R210. The Road Out: Lambda Literary Surveys the Future of LGBTQ Writing

Meeting Room 9 & 10, Marriott Waterside, Third Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


In the thirty 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 advance 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.


Tony Valenzuela, longtime community activist and writer, is the Executive Director of the Lambda Literary Foundation.

William Johnson is the online editor of Lambda Literary Review. He is also the editor and publisher of Mary Literary: A literary journal dedicated to publishing gay writing of artist merit and a contributing arts, and he is a culture writer for CrushFanazine.

Joy Ladin, Gottesman Professor of English at Yeshiva University, is the author of nine books of poetry, including Lambda Literary Award finalists Transmigration and Impersonation, and memoir, National Jewish Book Award–finalist Through the Door of Life, She is a 2016 NEA fellowship recipient.

Amy Scholder has edited and published books at Feminist Press, Seven Stories, Verso, Serpent's Tail, City Lights, and other independent publishers. President of Lambda Literary's board of trustees,  she is producing a documentary film.

Brandi M. Spaethe was a 2013 Lambda Retreat Fellow and served as the festival coordinator for the first Lambda LitFest Los Angeles in spring 2017. She is the program coordinator at Poets & Writers's California office and teaches at California State University, Los Angeles. More at bspaethe.com.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside