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Applications for the 2022 Writer’s Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices Are Open!

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 will expand to include instruction in screenwriting and speculative fiction.

Faculty: The 2022 Writer’s Retreat will be held online, in virtual space. Faculty include Jewelle Gomez (playwriting), torrin a. greathouse (poetry), Zeyn Joukhadar (fiction), Larissa Lai (speculative fiction), Alex Marzano-Lesnevich (nonfiction), Amos Mac (screenwriting), and Mark Oshiro (young adult fiction).

Location: Virtual

Tuition: The cost to attend the Writer’s Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices is $950.00. Full and partial scholarships are available.

Application Dates: Applications open on Monday, November 29th, 2021 and close on Tuesday, January 18th, 2022, 5pm ET.

2022 Writer’s Retreat Accessibility Strategy: Throughout the virtual retreat, Fellows will have multiple breaks each day, at least two breaks during each workshop session, the option to turn their cameras on or off during workshops and events, the option to watch craft talk and panel discussion recordings at a later time, ASL interpretation and human captioning at nightly readings, as well as real-time AI captioning during all workshops and events.

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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, and playwriting


Anthologies, presenting Retreat Fellows work.

Read Their Work

Check out books written by Lambda Fellows

How To Apply

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Rukmini Girish (Playwriting - 2021)

Rukmini Girish grew up in Chennai, India, and lives in Chicago, Illinois. After studying sociology and creative writing (Augustana College, Columbia College Chicago), while working on as much theatre as she could, she still hasn’t shaken a fascination with how we perform our various identities. She’s published nonfiction in Essay Daily and Litro Magazine, and performed solo work at the Chicago Theatre Marathon. Her solo piece ABCD was developed through Piven Theatre’s Lab Series. Find her sitting by the lake after a long bike ride on a perfect summer’s day. @rukmini_girish

Saeed Jones (Nonfiction - 2021)

Saeed Jones is the author of the memoir How We Fight for Our Lives, winner of the 2019 Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction, the 2020 Stonewall Book Award/Israel Fishman Non-fiction Award, a 2020 Publishing Triangle Award, and a 2020 Lambda Literary Award. He is also the author of the poetry collection Prelude to Bruise, winner of the 2015 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry and the 2015 Stonewall Book Award/Barbara Gittings Literature Award. The poetry collection was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award. He lives in Columbus, Ohio with his dog Caesar.

Samuel Ace (Poetry - 2021)

Samuel Ace is a trans and genderqueer poet and sound artist. He’s the author of several books, including Our Weather O­ur Sea (Black Radish Books, 2019) and Meet Me There: Normal Sex & Home in three days. Don’t wash. (Belladonna* Germinal Texts, 2019). A Lambda Literary Award finalist, he’s the recipient of the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund Award in Poetry and the Firecracker Alternative Book Award. His work has been widely anthologized and appears in Poetry, Aufgabe, Fence, and many other publications. He teaches poetry and creative writing at Mount Holyoke College.

Stephan Nance (Young Adult Fiction - 2021)

Stephan Nance, also known as Sparkbird, is a singer-songwriter and writer whose performing credits include multiple tours in Japan and Europe. Their album Look at the Harlequins! attracted the attention of Birding Magazine and the National Audubon Society with its references to 21 species of birds. Their writing has been published in The Gay & Lesbian Review. Stephan lives in Portland with their partner Adam, along with a 13-year-old Senegal parrot named Georgie, and a 42-year-old Yellow-naped parrot named Fred. Stephan is currently working on their next album and a very birdy young adult novel set in Eastern Oregon. Twitter: @HelloStephan, IG: @sparkbirdmusic

storäe michele (Playwriting - 2021)

storäe michele is a black queer, shape-shifting, non-binary femme, afro-futurist performer + storäe-teller. their creative practice builds a present + embodied archive of black femme futures + aliveness. their first film, [the listening heart], was officially selected for film festivals internationally + domestically. her upcoming piece, [claustrophobia], is supported by Columbia University’s Center on African American Religion, Sexual Politics & Social Justice. storäe, a Pratt Institute alum (MPS, ‘08; MFA, ‘21), is heavily inspired by badass femmes of the funk era + can be spotted in big hair, leopard print + bright, kaleidoscopic, fuzzy garments. follow on IG: @storae.michele

Trevor Ketner (Poetry - 2021)

Trevor Ketner is the author of 2020 National Poetry Series winner [WHITE] (University of Georgia Press, 2021). They have been published in The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, New England Review, Ninth Letter, Brooklyn Rail, West Branch, Pleiades, Diagram, Foglifter, and elsewhere. Their essays and reviews can be found in The Kenyon Review, Boston Review, and Lambda Literary. They have been awarded fellowships from Poets House, Lambda Literary, The Poetry Project, and Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts. They hold an MFA from the University of Minnesota and live in Manhattan with their husband.

Trystan Reese (Nonfiction - 2021)

Trystan Reese is an established thought leader, educator, and speaker, focusing on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. He is a professionally trained anti-racism facilitator and curriculum designer, studying under Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington at the Social Justice Training Institute. Trystan has also been organizing with the trans community for nearly two decades and has been on the frontlines of this generation’s biggest fights for LGBTQ justice. Trystan launched onto the global stage as “the pregnant man” in 2017 when his family’s unique journey gained international media attention. He was invited to give closing performances for The Moth Mainstage in Portland, Albuquerque, and Brooklyn

Sabrina Sarro (Nonfiction - 2019)

Sabrina Sarro Quick-witted and emotionally investigative, Sabrina can often be found rocking their poly-chromatic flower clogs and utilizing their sharp teeth. They are a fierce person of color who brings an unmatched sense of charisma and curiosity to all situations. They currently live in NYC and work as a program coordinator and psychotherapist. They have been a participant of the Santa Barbara’s Writers’ Conference, the Yale Writer’s Conference, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. They have received scholarships/fellowships from The Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing and the Squaw Valley Writers’ Conference.

Scott Broker (Fiction - 2019)

Scott Broker is a queer writer currently based in Columbus, Ohio. His work has been a finalist for the Iowa Review Fiction Prize, an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s “Fiction Open” Contest, and a nominee for two Pushcart Prizes. His stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Catapult, Hobart, Passages North, The Rumpus, and DIAGRAM, among others. Currently, he is an MFA candidate in fiction at Ohio State University.

Shannon TL Kearns (Playwriting - 2019)

Shannon TL Kearns is a transgender man who’s playwriting is obsessed with big questions told through small stories. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Uprising Theatre Company in Minneapolis, MN. He was awarded a spot in the HBMG Foundations’ Winter Playwright Retreat in 2018 and 2019. He was a finalist for the Equity Library Theatre of Chicago’s Reading Series, the 2019 TransLab, and the American Stages 2019 New Play Festival. Shannon’s plays include Line of Sight, Twisted Deaths, The Resistance of My Skin, and Who Has Eyes To See.

Sophie Kim (Playwriting - 2019)

Sophie Kim (she/her) is an activist, poet, playwright, and filmmaker from Los Angeles. She will attend Harvard University in fall 2020. Kim is the 2018-2019 Los Angeles County Youth Poet Laureate, and her debut poetry book, Sing the Birds Home, comes out June 29, 2019. She recently performed for an audience of over 900 at the 2019 Equity Summit, presented by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations. She has also performed in support of the California Association of Human Relations Organizations (CAHRO), the LA LGBT Center, and the Los Angeles Public Library. Kim has also had three original 1-act plays produced at the Harvard-Westlake Playwrights Festival, one of which was named a Finalist in the 33rd Annual California Young Playwrights Contest, an award given to 10 out of 432 submissions. She has participated in the Iowa Young Writers Studio and the Winter Tangerine Online Summer Workshop, and competed in the 2018 Get Lit Classic Slam at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. Kim has also received multiple awards for her short documentary and experimental films (one of which incorporated original slam poetry).

Syd Westley (Poetry - 2019)

Syd Westley (they/them) is a queer, mixed-race, non-binary poet currently pursuing their BA from Stanford. They are from the Bay Area, have lived on stolen Ohlone land all their life, and are very interested in the trans-generational effects caused and sustained by Japanese American internment. They love lavender and sleep and are (and always will be) mourning the loss of their recently passed grandmother, Edna Mashihara.

Tahirah Alexander Green (Nonfiction - 2019)

Tahirah Alexander Green Living in their hometown of Washington, DC, Tahirah is a literary artist and cultural organizer. As a writer, they’re passionate about celebrating Black queer weirdos in their work. When they’re not creating, Tahirah is binge reading comics and proselytizing about the joys of snuggles.

Thomas Dai (Nonfiction - 2019)

Thomas Dai lives and writes in Providence, Rhode Island, where he is working towards his Ph.D. at Brown. Before moving to the Ocean State, he taught English in China, got his MFA from the University of Arizona, and studied Evolutionary Biology at Harvard. His writing and photography have appeared or are forthcoming in Guernica, The Southern Review, Lithub, The Rumpus, and elsewhere.

Tiff Ferentini (Young Adult Fiction - 2019)

Tiff Ferentini is an Associate Editor at Penguin Random House, Advocacy Chair of Penguin Random House’s LGBTQ Network ERG, Marketing Manager for Monkey Business: New Writing From Japan, and former President of the LGBTQ Writers Caucus of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP). A graduate of Manhattanville College’s MFA Program, their writing has appeared in The Gambler; Off the Rocks: The LGBTQ Anthology of Newtown Writers Press; and Songs of My Selfie: An Anthology of Millennial Writing. They are currently working on their debut novel, the first book in a young adult historical fiction trilogy. They live in New York and on Twitter @Ferenteeny.

Tim Murphy (Fiction - 2019)

Tim Murphy is the author of the novels Getting Off Clean, The Breeders Box, Christodora, and Correspondents. He is also a longtime journalist on HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ issues for places including The New York Times, New York magazine, The Nation, Poz, and the magazines of the ACLU and Lambda Legal. His novel Christodora was longlisted for the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. He has once won and another time been nominated for Best Magazine Article by the GLAAD Media Awards. He has taught journalism at City College in Harlem and both journalism and fiction at Arts and Letters middle school in Brooklyn. He was an early organizer of the activist groups Gays Against Guns and Rise and Resist. He lives in Brooklyn and is at work on a new novel.

Todd Wellman (Young Adult Fiction - 2019)

Todd Wellman received his MA in writing from UW-Milwaukee and served as fiction editor for cream city review. Current manuscripts: a middle-grade fantasy that reveals where flight really comes from; several picture books that celebrate quirks; a young-adult novel that may or may not feature real magic spells; and a horror screenplay buzzing with some nasty toxic masculinity. Writing has appeared in The James Franco Review, Lunch Ticket, Indie Next Lists, The Missouri Review blog, and more. By day, Todd supports a Milwaukee-area nonprofit leadership program; and implores people to shop at independent bookstores. Twitter: @toddwe

Tovah Leibowitz (Nonfiction - 2019)

Tovah Leibowitz is a film and television editor, essayist, and screenwriter based in Brooklyn, NY. He has worked with legendary producers Spike Lee, James Cameron, Amy Schumer and his most recent editorial credits include Comedy Central’s Broad City and tbs’ Search Party. His essays have been featured on Autostraddle, Harlot Magazine, and Fist Zine. Tovah is currently working on a forthcoming memoir on trans-sexuality, pornography and pleasure, and new modes of sexual emancipation that do not demand redemption or redress.

Vero González (Nonfiction - 2019)

Vero González is a queer femme-inist writer and translator from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She has a MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop (Dean’s Graduate Fellow) and a BFA from Pratt Institute (Thesis Prize in Fiction). She has received support from A Room of Her Own Foundation (Touching Lives Fellow, 2015) as well as Hedgebrook and the Rona Jaffe Foundation (Hedgebrook/Rona Jaffe Inaugural Fellow, 2018). Vero is currently a Neighborhood Programs Fellow for GrubStreet. She lives in Boston, where she is working on a hybrid book about intergenerational trauma, colonialism, and healing.

Waverly SM (Young Adult Fiction - 2019)

Waverly SM is a queer, agender, autistic writer living in Oxford, England. They studied English Literature at Cambridge University, where they worked on martyrdom in medieval saints’ lives and on madness in the works of Tennessee Williams. Their work can be found all over the internet, and will appear in Stim: An Autism Anthology in 2020. They’re currently working on a YA novel about queer kids fighting a god at the end of days, in which the real cosmic horror is the ambient trauma of living in the world.

Zach Shultz (Nonfiction - 2019)

Zach Shultz is a higher education administrator in New York City and a freelance writer. His work has appeared in the Rumpus, Brevity, Entropy, Huffington Post, INTO, The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, and more. He received a master’s in Latin American Studies from Tulane University in New Orleans and a bachelor’s in Spanish and Sociology from the University of Kentucky. He’s currently working on a book-length project about AIDS and gentrification in New York City told through the story of one almost famous playwright and historical preservationist who died in the 90s.

Ry Szelong (Playwriting - 2018)

Ry Szelong is a playwright/performer/director+ originally from the Bay Area, CA. He’s a 2018 Fellow with University Settlement’s Performance Project and a SPACE @ Ryder Farm Greenhouse Residency Finalist. His own work has been presented at Nuyoricans Poets Cafe, INTAR’s Steep Salons, Triskelion Arts, Ars Nova ANT Fest, Dixon Place HOT Festival, and on Governor’s Island as a 2017 Public Works Department Resident Artist. BFA from NYU Tisch: Playwrights Horizons Theater School where he is an alumni TA and mentor. Artistic Associate of The Parsnip Ship, which turns plays into live podcast recordings.

Ryka Aoki (Poetry - 2018)

Ryka Aoki is the author of Seasonal Velocities, He Mele a Hilo (A Hilo Song) and Why Dust Shall Never Settle Upon This Soul. Ryka was honored by the California State Senate for “extraordinary commitment to the visibility and well-being of Transgender people.” She worked with the American Association of Hiroshima Nagasaki A-Bomb Survivors, and two of her compositions were adopted as the organization’s official “songs of peace.”

Ryka is a two-time Lambda Award finalist, winner of the Eli Coppola Chapbook Contest and the Corson-Bishop Poetry Prize. She has MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell University, and is the recipient of a University Award from the Academy of American Poets. Ryka is also a former national judo champion, and the founder of the International Transgender Martial Arts Alliance. She is a professor of English at Santa Monica College.

Sacha Mankins (Young Adult Fiction - 2018)

Sacha Mankins is a part-time writer, part-time librarian, and part-time stepparent to a small herd of small goats. As Sacha Lamb, he writes magical, queer Jewish fiction. Sacha’s publishing debut was Avi Cantor has Six Months to Live (Book Smugglers, 2017). Sacha is currently pursuing master’s degrees in History and Library Sciences from Simmons College in Boston while continuing to write fiction and occasionally contributing to the Jewish Book Council’s Prosen People blog. Sacha can be found online @mosslamb on Twitter.

Sanchari Sur (Fiction - 2018)

Sanchari Sur is a feminist/anti-racist/sex-positive/genderqueer Canadian who was born in Calcutta, India. Her work can be found in The Feminist Wire, Matrix, Toronto Lit Up’s The Unpublished City (BookThug, 2017), Arc Poetry Magazine, Humber Literary Review, Prism International, and elsewhere. She is a PhD candidate in English at Wilfrid Laurier University, the curator/host/co-founder of Balderdash Reading Series.

Scott Hunter (Fiction - 2018)

Scott Hunter is the author of 5,000 post cards. His fiction was included in The Writers Studio at 30, released in May 2017, and is forthcoming in the Kyoto Journal. He is working on a collection of stories and a novel. He reads submissions for Epiphany Magazine and Cagibi Lit Online, and is active with Verbal Supply Company, a collective of writers and poets. A graduate of New York University, he studies and teaches at the Writers Studio in New York City.

Serkan Gorkemli (Fiction - 2018)

Serkan Gorkemli is originally from Turkey and has a Ph.D. in English from Purdue University. He is associate professor of English at the University of Connecticut, Stamford. His non-fiction writing about media and Turkish LGBTQ activism has appeared in the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, Enculturation, Reflections, and Computers and Composition Online. Serkan is the author of Grassroots Literacies: Lesbian and Gay Activism and the Internet in Turkey, winner of the 2015 CCCC Lavender Rhetorics Book Award. He is working on a short-story collection that explores the themes of identity, masculinity, and sexuality in various contexts in Turkey.

Tia Clark (Young Adult Fiction - 2018)

Tia Clark’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Kenyon Review, American Short Fiction, The Offing, Day One, Fourteen Hills, and elsewhere. She was a 2015-16 fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and a 2017-18 fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing.

Victoria Newton Ford (Poetry - 2018)

Victoria Newton Ford is a poet and essayist from two Southern cities: Memphis, Tennessee, and Greenville, South Carolina. She earned her B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a recipient of the 2016 Deacon Maccubbin Young Writer Poetry Award from the DC Center for the LGBT Community. Her writing has appeared in Sojourners, Connotations Press: An Online Artifact, Lit Hub, and elsewhere. She is currently working on her first manuscript about black girlhood, mental illness, incarceration, and the South.

Wryly T. McCutchen (Poetry - 2018)

Wryly T. McCutchen is a poet, hybrid writer and community educator teaching, writing, and surviving in the Pacific Northwest. Their poetry and nonfiction has appeared in Foglifter, Lady/Liberty/Lit, Tiferet Journal, Wilde Magazine, Alive With Vigor, and Raven Chronicles. They were awarded an MFA in creative writing with dual concentration in creative nonfiction and poetry from Antioch University. Their first poetry manuscript, My Ugly and Other Love Snarls, is available from University of Hell Press. Their first memoir is in progress.

Yosimar Reyes (Playwriting - 2018)

Yosimar Reyes is a nationally-acclaimed poet, educator, performance artist, and speaker. Born in Guerreo, Mexico, and raised in Eastside San Jose, Reyes explores the themes of migration and sexuality in his work. The Advocate named Reyes one of “13 LGBT Latinos Changing the World” and Remezcla included Reyes on their list of “10 Up And Coming Latinx Poets You Need To Know.” His first collection of poetry, For Colored Boys Who Speak Softly… was self published after a collaboration with the legendary Carlos Santana. His work has also been published in various online journals and books including Mariposas: An Anthology of Queer Modern Latino Poetry (Floricanto Press), Queer in Aztlán: Chicano Male Recollections of Consciousness and Coming Out (Cognella Press), and the forthcoming Joto: An Anthology of Queer Xicano & Chicano Poetry (Kórima Press). Reyes was featured in the documentary 2nd Verse: The Rebirth of Poetry.

s.a.b.u. (Playwriting - 2017)

s.a.b.u. is a genderqueer, mixed race, first generation American playwright, poet, actor, and performance artist. Themes explored have included sex, addiction, race, gender issues, sexual identity, feminism, reproductive rights, ageism, classism, and abuse. When not writing, s.a.b.u. enjoys provocative conversation with family, friends, and strangers. Several of their plays have recently been read and/or produced. They currently split their time between Los Angeles, Maui, and New York City. s.a.b.u. gets into things. (@igetintothings)

Santiago J. Sanchez (Fiction - 2017)

Santiago J. Sanchez is a writer and photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. He studied anthropology and creative writing at Yale University. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Mask Magazine, The Latent Image, Aint-Bad Magazine, and the Mint Museum.

Sarah M. Bess (Poetry - 2017)

Sarah M. Bess is a neuroqueer transsexual witch/poet grown in the ghostswamps of rural southeast Missouri. She was a 2016 Topside Press Trans Women Writers Workshop fellow. Her writing has appeared in Matrix, The Fem, and The Wanderer and is forthcoming in Resilience, an anthology from Wormbook Press.

Sloka Krishnan (Playwriting - 2017)

Sloka Krishnan is a playwright-lyricist and recent Midwestern transplant to the east coast interested in magic; extravagance; ritual; and the disavowal of moral purity and coherent identity. In the DC area, his plays have received readings by the Rainbow Theatre Project and as a part of Forum Theatre (Re)Acts.

Steffan Triplett (Nonfiction - 2017)

Steffan Triplett is a nonfiction writer interested in the essay, poetry, and hybrid writings. He is an MFA candidate and instructor at the University of Pittsburgh and a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis where he was a John B. Ervin scholar. His work has been featured on Essay Daily and appears or is forthcoming in BOAAT, Wildness, The Shade Journal, Foundry, and elsewhere. Steffan is an incoming Callaloo fellow and a VONA alum. He was born and raised in southwest Missouri.

Sun Jones (Young Adult Fiction - 2017)

Sun Jones is a half-Korean, mostly-lesbian writer who grew up out in the country down South, where she spent most of her adolescent years escaping to the woods so she could write in peace. She writes fiction about queer Asians having adventures in space or in faraway magical lands, because that’s what she wanted to read as a child but could never find in her local library. She also writes confessional poetry because therapy is expensive. She was recently published for the first time in Moon City Review, where she also interns as an assistant poetry editor.

Tanea Lunsford Lynx (Fiction - 2017)

Tanea Lunsford Lynx is a third generation born Black San Franciscan on both sides. Tanea completed her undergraduate study at Columbia University and her Master’s thesis work at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is the child of an incarcerated parent. She is an abolitionist. She is a multi-genre writer currently writing a novel entitled Sanctuary City that provides an in-depth look at life as a Black San Franciscan in the current moment of gentrification and police violence. Tanea has more than 10 years of experience as an artist, activist, and educator in San Francisco.

Taylor Edelhart (Playwriting - 2017)

Taylor Edelhart makes new theatre. Their work deals with the sinister, the power of objects, and the intersection between theatre and games. Proud genderqueer person, they/them pronouns. Honored to currently be developing work with Pipeline Theatre Company, Upstream Artists Collective, Undiscovered Countries, and now Lambda Literary! BFA, NYU/Tisch/Playwrights Horizons Theatre School.

TC Tolbert (Poetry - 2017)

TC Tolbert (POETRY) often identifies as a trans and genderqueer feminist, collaborator, dancer, and poet but really s/he’s just a human in love with humans doing human things. The author of Gephyromania (Ahsahta Press 2014), Conditions/Conditioning (a collaborative chapbook with Jen Hofer, New Lights Press 2014) I: Not He: Not I (Pity Milk chapbook 2014), spirare (Belladonna* chaplet 2012), and territories of folding (Kore Press chapbook 2011), TC is also co-editor of Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books 2013), the first anthology of its kind. S/he is Core Faculty in the low residency MFA program at OSU-Cascades and Arts and Culture co-editor for The Feminist Wire. His favorite thing in the world is Compositional Improvisation (which is another way of saying being alive). Gloria Anzaldúa said, Voyager, there are no bridges, one builds them as one walks. John Cage said, it’s lighter than you think.

Theodore Kerr (Nonfiction - 2017)

Theodore Kerr is a writer and organizer whose work focuses on HIV/AIDS. He received his BA from The New School, and his MA from Union Theological Seminary. His writing has appeared in The New Inquiry, BOMB, The Advocate, The Body, IndieWire, Cineaste, Hyperallergic as well as in Women’s Studies Quarterly, Drain and Dandelion. He is working on a book about AIDS, culture and history. He is a founding member of What Would an HIV Doula Do? and a member of the New York City Trans Oral History project. He was the 2016 winner of the Best Journalism award from POZ Magazine.

Tom Ryan (Young Adult Fiction - 2017)

Tom Ryan is a Canadian author of several books for young readers. He has been nominated for the White Pine Award, the Stellar Award and the Hackmatack Award, and two of his books were Junior Library Guild selections. His young adult novels, Way to Go and Tag Along, were chosen for the ALA Rainbow List, in 2013 and 2014. Tom currently lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia with his husband and their dog.

Tori Truscheit (Nonfiction - 2017)

Tori Truscheit is a community organizer based in San Jose, CA, where she’s a regular contributor for the alternative weekly newspaper. Her essays have appeared in The Establishment, Everyday Feminism, and The Cut at New York Magazine, and she’s reported stories for Civil Eats, Extra Crispy, and Mic. She’s working on longer pieces about misogyny in millennial relationships, queer cheerleaders, and disco.

Wendy Judith Cutler (Nonfiction - 2017)

Wendy Judith Cutler, passionately committed to social transformation, is a longtime radical teacher, writer, jewish lesbian feminist activist. She co-authored Writing Alone Together: Journalling in a Circle of Women for Creativity, Compassion and Connection (2014). Her Memoir of an Undutiful Daughter about Lesbian Feminism in the 1970s is her current obsession. Her coming out letter, “Dear Mom and Dad,” was published in The Coming Out Stories (1980). She lives on magical Salt Spring Island (B.C.: unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples) with her lovergirl of thirty years where she creates sacred circles of women writing together and communes within a circle of queers.

Whitney Porter (Fiction - 2017)

Whitney Porter has published fiction in Battered Suitcase, Metazen and Ping Pong Literary Journal. Additionally her work was in included in the Writer’s Studio at 30 Anthology. She is a 2016 Lambda Literary Fellow and has a degree in Journalism from SUNY Empire State.

William Lung (Fiction - 2017)

William Lung is an adjunct lecturer at The City College of New York, and received the 2016 Norman Kelvin Teacher-Writer Award. He also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from CCNY, and is a two-time recipient of The Stark Short Fiction Prize.

Rosie Wilby (Nonfiction - 2016)

Rosie Wilby is a London-based comedian, writer and broadcaster who has appeared on BBC Radio 4 and performed at major festivals including Glastonbury. Her solo shows have included The Science Of Sex, which she performed at New York’s Fresh Fruit Festival in 2013. Her articles have been published by The Sunday Times, New Statesman, Time Out and more. She was shortlisted for the 2014 Mslexia memoir prize for her account of 1990s London life, How (not) to make it in Britpop. She presents an award-winning LGBT magazine on Resonance FM where her guests have included Armistead Maupin.

Sally J. Johnson (Poetry - 2016)

Sally J. Johnson received her MFA from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where she served as Managing Editor for the award-winning literary journal Ecotone. Her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in the Collagist, Bodega, the Pinch, the Manifest-Station, and elsewhere. Recently, she won the 2015 Poetry International Prize judged by Carol Frost, was a finalist for Sycamore Review’s Wabash Prize in Nonfiction, and winner of Madison Review’s 2015 Phyllis Smart-Young Prize for Poetry. She works as a freelance publicist and part-time instructor in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Find her on twitter: @sallyjayjohnson.

Sam Corfman (Poetry - 2016)

Sam Corfman is a poet who writes plays as well as an MFA candidate and writing instructor at the University of Pittsburgh. Poems (will) appear in Phantom, Prelude, H_NGM_N, 1913: a journal of forms, and Twelfth House, among others, and also in OmniVerse as a finalist for Omnidawn’s chapbook prize.

Sarah Fonseca (2016)

Writer-in-Residence Sarah Fonseca is a nonfictionist living in Brooklyn. Her work has been shared at the Queer Memoir Reading Series, SOLANUS, and in the digital pages of Autostraddle, Medium, and BuzzFeed. She is currently working on a collection of short essays on impostresses throughout history, both personally and culturally known. Fonseca regularly swaps her pen out for an olympic barbell. When she’s not writing for publication or tumblr, she competes in the USAPL.

Sarah Jiménez (2016)

Writer-in-Residence Sarah Jiménez is a fiction writer obsessed with the glory and growing pains of adolescence. The young adult trilogy she is currently working on centers around teen pregnancy, and three cousins’ mutual desire of leaving behind their small suburbia hometown. Sarah received her MFA in Fiction/Creative Writing from Mills College in 2015, and is thrilled to return to Lambda as a Writer in Residence.

Sarah Schulman (Nonfiction - 2016)

Sarah Schulman is a novelist, nonfiction writer, playwright, screenwriter and AIDS historian. Her most recent books include the novel The Cosmopolitans and the forthcoming Conflict is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility and The Duty of Repair. Her other nonfiction titles are Israel/Palestine and the Queer International, The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination, Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences, Stagestruck: Theater, AIDS, and the Marketing of Gay America, and My American History: Lesbian and Gay Life During the Reagan/Bush Years.

Sophie Gertrude Strohmeier (Young Adult Fiction - 2016)

Sophie Gertrude Strohmeier is a bilingual writer of Fiction and Non Fiction from Vienna, Austria – or Pennsylvania, depending on how you look at it. She’s the author of one surrealist Lesbian novel in German, Küss Mich, Libussa (2013). Her film reporting has appeared in European media such as FM4, The Gap, and Sissy. One of her short stories has appeared in Broad! zine. Currently she lives in the South with her wife and two cats, where Sophie is an MFA candidate in creative writing and recipient of the University of Alabama’s Alumni Award for Fiction 2016.

Steven Riel (Poetry - 2016)

Steven Riel is the author of one full-length collection of poetry, Fellow Odd Fellow (Trio House, 2014), as well as three chapbooks: How to Dream, The Spirit Can Crest, and most recently, Postcard from P-town, which was selected as runner-up for the inaugural Robin Becker Chapbook Prize and published in 2009 by Seven Kitchens Press. His poems have appeared in several anthologies and numerous periodicals, including The Minnesota Review and International Poetry Review. Christopher Bursk named him the 2005 Robert Fraser Distinguished Visiting Poet at Bucks County Community College. He received an MFA in 2008 from New England College.

Taylor Johnson (Poetry - 2016)

Taylor Johnson is a poet from Washington, DC. They’ve received fellowships from Callaloo, the Vermont Studio Center, and Lambda Literary. Their work appears in the most recent issue of the minnesota review. They are currently working on their first collection of poems.

Tennessee Jones (Nonfiction - 2016)

Tennessee Jones is the author of the Lambda Literary Award nominated collection Deliver Me From Nowhere, a ‘cover’ of Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska. He is the recipient of awards from the Jacob K. Javits Foundation, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation and Hunter College, where he received his MFA in Fiction in 2010. He was also the George Bennett Fellow (Writer in Residence) at Phillips Exeter Academy, and the Philip Roth Writer in Residence at Bucknell University. He grew up in the Appalachian Mountains and currently lives in Brooklyn.

Wayne Bund (Playwriting - 2016)

Wayne Bund was born in Portland Oregon, and raised on a small farm in Boring. He is an interdisciplinary artist working in photography, performance, painting, and writing. He created the word Lumbertwink, which is a quarterly dance party for lovers of plaid and beards. He holds an MFA in Visual Studies from PNCA, and an MS in Teaching from Pace University. He has exhibited and performed internationally and locally. He is currently working on a full length solo performance called Sass Manifesto, about his drag persona Feyonce, Tina Turner, and Judith Butler. He currently works as a Kindergarten Teacher.

Whitney Porter (Fiction - 2016)

Whitney Porter is a teacher at the Writer’s Studio in New York where she is also student in the master class taught by Pulitzer Prize winning poet Philip Schultz. Her work has appeared in Ping Pong Literary Magazine, Battered Suitcase and Metazen. Originally from Houston, Texas, she now calls Brooklyn, New York her home. She holds a BA in journalism from Empire State College SUNY.

sam sax (Poetry - 2015)

sam sax is a 2015 NEA Fellow and a Poetry Fellow at The Michener Center for Writers where he’s the associate poetry editor at Bat City Review. He’s the two time Bay Area Grand Slam Champion + the author of the chapbooks, A Guide to Undressing Your Monsters (Button Poetry, 2014) + sad boy / detective (Winner of the Black Lawrence’s 2014 Black River Chapbook Prize). His poem Kaddish won Red Hen Press + The Los Angeles Review’s 2014 Wild Light Poetry Contest and he has work forthcoming in Boston Review, Minnesota Review, Ninth Letter, Normal School, Rattle, Salt Hill + other journals.

Sara Brickman (Poetry - 2015)

Sara Brickman is a queer Jewess author, performer, and activist from Ann Arbor, MI. The 2014 Ken Warfel Fellow for Poetry in Community, Sara was named the winner of the Split This Rock Poetry Contest by Natalie Diaz. She is the recipient of a grant from 4Culture, and has attended Bread Loaf and the TILL Writers Convergence. An Artist Trust EDGE fellow, her work has been published or is forthcoming in Muzzle, Bestiary, Hoarse, The New, Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls, and more. A teacher with Writers in the Schools and the 2013 Rain City Women of the World Slam Champion, Sara has performed her work at venues across North America. In 2010 she founded a multimedia reading series in her living room called The Hootenanny, to showcase groundbreaking writers and performers. She lives and writes in Seattle, WA.

Sara David (Nonfiction - 2015)

Sara David received her degree in Gender and Sexuality Studies from Brown University, where she wrote a thesis about women of color feminist organizations and social media. Currently, she works in LGBT youth advocacy with the It Gets Better Project. You can find her writing in the Guardian, Autostraddle, Medium, and Thought Catalog.

Sara Ryan (Genre Fiction - 2015)

Sara Ryan is the author of the YA novels Empress of the World (Lambda Literary Award finalist, ALA Best Book for Young Adults, Oregon Book Award winner, Booklist Top Ten Teen Romance) and The Rules for Hearts (Oregon Book Award winner, Junior Library Guild selection), and the graphic novel Bad Houses (TIME Magazine Top Ten Graphic Novels & Comics of 2013, USA Today Best of 2013 Comics & Graphic Novels). Her shorter comics include the Eisner Award finalist “Me and Edith Head.” She lives in Portland, Oregon with a cartoonist and a cat, and works as the Teen Services Specialist for Multnomah County Library.

Sarah C. Jiménez (Genre Fiction - 2015)

Sarah C. Jiménez is originally from Chula Vista, San Diego’s border-town to Tijuana, and has lived in San Francisco for the past twelve years. She is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing/Fiction Prose at Mills College, and is currently finishing her manuscript – a young adult novel about Latinas in the ’burbs. Jiménez has facilitated several writers workshops with middle school students, and advocates for the educational development of Latino youth in her community. She lives with her partner of ten years (her biggest fan), and their two cats.

Sossity Chiricuzio (Nonfiction - 2015)

Sossity Chiricuzio is a queer femme outlaw poet, a working class sex radical storyteller. What her friends parents often referred to as a bad influence, and possibly still do. Recent publications include: Adrienne Journal, Wilde Magazine, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and The Outrider Review. Producer/MC of the X-Rated open mic Dirty Queer for over 8 years, sainted by the Portland Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and all around catalyst. She is currently working on multiple projects including a hybrid memoir, and is a contributing columnist at

Suzanne Rush (Nonfiction - 2015)

Suzanne Rush is a writer and journalist hailing from Los Angeles, California. She has been published in LA Weekly, SF Weekly, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Santa Fe Reporter, youtalkingtame? and Record Collector News, as well as the websites After Ellen (Fake Gay News) and Boy are my arms tired. She won a spot in the California Arts Council Working Class Writers workshop at The LAB, San Francisco, taught by Dorothy Allison and is a Recursos de Santa Fe Best New Fiction winner. Suzanne is currently conducting a series of interviews with astrologers — among other things.

Sylvia Sukop (Nonfiction - 2015)

Sylvia Sukop grew up in rural Pennsylvania and lived in Boston and New York City before settling in Los Angeles. In 2009 she received PEN Center USA’s Emerging Voices Fellowship and is now working on her first book. Her personal essay, “Pioneers on the frontier of faith: How a handful of audacious Angelenos sparked the movement for LGBT inclusion in mainstream religion that led to a nationwide civil rights sea change,” was published this spring in LAtitudes: An Angeleno’s Atlas (Heyday, 2015). She has a bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University and a master’s through a joint program of New York University and the International Center of Photography.

Todd Gastelum (Nonfiction - 2015)

Todd Gastelum is a California-born writer and editor living in Mexico City. A lifelong scribbler, his only paid work to appear in print is gay erotica, which he peddled to smut mags before the internet killed them off. He has recently overcome his animosity toward digital media and publishes regularly on Todd writes non-fiction about identity, ethnicity, sexuality, class, cities, and food. A former teenage gay rights activist, he never thought he’d live to see same-sex marriage legalized in the US. A half-breed Mexican-American, he has lived in Mexico as an ambivalent immigrant for the past decade. Todd has a degree in geography from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He’s a recovering misanthrope who longs for the burritos and bánh mì of his homeland.

Twig Delujé (2015)

Writer-in-Residence Twig Delujé is a trans* identified fiction writer with a blue-collar, Midwestern/Ozarkian upbringing. His stories revolve around the topics of class, gender, and queer survival while broadening the dialogue around the rural queer experience. He currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

William Lung (Fiction - 2015)

William Lung is an MFA student and adjunct lecturer at the City College of New York where he’s been a recipient of the Stark Short Fiction Prize. He is a returning fiction fellow and his work is forthcoming in Gaslight, the LLF’s inaugural anthology of work from the retreat.

Zavé Martohardjono (Playwriting - 2015)

Zavé Martohardjono is a multidisciplinary Brooklyn-based artist who calls New York City, Indonesia, and Canada home. Zavé makes performance, video, installations and also curates. His work centers on fractured and liminal experiences of borderland identities, exploring mixed-race, multi-national, queer, and trans subjectivity. He’s shown at Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Bowery Poetry Club, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Bronx River Art Center Gallery, Center for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, Chashama 540, Dixon Place, La MaMa E.T.C., Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts, Rats 9 Gallery, SOMArts, and the Wild Project. His videos have screened at film festivals in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Montréal, Berlin, London, Amsterdam, Zurich, and Jakarta. In collaboration, he’s had the pleasure of performing for Lawrence Weiner, Mariangela Lopez/Accidental Movement, Ximena Garnica, Vanessa Anspaugh, Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade, devynn emory, and J. Dellecave. In ocmmunity, he’s collaborated with MIX Queer Experimental Film Festival, Helix Queer Performance Network + Brooklyn Arts Exchange, FIERCE, Theater Transgression, Into the Neon, and New Children/New York. Zavé works in civil rights advocacy and digital media. He received his B.A. from Brown University (2006), his M.F.A. in Media Arts Production from the City College of New York (2009), and participated in the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics’ EMERGENYC Program (2011).

Seth Fischer (Nonfiction - 2014)

Seth Fischer is a writer, teacher and editor who lives in L.A. His work on bisexuality has appeared in The Rumpus and Buzzfeed, and his Rumpus essay was selected for Best Sex Writing 2013 and as a notable in Best American Essays 2013. His essays and short stories have also appeared in Gertrude, Pank, Guernica, Lunch Ticket, and elsewhere. He teaches and tutors at Antioch University and Writing Workshops L.A., and he was a Jentel Arts Residency Program Fellow. He’s currently working on a memoir called The Three Year Switch.

Stephen Ira (Poetry - 2014)

Stephen Ira has published poetry and short fiction in Topside Press’s Collection, Spot Literary Magazine, the St. Sebastian Review, and Specter Magazine. He is a returning fellow from the cohort of 2013. In 2014, he was featured as a guest star in LA MAMA’S SQUIRTS: New Voices in Queer Performance. He’s gay. He’s a transsexual.

Theodosia Henney (Poetry - 2014)

Theodosia Henney was born in New York, raised in Utah, and currently resides in Vermont, where she attends circus school and works in a jam factory. When not learning to juggle and stand on her hands she writes reviews for Lambda Literary and is the Poetry Editor for Cactus Heart Literary Magazine. Additionally, she enjoys baking, campy sci-fi shows, lucid dreaming, and throwing knives at her dresser.

Timothy Carrier (Nonfiction - 2014)

Timothy Carrier is originally from St. Louis, Missouri, and lives in New York City. Currently he’s a candidate in the low residency MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is active in the field of art & social justice.

Victor Vazquez (Poetry - 2014)

Victor Vazquez is a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow, and holds two playwriting commissions with 24th Street Theatre’s Teatro del Pueblo Initiative working with the community of University Park in South Los Angeles. He is a recipient of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund McNamara Creative Arts Grant, a graduate of UC Irvine’s undergraduate creative writing emphasis program, and currently works as a Community Organizer in the Artistic Department at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, CA. Spanish is his native language. He is writing a book of poems titled MEN, and a novel titled, Us, Boys. He lives in Los Angeles.

Wayne Johns (Fiction - 2014)

Wayne Johns has published work in New England Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Image, court green, and elsewhere. His poetry manuscript, Words Without Songs, has been a finalist for the Wick Poetry Prize and the National Poetry Series, among others. His first published fiction was a short story selected by Scott Heim as runner-up for the 2013 Bloom Fiction Chapbook Prize. He has been a recent resident at the Vermont Studio Center and also began taking courses at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies. He’s currently working on a novel (tentatively titled Where Your Children Are) set in his hometown of Atlanta, GA.

William Lung (Fiction - 2014)

William Lung is an MFA student and adjunct instructor at the City College of New York, where he’s been the recipient of the Stark Short Fiction Prize and a Sydney Jacoff Graduate Scholarship. His fiction is often inspired by true stories and a love of travel, and while his writing hasn’t really appeared anywhere yet, he hopes that will change soon. Also, he admits to being overly fond of ellipses…

Wo Chan (Poetry - 2014)

Wo Chan is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia where he studied Creative Writing as an undergrad. There he received the Rachel St. Paul Poetry Award for his work. He has received fellowships from Poets House, Kundiman, and Lambda Literary. Wo plans to pursue an MFA (eventually). He currently resides in Brooklyn, where he works as a makeup artist by day and performs as a standing member of the New York drag alliance, Switch N’ Play, by night.

Yana Calou (Nonfiction - 2014)

Yana Calou is a genderqueer Brazilian-American writer, performance artist and media activist on economic, racial and gender justice issues. Yana has performed at the Pop-up Museum of Queer History, La MaMa, Dixon Place, and BAX. Yana lives in Brooklyn and is currently working on a master’s degree in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at the CUNY Graduate Center, and works at the Retail Action Project. In a past life, they led communications for the Utah Pride Center, GLAAD, and the Women’s Media Center.

Yuska Lutfi (Nonfiction - 2014)

Yuska Lutfi earned MFA degrees in fiction and nonfiction writing from Saint Mary’s College of California. His peers described his pieces as “sartorially delicious, peppered with just enough snark, wit, and charm.” In spring 2014, he facilitated the memoir writing workshop for Lafayette Seniors Citizens, and curated the blog ( and its anthology. He is working on his book that explores issues of drag performers, gender, and religion in his home country Indonesia. Yuska is an American Tribal Style belly dancer, photographer, and collector of antique fabrics and jewelry. He loves cats, cheesecakes, beefcakes, and dancing in his tiny kitchen.

Samuel R. Delany (Fiction - 2013)

Samuel Delany’s stories are available in Aye and Gomorrah and other stories and Atlantis: Three Tales. His novels include Nova, Dhalgren, Hogg,The Mad Man, the Stonewall Award-winning Dark Reflections, and-most recently-Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders. His nonfiction collections includeSilent Interviews, Longer Views, Shorter Views, andTimes Square Red/Times Square Blue. His award-winning autobiography is The Motion of Light in Water. A judge for the 2010 National Book Awards, he was the subject of a 2007 documentary, The Polymath. He is the author of About Writing and his interview in the Paris Review‘s “Art of Fiction” series appeared in the spring 2012. He lives in New York City and teaches creative writing at Temple University. [Photo credit: Kyle Cassidy]

Sarah Schulman (Nonfiction - 2013)

Sarah Schulman is the author of the novels: The Mere Future, The Child, Shimmer, Empathy, Rat Bohemia, People In Trouble, After Delores, Girls Visions and Everything, The Sophie Horowitz Story and the nonfiction books My American History: Lesbian and Gay Life During The Reagan/Bush Years, Stagestruck: Theater, AIDS and the Marketing of Gay America,Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences, The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination, Israel/Palestine and the Queer International, the plays: Carson McCullers, Manic Flight Reaction and the stage adaptation of IB Singer’s Enemies, a Love Story, and the films The Owls and Mommy is Coming. She is co-producer of UNITED IN ANGER: A History of ACT UP. Her awards include: Guggenheim (Playwrighting), Fulbright (Judaic Studies), 3 NY Foundation for the Arts Fellowships (Playwrighting and Fiction), 2 American Library Association Book Awards (Fiction and Nonfiction), the Kessler Prize for Sustained Contribution to LGBT Studies. She is Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island and a Fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University and the Bonham Center for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto. Sarah organized the first US tour of Queer Palestinian Leaders and the first US LGBT Delegation to Palestine. She is co-founder of the ACT UP Oral History Project and MIX: NY Queer Experimental Film and Video Festival, now in its 25th year.

Sathid Pankaew (Fiction - 2013)

Sathid Pankaew was raised in “Little Manila”, Daly City. He was accepted into 2013 Voices of Our Nation – Writers of Color Retreat. His SFF features strong underdogs in oppressive systems, creation mythology, nature’s ingenuity, non-human intelligent life, and amazing people living with disabilities. He views fiction as a medium for expelling, reformatting and transcending traumatic experience. He’s been a carpenter, phlebotomist, HIV test counselor, biological illustrator, and more “unsavory” forms of employment. He works as a barber, puppy counselor and fitness instructor. He hopes to attend “Chicken school for dog-trainers” and write a blockbuster starring Willow Smith and Quvenzhane Wallis when they’re grown.

Sean Patrick Mulroy (Poetry - 2013)

Born and raised in Southern Virginia, the house where Sean Patrick Mulroy grew up was built in 1801 and was commandeered by the union army during the civil war to serve as a makeshift hospital. As a boy, Sean loved to peel back the carpets to show where the blood from hasty surgeries on wounded soldiers had stained the wooden floorboards. Now he writes poems. His work has been published or is forthcoming in The Bakery, Assaracus, Rua de Baixo, Network Awesome, Moonshot, Side B, Union Station, Tandem, Frigg,Neon, Best Indie Literature of New England, Flicker and Spark: A Contemporary Queer Anthology of Spoken Word and Poetry, and Ganymede.

SJ Sindu (Nonfiction - 2013)

SJ Sindu is a writer and activist who focuses on traditionally silenced voices—the immigrant, the poor, the queer, the female-bodied, the non-Christian, the non-white. Sindu has an MA in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and is an incoming Ph.D. student in English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Sindu is a fan of fluidity, and likes to blend genres and genders. Sindu’s creative writing has appeared in Brevity, Water~Stone Review, Harpur Palate, The MacGuffin, Sinister Wisdom, and elsewhere. Currently Sindu is dividing time between two projects: a novel about a Sri Lankan American lesbian in a marriage of convenience, and a collection of nonfiction essays exploring issues of war and gender.

Stephan Georgiou (Nonfiction - 2013)

Stephan Georgiou is a queer gender questioning faerie writer, organizer, performer and troublemaker with very few answers but oh so many questions. When not dancing naked in congressional offices for HIV/AIDS funding, they can be found eating their way through an existential crisis at a bagel store near you. Stephan seeks to contribute to a collective of voices working to build queer community, emancipation and revolution.

Stephen Ira (Poetry - 2013)

Stephen Ira’s poetry, fiction, and non-fiction have appeared in The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard, Spot Lit Mag, Specter Magazine, The St. Sebastian Review, LGBTQ Nation, and Original Plumbing’s online edition. He is a rising senior at Sarah Lawrence College where he studies Literature, Queer Studies, and Critical Theory. He lives with his boyfriend in Yonkers, New York, and tweets fitfully at @supermattachine.

Steve Coulter (Fiction - 2013)

Steve Coulter is finishing his second novel, Sodom’s Son, about the libertarian, conservative paradise of America in 2076 and the gay lovers who save democracy. He repeatedly finished his first novel that frightened literary agents across America (Armour of God: a journalist is sucked into a conspiracy to suppress the greatest scientific discovery in history—physical evidence than an intelligent entity created life, but not the god in Genesis or any other religion). He has worked as a hod-carrier, carpenter, journalist, soldier, state assemblyman, corporate executive, library commissioner and pre-published, prefamous but hopeful novelist. He lives in San Francisco with his husband of 36 years, Greg, and Kirby, the Tibetan Terrier.

Steven Sanchez (Poetry - 2013)

Steven Sanchez is working towards his MFA in Creative Writing at CSU, Fresno where he received his degree in Philosophy. Originally planning to attend law school, an undergrad workshop made him realize his passion is for poetry’s vulnerable and emotionally honest analogies usually absent in legal reasoning. At the retreat, he will continue developing his first poetry collection. He works at the smallest Starbucks in Fresno, is an editorial assistant for the Philip Levine Prize, a 2012 Tin House alum, and a managing editor of Flies, Cockroaches, & Poets. His poetry has appeared in Chelsea Station and San Joaquin Review.

Tess Sharpe (Young Adult Fiction - 2013)

Born in a backwoods cabin to a pair of punk rockers, Tess Sharpe grew up in rural Northern California. Following an internship with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, she studied theatre and Shakespeare at SOU before abandoning the stage for the professional kitchen. She lives, writes and bakes near the Oregon border. Far From You, her first YA novel, is an LGBT mystery, to be published by Hyperion in Spring of 2014.

Tommy Pico (Poetry - 2013)

Tommy “Teebs” Pico is the driving force behind birdsong, an antiracist/queer-positive collective, small press and zine that publishes art and writing. Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now lives in Brooklyn and is working on his first collection of poetry. He’s been published in BOMB, [PANK] and THEthe poetry blog.

Twig Deluje’ (Fiction - 2013)

Twig Deluje’ is a trans* identified fiction writer with a blue-collar, Midwestern/Ozarkian upbringing. A creative writing & queer literature instructor at SFCC, Deluje’ devotes his professional career to broadening the dialogue around the rural queer experience. His stories revolve around the topics of class, gender, and queer survival, while always finding a place for humor as part of that survival. Currently, Deluje’ resides in Madrid, New Mexico with his two beastly dogs. There he thrives as a ranch hand, throws hatchets in his free time, continues to work on his collection of short stories, and produces The Queer Country Roadshow.

Sailor Holladay (Nonfiction - 2012)

Sailor Holladay is a writer, artist, and teacher living in San Francisco while pursuing an MFA Creative Writing Nonfiction degree at Mills College in Oakland. Sailor’s writing and art have appeared in Gay Genius comics anthology, When Language Runs Dry #3, The Encyclopedia Project Vol. F-K, Chronotopia at the 2010 National Queer Arts Festival, Colony Collapse Disorder Radio,, Without a Net: The Female Experience of Growing up Working Class, and elsewhere.

Sarah Fonseca (Nonfiction - 2012)

Sarah Fonseca is a blue collar essayist living in south Georgia. While Bible Belt politics are another story, she appreciates the strong women, cheap rent, and stray dogs that come with the territory. Her work has appeared in The Q Review, Off the Rocks 16, Diverse Voices Quarterly, and in the digital pages of Autostraddle. When not working on her memoir, Sarah serves as a Choice USA correspondent and a speechwriter for Marc Silver, a democratic candidate for the Georgia House of Representatives.

Vanesa Evers (Poetry - 2012)

Vanesa Evers is currently an MFA Poetry Candidate at Sarah Lawrence College, Class of 2013. Her writing challenges stagnant and “conservative” paradigms. Through her poetry, she frees her readers/listeners. There is nothing that can’t be written.

Sara Kate Ellis (Genre Fiction - 2011)

Sara Kate Ellis lives in Tokyo where she is a master of seat nabbing during crowded commutes. Her short fiction has recently appeared in Allegory, Brain Harvest and Electric Spec, with stories forthcoming in The Red Penny Papers and the Rockets, Swords and Rainbows anthology.

Stephanie Glazier (Poetry - 2011)

Stephanie Glazier has poems in various publications based in the Lansing, MI area. Her interviews with poets Billy Collins and Thomas Lynch have been published in MittenLit. She is a MFA candidate at Antioch University LA and assistant director of the RCAH Center for Poetry at Michigan State University. She lives in East Lansing, MI where she loves to write, eat, read, repeat.

Tanya Olson (Poetry - 2011)

Tanya Olson teaches English at Vance-Granville Community College. Her work has appeared in Boston Review, Cairn, Main Street Rag, Pedestal, Elysian Fields, Fanzine, and Southern Cultures. She won the 2005 Independent Poetry contest, was a runner-up for the 2009 Rita Dove Award, and received a 2010 “Discovery” Award from the 92nd Street Y and the Boston Review. She is a member of the Black Socks poetry group, and serves on the board of the Carolina Wren Press. (Photo by Derek Anderson.)

Tommy Theollyn (Nonfiction - 2011)

Tommy Theollyn lives with his family and an eclectic mix of neurotic animals off the coast of Georgia. Through the alchemy of social services, crap jobs, and a certain creative tenacity, Tommy builds magical castles, magnificent artwork, and family memories out of spray paint and thrift store finds. Although active in social justice communities, Tommy is recently drawn more towards contemplation of universal transformation and belly button lint. He is working on his first novel.

Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal (Poetry - 2011)

Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal is an NYC traitor to LA, who lowercase identifies as a poet, playwright, essayist, and lyricist. She earned a BA from Vassar College and is working on an MFA in Writing at CalArts. She likes: rubbernecking American culture, contemporary critical theory, mid-century modern furniture, and her grandfather. Her work has been published in Work Magazine, is forthcoming in PANK Magazine, and will be presented at the 2011 &Now Festival of New Writing.

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