Stellar roster of performers includes Jewelle Gomez, Bamby Salcedo, and Patrisse Cullors
Lambda Literary presents its second annual Lambda LitFest Los Angeles, a week-long, LGBTQ literary festival, from Sept. 29 - Oct. 6, 2018. Held at 25 venues across Los Angeles County, the festival features community-curated performances, talks, and low-cost writing workshops.
'Lambda LitFest LA is a unique way for Angelenos to experience all that queer literary LA has to offer,' said Sue Landers, Executive Director. 'It is a community driven, collective action that amplifies queer voices and celebrates our lives.'
Live Performances, Talks, and Exhibits from Sept. 29 - Oct. 6
Lambda LitFest's premier event occurs Saturday, Sept. 29, with a full day of discussions, workshops, and mingling at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (244 San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012). Saturday's program features four panels and six writing workshops, covering topics from writing queer characters for movies and TV, to geek culture, and queer sex worker narratives. Attendees are invited to check out the exhibitor fair between events to learn more about local organizations helping to enrich the cultural legacy of Los Angeles.
Lambda LitFest LA continues the following week with forty community curated events in neighborhoods across LA county.
The festival closes at Plummer Park in West Hollywood (7377 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046) with a live taping of the LA Review of Books Radio Hour Podcast with Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter.
Lambda LitFest is made possible through the generous support of the City of West Hollywood, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, UCLA Extension Writers' Program, the California Arts Council, a state agency, and presenting media partner, The Los Angeles Blade.
Visit www.lambdalitfest.org for the complete schedule. Join the conversation by following #LambdaLitFest.
General Event Information
Main Day Event: A full day of discussions, readings, networking, and exhibitor fair.
Date: Sept. 29, 11am - 5pm.
Location: Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, 244 San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
Community-Curated Events: Forty readings and events in neighborhoods across LA.
Dates: Sept. 30 - Oct. 5. (times vary)
Location: Varies. See program for details.
Closing Event: Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, in conversation with Eric Newman, host and executive producer of the LA Review of Books Radio Hour
Date: Oct. 6, 6pm - 7:15pm.
Location: Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046.
Co-founder of Black Lives Matter Patrisse Cullors; Editor-in-Chief of INTO Zach Stafford; Poet, gender non conforming and disability advocate Kay Ulanday Barrett; Poet, critic, and playwright Jewelle Gomez; Author and translator Randa Jarrar; Vice President of PEN Center USA and winner of the American Library Association Barbara Gittings Prize David Francis; Bestselling writer of books, comics, and video games Sam Maggs; Bay Area Writer to Watch and Lambda Literary Poetry Fellow Baruch Porras-Hernandez; YA speculative fiction writer Henry Lien; Poet and Program Director of the UCLA Extension Writers' Program Charles Jensen; NCIS New Orleans screenwriter Greta Heinemann; Screenwriter and chair of WGA's Latino Writers Committee Danny Tolli; Shadowhunters screenwriter Zac Hug; Screenwriter, director, producer Moisés Zamora; Dominatrix and Ph.D. in Gender Studies Natalie West; Podcaster, sex worker, and author Vanessa Carlisle; Moth Slam Winner and writing instructor Antonia Crane; Zinemaker Softcore Mija; Former porn star and memoirist Christopher Zeischegg (aka Danny Wylde); Writer, actress, and comedienne Chingy (aka Lani Ching); Host and executive producer of LA Review of Books Radio Hour Eric Newman; Lambda Literary Fellow Hank Henderson; Multi-disciplinary artist, writer/author, actor, arts educator, community organizer, and co-founder and director for Tuesday Night Project Traci Kato-Kiriyama; YA author Amy Spalding; Award-winner writer, performer, and slam poet Meliza Bañales (aka Missy Fuego); Lambda Literary Award Finalist CB Lee; Internationally touring bisexual poet and actress Yazmin Monet Watkins; Poet, writer, and founder of Writers At Work, a creative writing studio, Terry Wolverton.
Amy Scholder, Brandi Spaethe, Carrie Lee, Charlie Jensen, Corey Roskin, Joseph Rey, Kevin Robertson, Lynn Harris Ballen, Mathew Rodriguez, Meliza Bañales (aka Missy Fuego), Ron Gutierrez, Rosalind Helfand, Samantha Cohen, Seth Fischer, Steven Reigns, and LitFest Event Producer Dan Lopez.
The 2nd Annual Lambda LitFest LA is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors: the City of West Hollywood, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, UCLA Extension Writers' Program, the California Arts Council (a state agency), and our presenting media partner, the Los Angeles Blade.
About Lambda Literary
LAMBDA LITERARY nurtures and advocates for LGBTQ writers, elevating the impact of their words to create community, preserve our legacies, and affirm the value of our stories and our lives. Lambda Literary's programs include the Lambda Literary Awards, the Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices, LGBTQ Writers in Schools, Lambda LitFest LA, and our web magazine the Lambda Literary Review at www.LambdaLiterary.org.
Courtesy of Lambda Literary
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