S198. Publishing Queer: What Was, What Is, and What Just May Be

E143-144, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


How has queer publishing changed over the years? Do agents and publishing houses resist picking up LGBTQ lit or are they embracing it now in the face of America's current climate? What does the future look like? This panel discusses publishing trends with the head of Quill (the queer imprint of Red Hen Press), a literary agent who represents diverse voices, and three award-winning, published writers who will share their personal experiences getting their books sold and marketed.



Kate Carroll de Gutes's book, Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, won the 2016 Oregon Book Award and a 2016 Lambda Literary Award. Her latest book, The Authenticity Experiment: Lessons From the Best & Worst Year of My Life, was released in 2017 and won an IPPY for LGBT nonfiction.

tammy lynne stoner is the author of Sugar Land—a southern-fried novel. She's also the publisher of Gertrude and wrangler of the queer book club GERTIE. Her work has been published two dozen times in places like Folio and American Fiction 2015

Beth Marshea is the owner of Ladderbird Literary Agency based out of Boston, MA. She believes that diverse representation is the cornerstone of great literature. Beth strives to find manuscripts that tell the stories of all under represented groups. She focuses on beautiful story telling above all.

Tobi Harper is Deputy Director of Red Hen Press, Founder and Editor of Quill (a queer publishing series), Contributing Editor for The Los Angeles Review, Instructor for the UCLA Extension Publishing and Editing program, and a queer literary warrior.

Nick White is the author of the novel How to Survive a Summer. His fiction has appeared in the Kenyon Review, the Hopkins ReviewGuernica, the Literary Review, and elsewhere. He teaches creative writing at the Ohio State University.


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