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Writer’s Retreat

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. The Retreat is an unparalleled opportunity to develop one’s craft and find community.

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. In 2022, the Writer’s Retreat expanded to include instruction in screenwriting and speculative fiction, and in 2023, the community is growing even more with an all new completely virtual multi-genre cohort.


Fiction with Jeanne Thornton

Nonfiction with Meredith Talusan

Poetry with Phillip B. Williams

Playwriting with Victor I. Cazares

Screenwriting with Ashton Pina

Speculative Fiction with K-Ming Chang

Young Adult Fiction with Candice Iloh

Virtual Multi-Genre with Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

Location: Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Online

Dates: July 30-August 5, 2023

Tuition: $1,875. Full and partial scholarships are available.

Application Dates: Applications for the Writers Retreat closed on January 31, 2023. Decisions will go out in April.

Accessibility Strategy for In-Person Retreat:

Accessibility at Chestnut Hill: It is a very small campus, find their map here. The workshops, readings, and panels will take place in building 1, Fornier hall, which is the bulk of where fellows will be spending their days. Fellows will be staying overnight in building 4, Fitzsimmons hall, where all dorm rooms are air conditioned. The map doesn’t have distance on it, but Fitzsimmons hall is about .1 mile to Fornier hall.

The school has a variety of physical accessibility supports built in such as elevators in the dorm, ramps and lifts throughout for wheelchair users, and hand railings on all other steps. Outside of the dorms, our meeting rooms are all situated on the first floor, but there is elevator access throughout Fornier hall as well. All of the classrooms, larger meeting spaces, and dining hall are in close proximity inside Fonier hall. Bathrooms in the dorms and Fournier Hall are accessible for those with wheelchairs as well.

The school is about 40 minutes from the Philadelphia airport. The Retreat will be chartering buses on travel days to pick up and drop off at the Philadelphia airport and the train station closest to campus. For those with cars, parking will be available, and there is accessible parking in front of Fonier hall.

The food service at Chestnut Hill will offer a variety of options for those who may have allergies and dietary restrictions, we will be providing food all week for fellows.

In regards to the options for private rooms, we will have a number of single dorms available to fellows based on their individual needs.

The Retreat Team will be gathering information from Fellows on any other accessibility accommodations needed during the time of the Retreat–such as accessibility requirements within workshops, information on dietary restrictions, information on single dorming needs, and any other specific needs of the individuals attending The Retreat.

Please reach out to with any questions or concerns.

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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.



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


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


genres, including poetry, young adult fiction, screenwriting, and playwriting


Anthologies, presenting Retreat Fellows work.

Read Their Work

Check out books written by Lambda Fellows

How To Apply

Applications for the 2023 Writer’s Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices are now closed.

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Elisa A. Bonnin (Young Adult Fiction - 2022)

Elisa A. Bonnin (Twitter: @eabwrites / IG: @elisa.a.bonnin) was born and raised in the Philippines, after which she moved to the United States to study chemistry and later oceanography. After completing her doctorate, she moved to Germany to work as a postdoctoral scientist. A lifelong learner, Elisa is always convinced that she should “maybe take a class in something” and as a result, has amassed an eclectic collection of hobbies. But writing will always be her true love. Publishing a book has been her dream since she was eight years old, and she is thrilled to finally be able to share her stories. She is the author of Dauntless and Stolen City.

Elliot Wren Phillips (Fiction - 2022)

Elliot Wren Phillips is a writer and editor living in Boston, Massachusetts. They have an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Emerson College, and their essay “Filler Text” can be found in DIAGRAM. They have an enduring fascination with psychology and trauma, particularly as those interests intersect within marginalized communities. They have a special fondness for writing complicated trans characters (particularly ones who spend too much time online.) They enjoy organizing and playing tabletop roleplaying games. You can find them at @trannifesto on Twitter.

Ely Kreimendahl (Screenwriting - 2022)

Ely Kreimendahl is a Brooklyn-based queer writer, comedian, creative arts therapist and Mom. She’s been featured in Funny or Die, is a contributor for satire publication Humor Darling, and performs stand up in NYC. Ely was a RADAR Lab fellow for queer emerging writers, and their pilot “Magical Thinking” was a semi-finalist in Screencraft’s Comedy TV Pilot Competition. While extremely and painfully pregnant, Ely was a 2021 resident artist at Ars Nova Theater in NYC, where they spent 6 months developing, writing and performing a solo comedy show called “How Does That Make You Feel,” exploring queer pregnancy and motherhood, and navigating being both an artist and a psychotherapist. Ely regularly posts on twitter and Instagram @elykreimendahl, with content about mental health, parenting, sobriety, queerness and existential angst. Ely’s jokes go viral more often than is good for them, to be honest.

Erin Jin Mei O’Malley (Poetry - 2022)

Erin Jin Mei O’Malley is a queer Asian adoptee writer who is based in New York. They have received nominations for a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and Best New Poets, and their work has appeared or is forthcoming in Muzzle Magazine, The Nashville Review, The Margins, and others. They can be found @ebxydreambxy on Twitter.

Flint (Nonfiction - 2022)

Flint (she/her) is a queer writer with a keen interest in hybridity, generative genre tampering, and upsetting the applecart of heteronormative discourse about sex/uality. She earned an MFA in Writing from the School of Critical Studies at CalArts, and her memoir Blood is forthcoming from Jaded Ibis Press (Winter 2022). Blood was longlisted for the 2020 Dzanc Books Diverse Voices Prize and the 2019 Tarapaulin Sky Book Award, and a finalist for the 2017 University of New Orleans Press LAB Award. Flint’s work has appeared in Arts & Letters (Unclassifiable Contest winner), CutBank, Erotic Review, NAILED Magazine, and Staging Social Justice (Southern Illinois University Press), among other print and online publications and anthologies. Flint is currently traveling North America with her singularly queer cat, Q.

Francesca Aisha d’Ath (Fiction - 2022)

Francesca Aisha d’Ath is an artist, performer, writer, & designer, coming from dance, choreography, a bit of sex work, a queer trans femme immigrant, multiethnic and Muslim-ish, living in Berlin via Australia, Aotearoa, Canada, and South Africa.

She is a practitioner and theorist of physically active ‘bodies’, relating selfhood to and against dominant gendered, racialised cultural defaults. Selfhood (personal, collective, historical), training, discipline, physical labour, endurance, suffering and injury form the background to her work.

She writes fiction and non-fiction, emphasising feminine and trans people’s selfhoods, particularly those with multiethnic, migration and Muslim heritage.

Freda Epum (Nonfiction - 2022)

Freda Epum (FREE-DUH EYY-POOM) is a Nigerian-American writer and artist from Tucson, AZ. She is the author of Entryways into memories that might assemble me (selected for the Iron Horse Literary Review Chapbook Prize by Lacy M. Johnson). Her work has been published in The Rumpus, Electric Literature, Vol 1. Brooklyn, Entropy, Heavy Feather Review, Nat.Brut, Third Coast, Rogue Agent, the 2020 Bending Genres Anthology, and elsewhere. She received her MFA from Miami University in Oxford, OH. A 2018 Voices of Our Nation/VONA fellow, her work has also been supported by the Tin House Writers Workshop, the Ragdale Foundation, the Anderson Center at Tower View residency, and the Jordan Goodman Prize.

Gulet Isse (Screenwriting - 2022)

Gulet Isse (IG: @blvcktor) is a Somali American writer, actor, and curator. Originally from New Orleans, they are now living in South Central LA.

Three years ago, Gulet co-founded the BXD Collective (@bxdcollective), a curated group of multidisciplinary artists from around the world. Every summer, the Collective puts on an exhibition, featuring various mediums, from film and photography to ceramics.

They graduated from USC this past fall with a double major in Acting & Narrative Studies. Since graduating, they’ve acted in various TV series, films, and music videos, all while developing their own screenplays. When they’re not on set, they’re most likely out on a hike or baking up vegan goodies.

Hannah Gregory (Fiction - 2022)

Hannah Gregory is a trans, queer writer. Her writing has appeared in Passages North, The Normal School, Taco Bell Quarterly, HAD, Okay Donkey, and elsewhere. She is an alum of CRIT, and is at work on a novel and a linked story collection about community and isolation. She holds a graduate degree in public policy and works for an environmental nonprofit. At the golden hour, you can find her on the streets with her trusty AE-1. She lives in Western Massachusetts with her wife and their dog, Trixie, a bearded queen. Twitter and Instagram: @hannahgrgr

Honora Ankong (Poetry - 2022)

Honora Ankong is a poet, writer, and educator from Cameroon with an MFA in poetry from Virginia tech. Her debut chapbook of poems chapbook of poems “our gods are hungry for elegies” is out now with Glass Poetry Press. Her other words can be found published at Foglifter, Cream City Review, Poetry Daily, The Maine Review, Lolwe, and elsewhere. They’re a 2022-2023 Fulbright grant recipient to Mauritius & have held fellowships and residencies at Goodyear arts, Hurston/Wright foundation, and Lambda Literary. You can find her @honoora on Twitter & @yungwestafricanpoet on Instagram

Irene Villaseñor (Poetry - 2022)

Irene Villaseñor’s writing appears in Queer Nature: An Ecoqueer Poetry Anthology, My Phone Lies to Me: Fake News Poetry Workshops as Radical Digital Media Literacy, Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color, Nat. Brut, Journal of Latina Critical Feminism, Santa Fe Writers Project’s Quarterly Journal, and Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, and Thought. Irene is also a co-curator for the Bespoke Next Gen series at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division bookstore. She was invited to read her poetry at the 2022 Whitney Biennial: Quiet As It’s Kept, as part of an event honoring A Gathering of the Tribes. IG / Twitter: IreneSenor

J.P. Der Boghossian (Nonfiction - 2022)

J.P. Der Boghossian founded the Queer Armenian Library to address the lack of Armenian visibility in queer literature and the lack of queer visibility in Armenian literature. His current project is a first-of-its-kind essay collection from a Queer Armenian writer. His essays are featured in The Sun Isn’t Out Long Enough (Anamot Press) and Imagining and Seeing: Voices from the Armenian Diaspora (University of Texas Press). He hosts the podcast This Queer Book Saved My Life! interviewing LGBTQ guests about the queer books that saved their lives and discussing the book with the author. He is a founding board member of the International Armenian Literary Alliance. @jpderboghossian @thisqueerbook

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.

Erica Frederick (Fiction - 2021)

Erica Frederick is a queer, Haitian-American writer and an MFA candidate in fiction at Syracuse University. She writes about being brought up by immigrants, brought up in brotherhood, brought up while being big in all the ways there are to be big—in body, in vitriol, in Blackness in Florida suburbia. She was the 2019 VIDA Fellow for the Chautauqua Writers’ Festival and is the 2021 winner of the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation College Fiction Award. She’s a child of the internet and ran a quasi-successful fan blog in her teens. You can find her on Twitter @ericafrederick

Erik J. Brown (Young Adult Fiction - 2021)

Erik J. Brown is a writer of genre-blending books for young adults. His debut novel, ALL THAT’S LEFT IN THE WORLD, will be published by HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray in March 2022. He is a Temple University graduate with a degree in Film and Media Arts with an emphasis in Writing for Media. When not writing, he enjoys traveling (pre-pandemic), collecting disco compilations on vinyl, remodeling his haunted house, and embarking on the relentless quest of appeasing his Shiba Inu. He lives in Philadelphia with his husband. You can find his website at, on Twitter @WriterikJB, and Instagram @ErikJB.

Guthrie Blechman (Young Adult Fiction - 2021)

Guthrie Blechman crosses fiction genres and forms to illuminate the joy and trauma, marginalization, power, and complexity of their trans and queer community. They’ve worked in case management and higher education and provide LGBTQIA+ sensitivity editing services. Degrees include an M.F.A. in creative writing from Columbia College of Chicago and a B.A. in psychology from Arcadia University. They are currently working on a collection of short speculative fiction and a trans-centric YA coming-of-age novel. In their spare time, they review diverse books on their website, They can be found with their partner and three cats in their Chicago apartment and on Twitter @guthrieblechman.

H. Melt (Poetry - 2021)

H. Melt is a poet, artist and educator whose work celebrates trans people, history and culture. They are the author of The Plural, The Blurring and editor of Subject to Change: Trans Poetry & Conversation. H. Melt was an artist in residence at the Newberry Library, researching the Chicago Protest Collection. They’ve attended the Tin House Writer’s Workshop and co-founded Queeriosity at Young Chicago Authors. Lambda Literary awarded them the Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers. Their next book, There Are Trans People Here, is forthcoming from Haymarket Books in the fall of 2021.

Hannah Suchor (Fiction - 2021)

Hannah Suchor is a writer from Wisconsin, where they have recently returned to pursue a slower life after receiving their MFA in fiction at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. They are also an educational consultant in Shanghai. Their writing has appeared in Lunch Ticket, Rabbit Catastrophe Review, Typehouse, and elsewhere, and they are currently hard at work on a novel about living under the psychological burden of environmental disaster and a short story collection looking through the funhouse mirror of queerness. They tweet @hannahsuchor and talk about books on Instagram at @inkoneverypage.

Isaiah Holbrook (Young Adult Fiction - 2021)

Isaiah Holbrook holds a BA in English from Saint Francis University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Oregon State University. He’s been published in The Rumpus, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Harvard Review, CRAFT Literary, Stellium Magazine, and The Voyage Journal, where he received third place in their short story writing contest. He’s a reality TV enthusiast and can be seen buying too many books at his favorite local bookstore.

Jack Kaulfus (Fiction - 2021)

Jack Kaulfus is the author of the short story collection Tomorrow or Forever (Transgress Press, 2018). Their work has been published in A cappella Zoo, Heavy Feather Review, Barrelhouse, and Off the Rocks, among other journals. Their short story “Rockaway” was listed as a top ten finalist in 2021’s American Short(er) Fiction Prize. Jack was born and raised in small-town Seguin, Texas. They earned a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and sold books in Atlanta before returning to Texas in the early 2000s to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing from Texas State University in San Marcos. In addition to teaching high school English in Austin, Texas, Jack is a 2021 Lambda Literary Fellow, Board Secretary at Austin Bat Cave, Fiction Editor at Gertrude Press, and one-fifth of the queer Americana band Brand New Key.

Jaime Estepa (Playwriting - 2021)

Jaime Estepa (@_jaimest) is a queer, Filipino American spoken word artist, playwright, and aspiring TV writer who grew up on unceded Southern Paiute land (Las Vegas, NV). He has performed spoken word in venues across Southern California including the La Jolla Playhouse, and his play, The Mojave, earned a staged reading at The Old Globe’s 2020 Powers New Voices Festival. In collaboration with The Old Globe and Diversionary Theatre, other short plays by Estepa appeared in San Diego’s 2020 Virtual Pride. He is descended from 20th century migrant Filipino/a/x laborers who worked on Alaskan fishing boats and the farms of Hawai’i and Northern California. He swears some must’ve been queer, too.

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.

Faylita Hicks (Nonfiction - 2019)

Faylita Hicks is a writer and mobile photographer living in San Marcos, Texas and writing nonfiction/poetry about social media and social justice for the queer black femme. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Sierra Nevada College in 2018 and is the Managing Editor of Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review. She was a finalist in the 2018 PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship and Palette Poetry’s 2019 Spotlight Award. She is a 2019 Jack Jones Literary Arts “Culture, Too” Gender/Sexuality Fellow and her work has appeared in Slate, HuffPost, POETRY, The Rumpus, The Cincinnati Review, and others. Her debut poetry collection, HoodWitch, is forthcoming Fall 2019 from Acre Books.

Hannah Abigail Clarke (Young Adult Fiction - 2019)

Hannah Abigail Clarke is here and queer, etc. They have been previously published in PRISM international and Portland Review, and his first novel, The Scapegracers, debuts in 2020 via Erewhon Books with two sequels to follow. They’re attending the University of Chicago come fall to pursue a Master’s Degree, specifically studying the interrelatedness of monstrosity and queerness in fiction. They reads tarot for cash in her spare time.

Imani Davis (Poetry - 2019)

Imani Davis is a queer Black miracle from Brooklyn. A Pushcart Prize-nominated poet, they are a recipient of fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Stadler Center for Literary Arts. Their poetry appears with Rookie, PBS News Hour’s Brief But Spectacular Series, The Adroit Journal, Winter Tangerine, and elsewhere. Notably, they have performed at the Teen Vogue Activism Summit, the Apollo Theater, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Nuyorican Poets Café. They currently study at the University of Pennsylvania, where they serve as Outreach Coordinator for the Kelly Writers House.

J K Chukwu (Young Adult Fiction - 2019)

J K Chukwu is a half Nigerian, half Detroitian writer from the Midwest. Her writing is rooted in examining the strangeness, depravity, and trauma that is contained in everyday life. Currently, she is attending Brown University for her MFA in Fiction. Her audio essay “Love Sounds”, published by A Velvet Giant, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has presented her writing and art at University of Wisconsin-Madison, National Louis University, UC Berkeley, and the University of Maryland. Her personal essay is forthcoming in the Black Warrior Review.

Jamiece Adams (Fiction - 2019)

Jamiece Adams is a queer writer and high school teacher based in Chicago. She earned her MFA in fiction at Columbia College Chicago. Recently she worked on a multidisciplinary project, Take Care, which examined the roles of intimacy and correspondence; her poem is featured in the limited-edition artist book. Currently, she’s working on a collection of short stories that examines the nature of childhood, friendship, and family by questioning the ways that “home” constructs who we are and who we aren’t. Some of these stories have been published in Hair Trigger, Rabbit: Nonfiction Poetry Journal, The Lindenwood Review, and forthcoming to Hypertext Magazine.

Jazlyn Patricio-Archer (Young Adult Fiction - 2019)

Jazlyn Patricio-Archer is a queer, mixed Filipina from the Bay Area. Jazlyn writes fiction for young queer romantics of color. She believes deeply in writing stories where we get to be happy and alive, brown and queer, all at once. In addition, she is a femme urban farmer, taiko player, and pop music evangelist. Jazlyn is currently at work building a cookware brand that centers on storytelling and product-making around immigrant and indigenous food traditions launching this August.

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.

Fredric Sinclair (Fiction - 2018)

Fredric Sinclair earned his MFA in Fiction from Boston University, where he was awarded the Saul Bellow Fellowship in fiction and the Leslie Epstein Global Travel Fellowship. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Baltimore Review, Jersey Devil Press, and Chelsea Station, among others. He has taught creative writing at Boston University and Boston Arts Academy and is an alum of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Prior to receiving his MFA, Fredric lived in New York City where he was active in playwriting and play production and worked for humanitarian organizations. Currently, he is at work on a novel concerning the lasting trauma of a political sex scandal on those involved and a book of short stories.

Hank Henderson (Poetry - 2018)

Hank Henderson is a poet and storyteller. His monologues and one man show have been featured at Highways’ BEHOLD! Queer Performance Festival, INSTALL: WeHo, APT 3F, and the West Hollywood One City One Pride Arts Festival. Most recently, written work has been published in RFD Magazine and online at Entropy Magazine and HIV Here & Now. Hank has also curated the LGBTQ reading series homo-centric since 2010. He lives in Los Angeles with three cats and a man named Joe.

Hiram Perez (Nonfiction - 2018)

Hiram Perez teaches at Vassar College. His first book, A Taste for Brown Bodies: Gay Modernity and Cosmopolitan Desire (NYU Press), won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Book in LGBT Studies in 2016. He has published essays in Social Text, Camera Obscura, The Scholar & Feminist Online, The Journal of Homosexuality, The Margins, and Transformations. His work has also appeared in the edited collections Reading Brokeback Mountain, East Main Street: Asian American Popular Culture, and Asian American Studies Now. He is currently at work on a memoir, Mongrel Love, where he explores the relationship between racial embodiment and shame.

j. sebastián alberdi (Playwriting - 2018)

j. sebastián alberdi writes plays & poems about being queer, being mexican, and being brought up in his mother’s catholicism. he runs (, an erasure e-zine, and his first book of erasures Y ES is available from ghost city press.

Jackie Hedeman (Nonfiction - 2018)

Jackie Hedeman is a Midwesterner and a chocolate chip cookie connoisseur. She received her MFA from The Ohio State University, where she served as Reviews & Interviews Editor of The Journal. Jackie’s nonfiction has appeared in Autostraddle, The Best American Travel Writing 2017, Entropy, The Offing, and elsewhere. When she isn’t writing grants for a Kansas arts nonprofit, Jackie is working on a collection of essays about pop culture, secrecy and subtext, and identity.

Jasmyne Hammonds (Young Adult Fiction - 2018)

Jasmyne Hammonds grew up as a military brat and went to college in Virginia where she studied Creative Writing. She lives in Portland, Oregon and works as a full-time flight attendant. When she’s not daydreaming at 30,000 feet, she enjoys reading and writing fiction about characters from diverse backgrounds. She has contributed to The Flight Attendant Life blog and is currently working on a young adult murder mystery set in the Deep South.

Javier Fuentes (Fiction - 2018)

Javier Fuentes is a Spanish-American writer and educator. He holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia University where he was awarded a Teaching Fellowship. Javier has also taught at The School of Visual Arts. His writing has appeared in the Columbia Journal. He’s currently working on a novel about forced migration.

Jaz Papadopoulos (Poetry - 2018)

Jaz Papadopoulos is an interdisciplinary artist who works in experimental poetry, installation, video and performance. They explore the in-between – that which is overlooked by language and other social and cultural powers – and are interested in diaspora, gender, bodies, place, memory, grief and ritual. Recently, Jaz completed a residency at the Cartae Open School in Winnipeg, Canada, and performed at Documenta 14 in Athens, Greece alongside Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens. They are a current recipient of the New Artist in Media Art Production Fund at Video Pool. Jaz lives in Treaty 1 territory, “Canada.”

JD Scott (Young Adult Fiction - 2018)

JD Scott is a writer, editor, amateur perfumer, and the author of two chapbooks. Recent and forthcoming publications include Best American Experimental Writing, Best New Poets, Denver Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, Salt Hill, Sonora Review, Ninth Letter, Apogee, and elsewhere. Recent accolades include being awarded residencies at the Millay Colony, the Edward F. Albee Foundation, and Writers at the Eyrie, in Brooklyn, NY.

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.

Evan James (Nonfiction - 2017)

Evan James has written for Oxford American, Travel + Leisure, Catapult, The New York Times, The New York Observer, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. His essay “Lovers’ Theme” was selected by Eula Biss as the winner of the 2016 Iowa Review Award in Nonfiction. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and has received fellowships from Yaddo, the Carson McCullers Center, and the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation. He lives in New York.

Frederick McKindra (2017)

Writer-in-Residence Frederick McKindra is a writer based in Brooklyn, NY. His work does to race, sexuality, gender, and socio-economics what Tiger Woods did to ethnic identities by calling himself “Cablinasian” back in ’97. Frederick is himself a black man however, as well as a 2016 Lambda Literary Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices Fiction Fellow, an aspiring novelist, and hopelessly Southern.

Garth Greenwell (Fiction - 2017)

Garth Greenwell (FICTION) is the author of What Belongs to You, which was longlisted for the National Book Award and shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. A NYT Book Review Editors’ Choice, it is being translated into ten languages, and has been named one of the best books of 2016 by Publishers Weekly, Esquire, Slate, Vulture, and the New Republic, among others. His short fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, A Public Space, and VICE, and he has written criticism for The London Review of Books, the New York Times Book Review, and for the New Yorker and the Atlantic online. A native of Louisville, KY, he holds graduate degrees from Harvard University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He lives in Iowa City.

Hannah Rubin (Poetry - 2017)

Hannah Rubin is an Oakland-based theorist, artist and community organizer. They frequently perform their work in bookstores, cafes, and basements around the Bay Area and have published in an array of literary magazines, punk journals, and copy-shop zines (such as Entropy, Be About It, Dryland, HOLD: A Journal, and many others). They run Poetry in the Dark, an experimental poetry reading series at Less Space Gallery, and Queer Living Room, a low-key writing group for queer writers caught between genres. Currently, they are at work on a book of lyrical poems and photographs that investigate the structural relationships between queerness, water, and abuse.

Ilana Masad (Fiction - 2017)

Ilana Masad is an Israeli-American writer. Her fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Printer’s Row, Joyland, and more, while her nonfiction and book criticism have appeared in the Guardian, the Washington Post, the LA Times, Vice, and more. She is the founder and host of The Other Stories, a podcast featuring fiction writers both seasoned and new. She enjoys social media too much for her own liking.

Jane Starr (Poetry - 2017)

When Jane isnt writing the coolest stories you’ll ever read in your entire life, She spends far too much of her time in her apartment piecing together a “career” as a dominatrix/pornographer/sex worker/masseuse. She loves skateboarding and is always covered in bruises. Jane has played bass since she was thirteen in various go nowhere punk bands and is grateful to be alive. She currently resides in Silverlake, Los Angeles.

jayy dodd (Poetry - 2017)

jayy dodd is a blxk question mark from los angeles, california– now based on the internet. they are a professional writer & literary editor. their work has appeared / will appear in Lambda Literary, The Establishment, Assaracus, Winter Tangerine, Guernica, & Yes,Poetry among others. they’re the author of [sugar in the tank] (Pizza Pi Press 2016) & Mannish Tongues (Platypus Press 2017). they are a Pushcart Prize & Bettering American Poetry nominee; their work has been featured in Teen Vogue & Entropy.

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.

Frederick McKindra (Fiction - 2016)

Frederick McKindra, a fiction writer living in Brooklyn, NY, is working to complete his first novel on the lotto, ill-fated love, and the Great Recession in NYC. He intends this project to serve as the definitive survival guide for black Snow Qweens who look for advice on love in the works of Baldwin, the gospel powerhouses known as the Clark Sisters, and 90s RnB trio SWV. He attended Howard University in DC, received an MFA in Fiction from the New School, and regularly contributes to the Lambda Literary blog.

James Chaarani (Fiction - 2016)

James Chaarani is a writer and journalist based in Toronto, Canada. He’s written for Slate, The Gay and Lesbian Review, Lambda Literary, The Quietus and Daily Xtra. His first novel, “Paris Demands,” was released last year. He’s working on his second novel based on his column, “Hole and Corner,” for Daily Xtra.

Janelle Fine (Poetry - 2016)

Janelle Fine is a queer poet, artist, and performance artist living in Boulder, Colorado with their leopard gecko named Max. They graduated with their MFA from Naropa University and currently work as a book designer. Their poetry and visual art can be found in various online and in print journals. They are the founder and editor of Le Petit Press and are always turning fellow poets’ and writers’ work into small books and art objects. They have an obsession with matchboxes and miniatures and want to spend the rest of their life handcrafting beautiful things.

Javier Hurtado (Playwriting - 2016)

Javier is a playwright, drag performer and producer. Javier’s performance work has been presented at colleges, clubs, theaters, and on city streets across the Southwest, on the East coast and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. His plays has been developed and presented at El Teatro Campesino in San Juan Bautista, Brava Theater Center in San Francisco and at AS220 in Providence, RI. His most recent works El Niño and Housewarming had concert readings at The Culver Center for the Arts as part of the Latina/o Play Project in Riverside earlier this year.

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.

Erica Cardwell (Nonfiction - 2015)

Erica Cardwell is a black queer essayist, educator, and cultural critic. Her work is centered on deconstructing the imagery and social perspectives of women and queer people. She writes about art, identity, language, and race. Her essays and reviews have been featured in The Feminist Wire, Ikons Magazine, In the Flesh Magazine, Bitch, and forthcoming for Hyperallergic. Throughout New York City, she has shared her work at La Galleria, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, The Brecht Forum, Heels on Wheels OpenToe Peepshow, Raw Fiction, and Queer Memoir. Currently, she is pursuing an MFA in Writing at Sarah Lawrence College while overseeing the arts, culture, and women’s programming for LGBTQ youth at The Hetrick-Martin Institute. Erica lives in Astoria, Queens. She tweets at @EricaCardwell

Gibrán Güido (2015)

Writer-in-Residence Gibrán Güido was born in San Diego and raised in San Ysidro, California. He is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Literature at the University of California, San Diego. As a doctoral student, his thesis and dissertation reflects a vein of an emerging area of scholarship, known as Jotería Studies, focusing particular attention to the ways pain and trauma has come to impact the lives of young gay men of color and formulate a sensibility of consciousness-raising. Currently, Gibrán is co-editing with Adelaida R. Del Castillo the forthcoming anthology titled, Fathers, Fathering and Fatherhood: Queer Chicano Desire and Belonging. He is also the co-editor of the anthology titled: Queer in Aztlán: Chicano Male Recollections of Consciousness and Coming Out which was a Lammy Finalist for LGBT Anthology of the year.

Heather María Ács (Playwriting - 2015)

Heather María Ács is a West Virginia raised, Brooklyn-based, mixed race Anglo-Chicana theatre artist, independent film actor, and high femme drag performer. Her work has been featured in festivals, theatres, galleries, conferences, and universities internationally. She is the Co-Director of Heels on Wheels, a queer femme-inine spectrum, all genders performance group, that tours annually and hosts a monthly artists’ salon in Brooklyn. Heather has worked with Mx. Justin Vivian Bond, Nao Bustamante, Lois Weaver, J. Ed Araiza (SITI Company), Steven Soderbergh, and Paula Pell (SNL). Heather has worked as a teaching artist in NYC public schools for over a decade.

Herukhuti (Playwriting - 2015)

Herukhuti. Writer, performance artist, cultural studies scholar and activist. Author of Conjuring Black Funk: Notes on Culture, Sexuality and Spirituality, Volume 1. Co-editor Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men, a Lammy finalist. Goddard College professor of interdisciplinary studies. Theatre of the Oppressed practitioner. National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellow. Neo-traditional African priest and Bodeme. PhD human and organizational systems. MEd curriculum and instruction. BA psychology and political science. Playwright and director in the 1st New York International Fringe Theatre Festival. Founder and Chief Erotics Officer, Center for Culture, Sexuality and Spirituality. Editor-in-Chief Sacred Sexualities. Experiments with forms, structures and energies.

Ife-Chudeni A. Oputa (Poetry - 2015)

Ife-Chudeni A. Oputa is currently completing an MFA in Poetry and an MA in African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. She is a Cave Canem and Callaloo fellow. Her poetry and prose has appeared or is forthcoming in Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, Gabby, Some Call it Ballin’ and elsewhere. She is a native of Fresno, CA.

Imani Sims (Poetry - 2015)

Imani Sims, M.A. is a stiletto loving Seattle native who spun her first performance poem at the age of fourteen. Since then, she has developed an infinitely rippling love for poetry in all of its forms. She believes in the healing power of words and the transformational nuance of the human story. Imani is the founder of Split Six Productions, an interdisciplinary art production company that works towards connecting artists and collecting POC stories for production on stage. Her book Twisted Oak is available on Requiem Press and her second collection Beloved:Collision is available via Amazon.

Isabel Galupo (Genre Fiction - 2015)

Isabel Galupo is a second-generation queer writer living in Brooklyn, NY. She works as an Executive Assistant for the Nick Jr. show Dora and Friends: Into the City and is studying to get her MFA in Writing for Children at The New School. When she’s not writing, you can find Isabel missing her stop on the train because she’s too engrossed in a novel, Facetiming with her four younger sisters, and eating her way through Manhattan with her two lovely roommates.

Jasmine Molina (Genre Fiction - 2015)

Jasmine Molina Reading or writing biographies are dreadful, so please hold on. My life is simple like any other college student’s life I go to school, work, and study. I am majoring in biology to be a soon wildlife veterinarian. My family is the most important part of my life. Writing has recently become part of my daily life even when I am not writing. Life has been challenging now since all I can ever think about is continuing a story or creating new ones while trying to study for another future.

Javier Hurtado (Playwriting - 2015)

Javier is a playwright, drag performer and producer. Javier’s performance work has been presented at colleges, clubs, theaters, and on city streets across the Southwest, on the East coast and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. His plays has been developed and presented at El Teatro Campesino in San Juan Bautista, Brava Theater Center in San Francisco and at AS220 in Providence, RI. His most recent show, LAST CALL was developed as part of the Teatro Lab residency in 2012. His lives with a spoiled chihuahua that keeps him company while he pursues an MFA in Playwriting at UC Riverside.

Jeanne Thornton (Fiction - 2015)

Jeanne Thornton is the copublisher of Instar Books and Rocksalt Magazine, as well as the author of The Dream of Doctor Bantam (Lambda Literary Award finalist for 2012) and The Black Emerald. She draws the comics Bad Mother and The Man Who Hates Fun, is working on an LA novel about the Beach Boys or reasonable facsimiles thereof, and she lives in New Orleans.

Jeffrey Wolf (Nonfiction - 2015)

Jeffrey Wolf grew up in Boston and attended GWU. He moved to NYC to get his MA in Psychology from The New School just five years after Stonewall, and less than a decade before ‘gay cancer’ began to devastate our community. After a career on Madison Avenue (not as a writer!) Jeffrey relocated to sunny SoCal, where he is now a self-proclaimed Reformed Mad Man. He has published several short stories and was a semi-finalist for The James Kirkwood Award for fiction at UCLA in 2014. Jeffrey is currently working on a memoir, A Very Bad Boy- The Story Of A Gay Baby Boomer Who Lived To Tell His Story.

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.

Garrett Foster (Genre Fiction - 2014)

Garrett Foster is an Emmy Award-winning writer for his work on the CBS daytime drama Guiding Light. A graduate of Vassar College with a B.A. in English, Garrett has also worked as an editor/writer at The Palm Beach Post and Sun Sentinel and served as editor-in-chief of Soap Opera Magazine. A Connecticut native, Garrett traded in his snow shoes for flip flops, moved to South Florida in 1991 and hasn’t looked back since. He is currently working on his fifth novel and finally working up the nerve to actually start sending them out! When he isn’t writing, he can be found doing a mean Warrior pose, trying to perfect the ultimate smoothie, and spending time with the sweetest rescue cat in the world, Katie.

Hope Thompson (Genre Fiction - 2014)

Hope Thompson is a Toronto-based playwright, filmmaker and writer and is a graduate of Norman Jewison’s CanadianFilm Centre. Hope is interested in mystery, film noir and camp and has written and directed several award-winning short films and many one-act plays in these genres.Hope’s monologue, Cardigan Confidential was published in the collection, City Voices: A Book of Monologues by Toronto Artists and she will be performing it at World Pride in Toronto this June. Hope is currently working on her first mystery novel.

Ian Spencer Bell (Poetry - 2014)

Ian Spencer Bell is a dancer and poet combining the two in performance. He was awarded a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts and fellowships from Summer Stages Dance and Jacob’s Pillow, where he danced with his group on the Inside/Out Stage. Bell often performs in gallery spaces and, in New York City, has danced at National Arts Club, Queens Museum, and Tibor de Nagy Gallery. He is artist in residence at the Nightingale-Bamford School and writes essays for Ballet Review.

Jaime Shearn Coan (Writers in Residence - 2014)

Jaime Shearn Coan is a PhD student in English at The Graduate Center, CUNY and a poet whose work has appeared in publications includingThe Brooklyn Rail, Drunken Boat, The Portland Review, and Troubling the Line: An Anthology of Trans and Genderqueer Poetry. Jaime has received fellowships from Poets House, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Tin House Writers Workshop, and the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts. He was awarded a 2014 Jerome Travel & Study Grant and has a chapbook forthcoming from Argos Books in Spring 2015. (Photo credit: Arnold Adler Photography)

Jan Zivic (Genre Fiction - 2014)

Jan Zivic, a Lambda Literary Fellow, received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of San Francisco in 2012. In 2011 she published a memoir piece in the Porter Gulch Review, and more recently, a short story in Temporary Shelter, Eleven Stories, edited by Karl Soehnlein. In 2007, Jan co-founded vibrantBrains, a cognitive gym and start-up listed in Entrepreneur Magazine’s “100 Brilliant Companies.” She has received the Cable Car Woman of the Year Award, the Maya Angelou Award for Community Leadership from the Center for Excellence at the University of California Medical School, and a Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of California, PA, all for her community philanthropic and volunteer leadership. She currently serves on the Board of Lambda Literary, and is still working on emerging as a published writer…published being the key word here.

Jeffrey Ricker (Fiction - 2014)

Jeffrey Ricker is the author of Detours (2011) and the YA fantasy The Unwanted, both published by Bold Strokes Books. His writing has appeared in the anthologies Foolish Hearts: New Gay Fiction, A Family by Any Other Name, Men of the Mean Streets, and others. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, he holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia and lives in St. Louis with his partner and their contrary dachshund.

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.

Everett Maroon (Fiction - 2013)

Everett Maroon is a humorist, pop culture commentator, and fiction writer originally from New Jersey. He has a B.A. in English from Syracuse University and successfully dropped out of graduate school. A member of the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association, he was a finalist in their 2010 literary contest for memoir. Everett authored Bumbling into Body Hair, published by Booktrope, and a short story, “Cursed,” in The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard, from Topside Press. His YA novel, The Unintentional Time Traveler, is forthcoming. He’s written for Bitch Magazine,, RH RealityCheck, and Remedy Quarterly. His blog is Transplantportation.

Gibrán Güido (Nonfiction - 2013)

Gibrán Güido was born in San Diego and raised in San Ysidro, California. He is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Literature at the University of California, San Diego. He completed his M.A. program in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at San Diego State University. As a doctoral student, his thesis and dissertation reflects a vein of an emerging area of scholarship, known as Jotería Studies, focusing particular attention to the ways pain and trauma has come to impact the lives of young gay men of color and formulate a sensibility of consciousness-raising. By doing so, his contributions will serve as a medium between academia and his community that fosters and nurtures the lives of individuals who seek out a reflection of themselves, providing a platform to enable their own process of claiming voice to specific moments of struggle and transformation.

Gillian Chisom (Young Adult Fiction - 2013)

Gillian Chisom I am currently pursuing a PhD in History at the University of California, Berkeley. Though I write urban fantasy rather than historical fiction, my scholarly and fictional writings both display my passion for women’s voices and stories. A lifelong fantasy reader, during the last few years I have wrestled with the genre’s flaws and possibilities, and have become committed to writing stories with queer teen girls at their centers. When I’m not reading seventeenth-century witch trials or writing about lesbians dealing with supernatural mayhem, I like to watch TV and make my own clothes (sometimes at the same time).

Heather Aimee O’Neill (Poetry - 2013)

Heather Aimee O’Neill is the Assistant Director of the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop, and teaches creative writing at CUNY Hunter College. An excerpt from her novel When The Lights Go On Again was published as a chapbook by Wallflower Press in April 2013. Her poetry chapbook, Memory Future, won the University of Southern California’s 2011 Gold Line Press Award, chosen by judge Carol Muske-Dukes. Her work was shortlisted for the 2011 Pirate’s Alley Faulkner-Wisdom Writing Award and has appeared in numerous literary journals. She is a freelance writer for publications such as Time Out New York, Parents Magazine and, and is a regular book columnist at MTV’s

Heather Askeland (Poetry - 2013)

Heather Askeland is a poet, fiddler, and aspiring healer from Minneapolis and Brooklyn, on her way to San Diego via Seattle. She began writing poetry in 2010 at Bent Writing Institute and is convinced that doing so saved her heart, if not her life (though she admits she is prone to hyperbole). Since then her work has appeared in Breadcrumb Scabs, Word Riot, and Boxcar Poetry Review, and in 2012 she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Heather currently resides in Seattle with her two cats, where she’s busy packing her life into boxes, saying goodbye Mt. Rainer, and learning to thrive beyond the confines of chronic illness.

J S Kuiken (Young Adult Fiction - 2013)

J S Kuiken My mother claims gypsies left me, which is as true as any other story which could be told. Some will say I graduated with an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Others remain skeptical such riff-raff would be accepted into the UEA’s distinguished program. Rumor has it that I’ve published in The Copperfield Review and Cactus Heart, was a founding editor for Rearrange, and I am completing a fantasy novel (or two), between teaching English, hiking, and having Jaime Lannister feels. You can find me on Twitter, and you should absolutely believe everything I say there.

Jayme Ringleb (Poetry - 2013)

Jayme Ringleb was raised in upstate South Carolina and Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy. He holds a bachelor’s degree with concentrations in English literature, film studies, and philosophy from the University of South Carolina and an MBA from the University of Iowa. He is the recipient of South Carolina’s Archibald Rutledge Award in Poetry and the Miriam McFall Starlin Poetry Prize. Currently, Jayme lives in Eugene, Oregon, where he is an MFA candidate and graduate teaching fellow at the University of Oregon.

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.

Erika Turner (Nonfiction - 2012)

Erika Turner is an awkwardblackgirl with strong feminist leanings and a love for people of any gender. She was raised in Las Vegas and studies in Massachusetts with the full intention of returning to her birthplace of California. Erika has written columns for QWOC Media Wire and is a 2011 Point Scholar. She is usually a writer of short stories but also enjoys writing essays, memoir pieces, and terrible poetry. Sometimes a femme but always fabulous, Erika spends most of her time wishing she could be a host on HGTV and staring blankly into her refrigerator. She is currently interning as a PR agent.

Indira Allegra (Poetry - 2012)

Indira Allegra is a poet and interdisciplinary artist. Her experimental video poem, Blue Covers, has screened at festivals and events both nationally and internationally. Indira has contributed work to Cherokee Writers From the Flint Hills of Oklahoma: An Anthology and Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature, a winner of the Silver Medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards and a finalist in 2012 for both the Lambda Literary Award and ForeWord Book of the Year Award. Indira has also contributed to Chicken Skin and Impossible Trees, Rivets Literary Magazine, Wordgathering Journal of Disability Poetry, Make/Shift Magazine and the 2008 Artists Against Rape Chapbook. She has forthcoming work in Konch Magazine. Indira is a 2007 Voices of Our Nation’s Arts alum and 2011 writer for the Intersection of the Arts, Interdisciplinary Writer’s Lab. She is currently working on her first collection of poems entitled Indigo Season.

Jacks McNamara (Nonfiction - 2012)

Jacks McNamara is a genderqueer writer, artist, activist, and healer based in Oakland, California. Co-founder of The Icarus Project, an adventure in mutual aid & radical mental health support, and co-author of Navigating the Space Between Brilliance and Madness, Jacks has facilitated workshops and performed poetry across North America and Europe. Jacks is currently building a somatics practice, making everyone pancakes, and working on finishing their first book. Lung Seed, a collection of poetry, prose, & hybrid experiments inbetween, is due out from Deviant Type Press later this year. Jacks’ life and work are the subject of the documentary film Crooked Beauty.

Jade Brooks (Fiction - 2012)

Jade Brooks is a writer, editor, and activist who lives in Durham, NC. She does work for make/shift magazine, Duke University Press, Southerners on New Ground, and other brave folk here in the South. She comes from the blackberry wilds of Oregon.

Jan Zivic (Fiction - 2012)

Jan Zivic will graduate in the MFA in Writing program at USF in San Francisco this year. A Lambda Literary Fellow in 2011, Jan joined the Board of Trustees of Lambda in 2012. In previous careers Jan taught film and English, sponsored the literary magazine, and directed the musicals at a high school in Pittsburgh, where she is from. She then moved to San Francisco and developed new interests in business and film production. Always a highly active community volunteer, Jan is now focused on her writing and volunteering in the literary community where she hopes to someday actually be a published writer. The two most important women in her life are Lisa Schoonerman, her wife, and her daughter, Jessie.

Jef Blocker (Young Adult Fiction - 2012)

Jef Blocker works as a recruiter for a non-profit and as Store Manager at Bound To Be Read Books in East Atlanta Village. His short fiction, essays, and poetry have won several writing contests. Jef participated in the Perfect Pitch at the 2004 and 2006 Atlanta Film Festivals. He’s a graduate of Orson Scott Card’s 2011 Literary Boot Camp, and was a finalist in the 2012 Erma Bombeck Writing Competition. Jef writes a humor blog at He’s the 17th biggest Bananarama fan in the world and frequently does his cat’s evil bidding.

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.

Frank Adams (Poetry - 2011)

Frank Adams writes poetry. Wild Ocean Press published his books, Mother Speaks Her Name in 2010, and Love Remembered is due out in 2011. He previously published Crazy Times. His poems have appeared in Q Review and downgo sun, as well as in several anthologies. Long ago he lived in NYC and studied under the direction of Lee Strasberg.

Gale E. Hemmann (Poetry - 2011)

Gale E. Hemmann is a poet and freelance journalist based in Olympia, Washington. She recently completed her M.F.A. in Writing in Poetry at Pacific University. She spends her time sending out writing, rescuing cats, and dancing around the house. She completed her B.A. in Women’s Studies at Smith College in 2003. Her poetry is forthcoming in Cloudbank and Apercus Quarterly, and she is a regular contributor to Olympia Power & Light newspaper. Gale is currently designing a community writing course that combines creative writing and holistic healing.

Graeme Stone (Genre Fiction - 2011)

Graeme Stone is a success-adjacent writer, playwright, and actor. A member of the uber-fabulous SCBWI, he won awards in 2010 and 2011 with the YA novel The French Class Confessional of the Mysterious Mr. Bridge, and the nonfiction MG disaster book Kiss Your Butt Goodbye. Current project: The Devil’s Claw, a thriller.

Ifalade Ta’Shia Asanti (Genre Fiction - 2011)

Ifalade Ta’Shia Asanti is the author of three books and a lover of all things poetry and fiction. A former columnist for the Lesbian News, Ta’Shia’s poetry and fiction have been published in bestselling anthologies including, Chicken Soup for the African American Soul (Tyndale), Best Black Women’s Erotica 2 (Cleis) and From Where We Sit: Black Writers Write Black Youth (Tiny Satchel Press). Ta’Shia is the recipient of the Audre Lorde Black Quill Award for creating positive images of Black lesbians in the media and the award for Best Contemporary Fiction by a Woman of Color.

Jan Zivic (Fiction - 2011)

Jan Zivic recently published in the Porter Gulch Review and is enrolled in the MFA in Writing program at USF in San Francisco. Involved in independent film production and business, Jan founded vibrantBrains, a start-up recently listed on Entrepreneur Magazine’s “100 Brilliant Companies.” In a previous career Jan taught English and sponsored the literary magazine at a high school in Pittsburgh, where she is from. She has received the Cable Car Woman of the Year Award, the Maya Angelou Award for Community Leadership and a Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of California, PA.

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