Anthologies, Book Contests, and…Newspapers?: 3 Panels on LGBTQ Publishing

Want to learn more about publishing opportunities for LGBTQ writers?  These three panels offer three very different perspectives.  While “Taking Up the Quill” looks at a more familiar road towards publication through a new contest, the others offer unexpected tales.  “Publishing Pulse” follows the story of the anthology created in response to the Orlando Pulse shooting while “Crazy, Sexy Miami” features reporters seeking to “tell all” about today’s hot topics through various journalism and creative nonfiction forms.  Together, the three panels highlight a range of experiences worth checking out:

Publishing Pulse: Anthologies for Orlando

June 12, 2016. Pulse Nightclub. Orlando, FL. As writers responded to the mass shooting by creating work honoring lost LGBTQ voices, two anthologies arose: Pulse/Pulso and The Brillantina Project. This panel details how editors defined and organized their projects focusing on healing and community while navigating the initial crisis and the troubling aftermath. Learn how these sister projects continue to support one another and united for a reading at AWP. Panel will also share contributor poems. Panelists: Miguel M. MoralesRoy G GuzmánDavid LópezLuis Lopez-MaldonadoMaya Chinchilla

Details: Room 7, 8, & 9, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor; Friday 9:00 am to 10:15 am

Crazy, Sexy Miami: Reporters Tell All

In South Florida in the ’80s, today’s hot topics were already in full evidence: racial tension, terrorism, free speech, LGBTQ rights, immigration, culture clashes, epidemics (then, incurable AIDS). To explore these complicated topics Miami Herald reporters became experts in long-form, immersion, and voice-driven journalism. Prizewinning (seven Pulitzers) former staffers will explain how and why they wrote what they wrote, and connect that writing to current creative nonfiction. Panelists: S.L. (Sandi) WisenbergLiz BalmasedaMadeleine BlaisSydney P. Freedberg

Details: Room 17, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor; Friday, 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

Taking up the Quill: Queer Representation Through Writing, Awards, and Publication

Though labels of identity can be alienating, they can also be empowering and community building. We discover identities within ourselves through the recognition of communities in visual and print media. This was the inspiration to launch Quill, a new queer imprint of Red Hen Press, which publishes queer literary prose through award submissions. Hear Quill’s editor, judges, and award winners read their powerful works and discuss the need for representation through publication. Panelists: Tobi HarperCeleste GaineyRyka AokiMartha K. Davis

Details: Room 12, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor; Friday 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Over the next 4 days, we’ll highlight upcoming LGBTQ-themed AWP panels to help you plan your AWP schedule.  If you’d like your panel or event featured in an up-coming post, please do not hesitate to  contact us!
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