Kiyoshi Kuromiya.

Dakota Shain Byrd (Young Adult Fiction - 2013)

Dakota Shain Byrd was born in Dallas Texas and grew up all over the US. He and Skyeler–the main character in his novel The Black Night Rave–are both gay and Third Culture Kids, having fathers in the Marines. While he is an unpublished novelist, he has published poetry, short stories, novel excerpts and photography, has written for The Dallas Voice and interned for them. He’s single also, guys 22-26. Holly Black sent him a hand written letter with a chapter critique, so he takes that as a sign that he’s going to be big–you should too.

Dave Ring (Young Adult Fiction - 2013)

dave ring is a speculative fiction writer, poet, trainer and counselor. He was born near Boston, educated in Dublin and currently based in Washington, DC. He is currently working on a coauthored novel and as many short stories as he can wrangle.

David Groff (Poetry - 2013)

David Groff’s new book Clay was chosen by Michael Waters as winner of the Louise Bogan Award and is being published this year by Trio House Press. His previous collection, Theory of Devolution, was selected by Mark Doty for the National Poetry Series and was nominated for the Lambda Literary and Publishing Triangle awards. With Philip Clark he is coeditor of Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS (Alyson) and with Jim Elledge he co-edited Who’s Yer Daddy? Gay Writers Celebrate Their Mentors and Forerunners, just published by the University of Wisconsin Press. David’s poetry has appeared in American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Chicago Review, Court Green, Georgia Review, Inkwell, The Iowa Review, Margie, Mead, Phat’itude, Poetry, and other magazines. He has received residencies and fellowships from The Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, the Hall Farm Center, Hidden River Arts Foundation, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, Ragdale, the Santa Fe Art Institute, the Saltonstall Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Wildacres Retreat. David received an A.B. from Princeton and an M.F.A. and M.A. from the University of Iowa. An independent book editor and literary scout — and with Jameson Fitzpatrick an editor of the Lambda Literary Poetry Spotlight — he has taught at NYU and Rutgers University and with the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Since 2007 he has taught in the M.F.A. Graduate Creative Writing Program at the City College of New York. [Photo credit: Alan Barnett]

David Rutiezer (Poetry - 2013)

David Rutiezer, the grandchild of Jewish immigrants, was raised in Illinois and Massachusetts. He sings and plays keyboard and ukulele, has studied music therapy, and since 2004 has been performing and developing The David Show, a constantly evolving interactive musical variety program for folks with Alzheimer’s, young children, and people of all walks of life. He has taught Spanish after school, and has performed and taught Israeli and International folk dancing for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. He writes poetry and essays, and graduated in 2012 from the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA. David lives in Portland, Oregon, where he has volunteered for numerous community organizations, including Friends of William Stafford, Cascade Festival of African Films and the Oregon Holocaust Memorial.

Eric Kossina (Fiction - 2013)

Eric Kossina is based in Orlando, Florida and spends most of his day avoiding the heat. You will find him inside, in the air conditioning, where he is writes short stories, short essays, and a play about sexuality in daily life. He blogs occasionally about music culture at Nothing Sounds Better.

Charan P. Morris (Poetry - 2012)

Charan P. Morris is a poet/performer/educator transplanted from Chicago to New York. She has been teaching literature in the NY public schools for seven years. Poetry takes its rightful place in her life — neck and neck with teaching. She has performed as a feature poet at a number of festivals and venues, namely The Brooklyn Academy of Music, Nuyorican Poets Café, DC Poetry Festival. Charan has shared a stage with artists such as Gill Scott-Heron, Lemon Anderson, The Last Poets, Staceyann Chin, Ishle Park, Tara Betts and others. After completing the Cave Canem spring writing intensive, she has just finished her first chapbook, When A Locked Door Opens, which explores the shifting relationship between family and the self.

Che Gossett (Nonfiction - 2012)

Che Gossett is a genderqueer activist and writer, a contributor to Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex, a steering committee member of the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance and ACT UP Philadelphia. Che has forthcoming writing on neoliberalism and memorialization of sites of queer and/or trans resistance in the second volume of the Transgender Studies Reader and forthcoming writing on the struggle to decriminalize HIV/AIDS in the sociopolitical context of black radicalism, queer and trans liberation and prison abolitionist organizing. They are excited about and looking forward to L.A. sunshine, queer and/or trans collective brilliance and creativity nourishing literary gatherings. As an LLF Emerging Writers Retreat Fellow, Che will be finalizing their book proposal: a biography of AIDS activist Kiyoshi Kuromiya (1943-2000).

Cheraé Clark (Fiction - 2012)

Cheraé Clark is a recent graduate from the University of Kansas where she studied English and French. Though she is a Kansas native, she was greatly influenced by living in England for two years, where she developed a penchant for accent imitation. Over summers, she helps teach English and creative writing to gifted youth in middle and high school and she moonlights as a personal trainer. She’ll spend her newfound freedom writing and finding ways to help teens in Kansas City find creative emotional outlets. She’s been published in KU literary magazines Comma, Splice and Kiosk and has presented her stories on masculine-of-center queers at KU’s Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Christina Clover (Young Adult Fiction - 2012)

Christina Clover is a femme writer from England. She is currently completing a MA degree at the prestigious Bath Spa University and hopes to embark on a PHD course next year. She is working on “Riding the Line,” a Young Adult novel which introduces a teenaged girl coming to terms with her sexuality, after experiencing a devastating crush on an older woman. Christina has a young daughter and a house filled with pets. She has travelled around Europe and Africa, and is looking forward to extending her lesbian arms to the United States.

Christopher Marnach (Fiction - 2012)

Christopher Marnach grew up on a farm in Iowa and has worked as a cook, a copy boy, a bartender, an essay scorer, a canvasser, and a graphic designer for a funeral card company. Currently, he is at Columba College Chicago, pursuing an MFA in Fiction Writing. He is at work on a few short stories, a novella, and two novels, one about an Iowa farmer revolt in the 1930s, and another about the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland in the 1960s, an excerpt of which was long-listed for the 2011 Fish Publishing Short Story Award in Ireland.

Cris Beam (Nonfiction - 2012)

Cris Beam is an author and professor in New York City. She is the author of Transparent, a nonfiction book that covers seven years in the lives of four transgender teenagers, which won the Lambda Literary Award for best transgender book in 2008, and was a Stonewall Honor book. Her young adult novel, I am J, was released by Little, Brown in March 2011, and a nonfiction book about the state of foster care in the U.S. will be released by Houghton Mifflin-Harcourt in 2013. She teaches creative writing at Columbia University, New York University, The New School, and Bayview Women’s Correctional Facility. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from Columbia University and has received fellowships from the Point Foundation and the Corporation of Yaddo.

Dawn Robinson (Fiction - 2012)

Dawn Robinson is a genderqueer writer and filmmaker who makes a home in the wilds of Oakland, California. A 2011 Lambda Literary Foundation Fellow, Dawn is returning to Lambda in 2012, and will be at Voices of Our Nation (VONA), a Retreat for Writers of Color. Using universal themes, familiar dilemmas and humor, Dawn seeks a wider conversation on issues of race, gender and sexuality, one that transcends social barriers. Dawn firmly believes in the organic creative spark in each of us, and that the work we do is part of a global continuum of gratitude, rage, rebirth and irreverence. Dawn prefers pie to cake, salty to sweet, crunchy to creamy, beach over snow, dogs over cats, and fire over ice.

Dominika Bednarska (Poetry - 2012)

Dominika Bednarska is a performer, poet, writer, teacher, and academic. Her full-length solo show, My Body Love Story, recently kicked off the 2012 National Queer Arts Festival at the Garage Theater in San Francisco. Her first book of poems, Smothered Breath, will be out by the fall from Tulip Pulp Press. She has performed at Girl Talk, the Marsh, CounterPULSE, Queer Open Mic, Femme Con, Butch Voices, the Society for Disability Studies Annual Conference, and the Knitting Factory in NYC. Also, her writing has or will appear in A Different Art, The James Joyce Quarterly, Wordgathering, The Bellevue Literary Review, Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity, The Culture of Efficiency: Technology in Everyday Life, What I Want From You: An Anthology of East Bay Lesbian Poets, Ghosting Atoms, and Cripping Femme.

Dorothy Allison (Fiction - 2012)

Dorothy Allison was born in Greenville, South Carolina but makes her home in Northern California, with her partner Alix Layman, and her teenage son, Wolf Michael—and declares herself a happily born again Californian.

Ms. Allison is the author of the prize-winning novels, Bastard out of Carolina and Cavedweller, as well as the books Two or Three Things I know for Sure, Trash, Skin, and the book of poetry, The Women Who Hate me. A popular teacher and speaker, Ms. Allison has been Emory University Center for Humanistic Inquiry’s Distinguished Visiting, Writer in Residence at Columbia College in Chicago, and McGee Professor at Davidson College in North Carolina.

Elaine Howell (Fiction - 2012)

Elaine Howell is a fiction writer whose work has been published in several lit magazines, including Zyzzyva and Hemispheres. A few years ago, she was a finalist in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Competition for New Writers, and, thanks to Winnie the Pooh, was first runner-up in the 23rd International Imitation (“Bad”) Hemingway Competition for her parody, The Sun Also Rises in Hundred Acre Wood. Elaine has an M.A. in English, lives and works in Los Angeles, and is writing a collection of short stories.

Ennis Smith (Nonfiction - 2012)

Ennis Smith is an MFA graduate of the New School’s creative writing program, where his work won him the National Arts Club Literary Scholarship in Nonfiction. His memoir piece, The Super with the Toy Face, was published in the anthology New York: Lost and Found (WW Norton, Thomas Beller, editor); another memoir piece, The Rapunzel Effect, was recognized as an outstanding work of nonfiction by In Our Own Write. Other publications: Boys in the City (Bruno Gmünder Verlag GMBH, publishers), the literary journal Ganymede; Attitude: The Dancer’s Magazine, where he’s been an associate editor and dance critic since 2006. For his volunteer work with LIFEBEAT/Musicians Against AIDS, Ennis was the featured subject on PBS’s In the Life. He currently teaches writing at SUNY Empire State College in New York.

Charan P. Morris (Poetry - 2011)

Charan P. Morris is a poet/performer/educator transplanted from Chicago to New York. She has been teaching literature in the NY public schools for seven years. Poetry takes its rightful place in her life — neck and neck with teaching. She has performed as a feature poet at a number of festivals and venues, namely The Brooklyn Academy of Music, Nuyorican Poets Café, DC Poetry Festival. Charan has shared a stage with artists such as Gill Scott-Heron, Lemon Anderson, The Last Poets, Staceyann Chin, Ishle Park, Tara Betts and others. After completing the Cave Canem spring writing intensive, she has just finished her first chapbook, When A Locked Door Opens, which explores the shifting relationship between family and the self.

Charles Stephens (Nonfiction - 2011)

Charles Stephens is an Atlanta based writer. He has been published in the anthologies Think Again and If We Have to Take Tomorrow, and the online journal Loose Change. He is most inspired by memory, nostalgia, and the transgressive.

Chuck Forester (Fiction - 2011)

Chuck Forester is Wisconsin raised, Ivy educated and a San Franciscan since 1971. He is the author of Do You Live Around Here? a memoir. His poetry appeared in ZYYZZYVA, and he is currently working on a novel. He is a father, grandfather, and has been partnered for six years with John Cadle and two standard poodles. He’s a spiritual humanist who wears T-shirts and jeans.

Cooper Lee Bombardier (Fiction - 2011)

Cooper Lee Bombardier is a blue-collar transgender visual artist and self-taught writer. He was raised in the South Shore of Boston. His visual art has most recently appeared in group shows like Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, NM; the 2011 National Queer Arts Festival in San Francisco and the forthcoming ‘zine Faggot Dinosaur. Cooper’s writing has appeared in several periodicals, most recently Pathos Literary Journal and Original Plumbing, and the anthologies The Lowdown Highway, From the Inside Out, and Trans/Love. A veteran of the original Sister Spit tours, he has performed his writing all over the country. An avid fan of low-budget travel, Cooper has been to every state in the U.S. except North Dakota and Alaska. He loves good coffee, callouses, dogs, lifting weights, riding bikes and communing with nature. Currently he is pursuing a Master’s degree in Writing/Publishing at Portland State University, where he serves as a graduate assistant.

Corey Saucier (Nonfiction - 2011)

Corey Saucier is a Writer, Performer, and Post Queer Lyrical Philosopher: creating and presenting work that confronts and educates the Queer community. He cultivates his personal histories into a public voice that echoes themes of Gay Minority Identity, the Neo- Positive Perspective, Queer Faith, and the Crystal-Meth Epidemic. His 2010 One-man Show “Beautiful Abomination:” was a Powerful exploration of God, Sex, and Love that boldly challenged the audience to see beauty, purpose, and laughter in all things…

Danielle Stanard (Poetry - 2011)

Danielle Stanard has been living in California for the past two years with her girlfriend, but they will be heading back to her home state of Minnesota in June to be closer to her family. She is a proud big sister, daughter, granddaughter and niece. She is hard at work on her MFA at Antioch University, Los Angeles, and currently works as a TA at Ashford University, an online campus. She is a vigilant feminist and a very serious nerd.

David Ciminello (Fiction - 2011)

David Ciminello is a New York based writer and educator. His fiction has appeared in the Lambda Literary Award winning anthology Portland Queer: Tales of the Rose City, Underwater New York, Lumina, and on broadcastr. His poetry has appeared in Poetry Northwest. He is currently working on a novel manuscript; a queer journey through WWII era NYC that involves tomatoes, cooking, Coney Island, a missing baby, a runaway gay boy, and burlesque queen.

Dawn Robinson (Fiction - 2011)

Dawn Robinson is a butch-fag-diva living and working the gender-blur in Oakland, California. Dawn’s first publication was in Common Lives, Lesbian Lives, Vol. 2 in 1981. Recently, while completing her B.A. at University of California, Berkeley, Dawn’s poetry appeared in the Mills College Anthology and June Jordan’s Poetry for the People Anthology. Dawn was named a ZAMI Audre Lorde Scholar in 2009, and wrote, directed, edited, and starred in the short film, “My-Grations,” featured in the 2009 QWOCMAP Queer Women of Color Film Festival in San Francisco. That same year, Dawn’s short fiction appeared in Onyx, an anthology of Black student work at UC Berkeley (2010). She is currently writing a novel set in Oakland and prefers pie to cake, salty to sweet, crunchy over creamy, beach over snow, dogs over cats, and fire over ice.

E.R. (Elizabeth Anderson (Fiction - 2011)

E.R. (Elizabeth) Anderson is a butch, anti-racist white Southerner from Atlanta, Georgia. She is the Program Director at Charis Books and More, the South’s oldest and largest feminist bookstore, where she has worked since she was a teenager. Her novel in progress, Paradise Park, tells the story of the Turners, an Evangelical Catholic family of six, who operate a sin and salvation themed amusement park in Alapaha, Georgia. When not writing, E.R. is a recovering academic, lazy athlete, and serious lover of bulldogs, cooking, and the Atlanta Braves.

Ean Weslyn (Genre Fiction - 2011)

Ean Weslynn is an Aries, UW-Madison graduate and a self-taught writer. When not running a support group for queer youth in Madison, Ean works on his urban fantasy series The Quarterlife Crises. The first book, The Freshman Fifteen, will be e-published fall 2011.

Ellery Washington (Nonfiction - 2011)

Ellery Washington teaches fiction and creative nonfiction in the BFA Writing Program at Pratt University, in Brooklyn, NY, where he also teaches narrative structure courses in the MFA Digital Arts Program. He works as a freelance editor for various literary publications and as a script consultant for various film and television companies, largely in New York. His fiction and essays have been widely published and anthologized, both stateside and abroad (in England, France, and Germany), most notably in The New York Times, Ploughshares, OUT Magazine, The International Review, The Berkeley Fiction Review, The Frankfurter Allgemeine, Nouvelles Frontières, and in the National Bestseller State by State–a Panoramic Portrait of America.

His film credits include feature rewrites for independent producers and consulting work for major film companies, such as Paramount Pictures, Tristar, and Fox Searchlight. His primary focus, however, remains on narrative prose, be it fiction or creative nonfiction. He is the recipient of a PEN Center West Rosenthal Emerging Voices Fellowship and an IBWA Prize for short fiction. He has taught classes and lead workshops with broad range of writers, from beginners to graduate students and previously published authors, in a list of cities that includes Los Angeles, New York, Paris, and Berlin. He’s currently working on his first novel.

Eloise Klein Healy (Poetry - 2011)

Eloise Klein Healy, Founding Chair of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Antioch University Los Angeles and Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing Emerita, is the author of six books of poetry and two CDs.

Her most recent collection, The Islands Project: Poems For Sappho, was published by Red Hen Press. Her collection Passing was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and the Publishing Triangle’s Audre Lorde Lesbian Poetry Prize.

Ms. Healy’s work has been widely anthologized in collections such as The Geography Of Home: California’s Poetry of Place; The World In Us: Lesbian and Gay Poetry of the Next Wave; Another City: Writing From Los Angeles; and California Poetry: From The Gold Rush To The Present. She has been awarded artist’s residencies at The MacDowell Colony and Dorland Mountain Colony. Healy is also the recipient of a COLA Fellowship from the Cultural Affairs Department of the City of Los Angeles and a California Arts Council Grant.

Ms. Healy directed the Women’s Studies Program at California State University Northridge and taught in the Feminist Studio Workshop at The Woman’s Building in Los Angeles. She is the co-founder of Eco-Arts, an ecotourism/arts company.

In 2006, Healy was awarded the Horace Mann Award by Antioch University Los Angeles for her contributions to the arts. In the same year, she established ARKTOI BOOKS, an imprint with Red Hen Press that focuses on writing by lesbian authors.


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