The Road Out: Lambda Literary Surveys the Future of LGBTQ Writing
1:30 PM13:30

The Road Out: Lambda Literary Surveys the Future of LGBTQ Writing

  • Tampa Convention Center, First Floor, Room 23 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In the 30 years since its founding, Lambda Literary has advocated for LGBTQ writers and readers as we confronted AIDS, debated marriage, grappled with issues of equality and justice, and sought to further a diverse and inclusive queer/trans culture. Now, amid renewed oppression and threat, how best can Lambda Literary and LGBTQ writers foster a proactive, sustainable place for ourselves? Literary activists affiliated with Lambda Literary lead a conversation with the community on the path forward.

Confirmed panelists are William Johnson, Joy Ladin, Amy Scholder, Brandi Spaethe, and Tony Valenzuela.

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Sexuality and Love in Creative Writing: A CSU Summer Arts 2017 Workshop
to Jul 23

Sexuality and Love in Creative Writing: A CSU Summer Arts 2017 Workshop

In a culture where sex is taboo, where conversations about sexuality for men, women, and those outside the gender binary are changing, stories have more need than ever to be told. This course focuses on some innovators in writing about sexuality and love. What are the different dynamics we’re creating in romantic relationships? How are people navigating these waters? This isn’t focusing, necessarily, on the language of sex, but on how to tell stories about sex—coming-of-age tales, writing about female sexuality, sexuality and aging, marginal sexualities, existing outside of the binary of gay/straight, etc—and also how to talk about love. How is love defined? These things are at the core of our humanness. Come explore with a dynamic group of classmates and exciting guest artists what is at the heart of your own story and how to write it.

Course Coordinator: Brandi M Spaethe

Guest Artists: Brenda Shaughnessy, Garth Greenwell, Li-Young Lee, and Randa Jarrar

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Fresno LitHop 2017
2:00 PM14:00

Fresno LitHop 2017

PerSISTERS, ReSISTERS: Fightin’ Words from California Women*
2:00 p.m. | Goldstein’s Mortuary & Delicatessen | feat. Angela M. Corbett, Jamie Asaye FitzGerald, Monique Quintana, Brandi M. Spaethe*(+21 and older only)

Since women are still underrepresented in many fields, even writing (as VIDA reminds us), we must continue to persist, resist, and support one another as we each practice our own fighting style. We fight by being sexual; by being nasty women!; by naming our oppressors or naming our achievements; by choosing and protecting our own love, work, art, and voice. In this multi-genre reading, the members of the Fresno Women’s Reading Series and Poets & Writers join forces in using words to do all of these things, and more.

For a full calendar of events please visit the LitHop site!

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Lambda LitFest Los Angeles
to Mar 12

Lambda LitFest Los Angeles

We’re proud to announce the first annual Lambda Literary Festival, a celebration of contemporary voices honoring and expanding on the rich, diverse tradition of LGBTQ writers and letters in the Southland!

Lambda LitFest will be held in Los Angeles, California from March 6-12, 2017, with all events FREE and open to the public! No reservations are required.

Programming for the week-long event is as noted.

Saturday, March 11th, 2017 – LitFest Saturday
Barnsdall Gallery Theatre
4800 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, California 90027

We’ll kick off LitFest with a full day of discussions, readings, entertainment, and mingling with featured presenters, including: Luis Alfaro, Noel Alumit, Tre'vell Anderson, Diane Anderson-Minshall, Ryka Aoki, Lucy Bledsoe, Susie Bright, Melissa Chadburn, Bernard Cooper, D'lo, Zachary Drucker, Alex Espinoza, Julie Goldman, Marga Gomez, Ian Harvey, Cheryl Klein, Beth Lapides, Alec Mapa, MariNaomi, Alberto Mendoza, Michael Nava, Wendy C. Ortiz, Our Lady J, Peter Paige. Robin Podolsky, Claudia Rodriguez, Justin Sayre, Sarah Schulman, Justin Torres, Terry Wolverton

Monday, March 6 - Sunday, March 12, 2017 – A Week of Litfest Across LA
Join us for LitFest readings and events in neighborhoods across Los Angeles.

Sunday, March 12, 7-10pm – Litfest Closing Party
Akbar 4356 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

Join us as we celebrate Litfest at Akbar in Hollywood. Everyone is welcome!

Learn more at!

LitFest Coordinator: Brandi M Spaethe -

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  A Thin Bright Line: Reaching Back and Looking Forward in the Literature of Lesbian and Queer Women
6:00 PM18:00

A Thin Bright Line: Reaching Back and Looking Forward in the Literature of Lesbian and Queer Women

As part of the City of West Hollywood’s ongoing Lesbian Speakers Series and WeHo Reads Program, the West Hollywood Library will be hosting author Lucy Bledsoe at the West Hollywood Library Council Chambers for a panel event on Saturday, October 22, 2016 in conjunction with the release of Lucy’s upcoming book A Thin Bright Line.  The book, which is based on the true story of Lucy’s aunt and namesake “Lucybelle Bledsoe” and on the search to uncover her remarkable past, encompasses Cold War intrigues, the origins of climate research, the joyful pangs of love, and the impossible compromises of queer life in the 1950s and 60s.  

Lucy Jane Bledsoe
Christina Quintana
Brandi M. Spaethe
Griselda Suarez

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LitFest Pasadena 2016
4:15 PM16:15

LitFest Pasadena 2016

TITLE: LGBTQ Writers Having Their Say

DESCRIPTION: This panel brings together LGBTQ writers from the greater LA area to discuss their work, their politics, and the need for establishing and sustaining a thriving literary community for writers of difference. 

Folks who will be reading, paneling, etc:

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