S147. The Importance of Novels in Preserving Queer History

Room 006B, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
Saturday, March 7, 2020
10:35 am to 11:50 am


History is determined by those who record and remember what happened. LGBTQ people are not the only group that has seen its history distorted or eliminated. Novels often serve as the only place readers can find information about queer lives, events, and livelihoods in the near and distant past. Four novelists will read from their works and discuss how they have preserved the real-life stories of people and events which offer insights to queer contributions to history.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_2020_Novels_and_Queer_History.pdf



Alan Lessik is a novelist, Zen practitioner, LGBT activist, and NWU member. His debut novel, The Troubleseeker, was a finalist for Publishing Triangle 2017 LGBTQ Fiction Award. His nonfiction works have been published in Lambda Literary and The Advocate, He is the treasurer of the AWP LGBTQ Caucus.

Viet Dinh teaches at the University of Delaware. He has received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as two O. Henry Prizes and the Alice Hoffman Prize for Fiction. His debut novel, After Disasters was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Prize.

Carter Sickels is the author of the novel The Evening Hour, and the editor of Untangling the Knot: Queer Voices on Marriage, Relationships & Identity. He is assistant professor of creative writing at Eastern Kentucky University.

Brandy Wilson


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center