YOUNG ADULT FICTION FACULTY: BENJAMIN ALIRE SÁENZ
Damian Alexander is a writer, cartoonist, and finder of lost things who was born and raised in and around Boston, Massachusetts. He is currently working on an eclectic collection of stories for children and teens. His favorite word is juxtaposition and his written and illustrative works often go hand in hand. His personal essays, as well as articles on children's media have appeared on Narratively, Pacific Standard, BuzzFeed, The Mary Sue, and more. He is currently pursuing an MFA in Writing for Children at Simmons College. Visit his work at damianimated.com Donate to Damian Here!
Laura Carpenter lives in Anchorage, Alaska, with her wife and daughter. She survives the dark Northern winters by reading, writing, running in studded shoes, and drinking chai lattes. She works in marketing and public relations and tries to not let that tarnish her fiction too much. Her publications include Curve, The New York Times, Anchorage Daily News, Alaska Pride Blog, Naked Ptarmigan, NorthView, Inside Passages and more. Donate to Laura Here!
Kate Goka is a returning Lambda and VONA/Voices fellow writing YA fiction and graphic novels. A life-long education nerd, Kate was a founding member of June Jordan School for Equity. She lives in Brisbane, California with her wife and three kids.
C.B. Lee is a bisexual writer and hiking enthusiast from the California coast. A first generation Asian American, Lee identifies strongly with immigrant communities and has a background working with various educational nonprofits with inner-city youth in Los Angeles. She is passionate about working in communities of color and providing a space through outdoor and environmental education where youth can be empowered in themselves and inspired to write characters and stories they identify with. Lee's debut novel Seven Tears at High Tide was published by Duet Books in 2015 and named a finalist in the fourth annual Bisexual Books Awards. Donate to CB Here!
Paul J.S. Oliveria has been working in the field of information security for over ten years as a writer, marketer, and public speaker. He tells stories about computer malware, cybercrime, and new technologies by collaborating with cybersecurity researchers and experts. When not developing awareness campaigns on internet safety or uncovering a cybercriminal modus operandi, he binge-watches TV shows, writes reviews in a startup Filipino movie blog he co-founded, and writes snippets of stories that may or may not be based on his life. He lives in the Philippines, and is in constant search for the best pizza, burger, and chocolate.
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. He lives in San Diego, California.
Alexis Smithers is a black nonbinary writer who grew up and still lives in the DMV (D.C./Maryland/Virginia area) and creates mostly through poetry, personal essay, and fiction. A contributing editor for Words Dance Magazine, their work can be found hereÂ. Alexis advised to Winter Tangerine Review's workshop for writers of color, interned at a nonprofit advocating for people with rare blood diseases, and attended Pink Door, a women of color writer's retreat. Currently working in food service and trying to turn all the learning they've done in the past four years into a tangible degree, Alexis tweets at @DangerLove12. Donate to Alexis Here!
Sophie Gertrude Strohmeier is a bilingual writer of fiction and nonfiction 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. Find out more here. Donate to Sophie Here!
Christina Tesoro is a writer, sex educator, and youth counselor at the Ali Forney Center in New York City. She is an alumna of the Black Forest Writing Seminar in 2015, where she studied fiction and creative nonfiction with Roxane Gay. She has published work at The Establishment, The Toast, The Rumpus, The Learned Fangirl, Cosmo, andRevelist. She also blogs about all things sex, sexuality, and relationship related at Along Came Poly. She tweets, sparsely, @storyqday, and is not nearly as glum as she appears. Donate to Christina Here!
Peyton Thomas is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto's political science and sexual diversity studies program. They are a recipient of the Norma Epstein Foundation Award in Creative Writing, and their proposal on Weezer's Pinkerton was recently shortlisted for publication in Bloomsbury's 33 1/3 series. They are presently writing their first novel, and they aspire to give young queer and trans readers the happy endings they deserve. Donate to Peyton Here!
Molly Thornton is a Seattle-based femme, writer, and poet who hails from the Land of Enchantment. She aims to write new anthems for young adults and is influenced by female friendship, queer love, and life's gritty magic. When she's not absorbed in editing her first novel, she is engaged in young women's empowerment projects, or thrift shopping for leopard print garments and floral housewares.
Pam is an editor in San Francisco for No Starch Press where she hopes to help incite children towards acts of math/science-related mayhem. She was a 2015 Lambda Fellow, and she is thrilled to be returning! When she is not wrangling hacker chapters, she writes graphic novels, YA, memoir, and the occasional blog post. She holds her MFA in Writing for children & young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, an MA in mostly Philosophy from St. John's College, and a BA in Physics from Wellesley College. Her writing has appeared in Odyssey Magazine and Teaching Tolerance. And her first book Ocean Ecosystems came out last fall.
Karen Yin is a peace-loving, riot-inciting middle child with one eyebrow permanently arched. An award-winning writer, she alternates between several writing projects about unothering: a fantasy novel from a troll's point of view, a graphic novel about person-based love, and a collection of short tales about collapsing identities. She received a grant from Table 4 Writers Foundation in 2014 and was a Lambda Literary Fellow in 2015 and 2016. A longtime editor, Karen is the creator of Conscious Style Guide, "the place to go for people words." She also writes about language style on her oddly popular blog, AP vs. Cicago. Donate to Karen Here!
POETRY FACULTY: JOY LADIN
Nico Amador was born and raised in San Diego, lived and worked for many years in Philadelphia and has recently landed in the small town of Bristol, Vermont. Nico's writing life has its beginnings in the political community of queer and POC organizers that helped him come out and come into his work as a young activist. Since that time poetry has been a tool for exploring the complicated nature of history and for looking outside of it. His work has been published in Poet Lore, Big Bell, MiPoesias, Plenitude Magazine, APIARY, Nimrod International Journal, and Rogue State. Nico is also the co-editor of Thread Makes Blanket Press.
Portia Elan lives and writes in the East Bay, where she shares a house with one indifferent cat and one whip-smart puppy. She teaches 9th grade English and History in Oakland. Her chapbooks, "To Yield Like Water & Nothing Else," "Ghazals for the Body," and "Everything Here is Noise & I" (co-written with Jenny Boychuk) all circle around the intersection between the mystic and the body.
Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and forthcoming spring 2017 from BOA Editions, Ltd. His work has previously appeared in two chapbooks and publications such as Poetry, The Massachusetts Review, Best of the Net, and The Best American Poetry. He holds an MFA from Syracuse University and is currently a PhD candidate in English and Creative Writing at Texas Tech University. Visit him at chenchenwrites.com.
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.
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.
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.
Jennifer Hanks is the author of Prophet Fever (Hyacinth Girl Press). They were a finalist for Heavy Feather Review's Double Take Poetry Prize, judged by Dorothea Lasky, and have two chapbooks, gar child (Tree Light Books) and Ghost Skin (Porkbelly Press), forthcoming in 2016. Their poetry and nonfiction appear or are forthcoming in Arcadia, Gigantic Sequins, Bone Bouquet, HOUSEGUEST, and elsewhere. An associate editor for Sundress Publications, they live in New Orleans with their fiancée and tweet @corsetofscales. Donate to Jennifer Here!
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 online: @sallyjayjohnson and jaypublicity.com. Donate to Sally Here!
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. Donate to Taylor Here!
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. (photo credit: John Burke)
Brian Rigg's poems have appeared in a number of publications including: Grain Magazine, Windsor Review, Canadian Dimension, Descant, and Fireweed. They were also included in two anthologies: Ma'ka: Diasporic Juks: Contemporary Writing by Queers of African Descent and Seminal: The Anthology of Canada's Gay Male Poets. A False Paradise, his first collection of poetry, was published by ECW Press (2001). He is currently working on a new collection of poetry, titled Guerrilla.
Julia Tranchina is a writer, poet, and municipal employee. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in places like The Rusty Toque, Bone Bouquet, Monkeybicycle, Permafrost and Juked. She was born, raised, and lives still, in San Jose, California (before it was never cool) with her wife and four-year-old twins. To find more of her work, please visit clodhopper.com.
Read the Part 1: Fiction – NonFiction here: http://www.lezbelib.com/books-poetry/introducing-lambda-literary-s-2016-emerging-writers-retreat-fellows-part-1-fiction-nonfiction