14585272_10210636368367718_1449196460_nThe LGBTQ caucus is for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer to network and discuss common issues/challenges. These concerns are related to gender fluidity and identity while teaching and writing professionally along with leading a literary and socially responsible life. We share interests, publications, and projects in order to strengthen visibility and importance to AWP, along with addressing our social/creative significance to academic/literary communities.

We are now celebrating our 6th year representing LGBTQ writers at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference.

Who are the current board members?

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The folks above have graciously agreed to serve on the board of the AWPLGBTQ Caucus for the 2017-2018 year.  Congratulations to Miguel Morales (Vice President; back left),  Jay McCoy (Secretary, Back Middle), Sean Patrick Mulroy (Communications Officer; back right), Tiff Ferentini (President; front left), and Samantha Tetangco (Communications Officer; front right).

Why the blog?

Over time, the AWP LGBTQ Caucus increased its web presence through Facebook, Twitter (@LGBTQWriters), and Tumblr.  In 2016, we wanted to offer a larger space to promote LGBTQ writers, panels, and events throughout the year and at this year’s AWP event.  Expect to see posts that…

  • Promote up-coming LGBTQ-centered panels
  • Publicize new works by LGBTQ writers by announcing new works, events, or other things of interest to our community
  • Connect you to your LGBTQ Writers Caucus Board Members
  • Keep you informed about other happenings in the LGBTQ and AWP communities

We are also happy to hear from you about topics that are interest to you.  Looking for a way to promote your own work?  We are happy to share your good news.  Visit the “Contact us!” page for details.

How Can I be involved?

There are lots of ways to be involved in the AWP LGBTQ Caucus.  Give one of the following a try:

  • Inform us of your panel or event prior to the next AWP Conference
  • Share with us your latest writerly success by leaving us a message in the “Contact us!” page
  • Interview a future panelist about an up-coming event and we can publish your interview here
  • Come to the LGBTQ Caucus meeting at the next AWP Conference
  • Join the LGBTQ Writers Facebook page or follow us via Twitter (@LGBTQWriters)
  • Bug us with a blog post that you’d like to see
  • Write a guest blog post!
  • Volunteer to work the AWP LGBTQ table at the Conference book fair
  • Suggest another way to get involved!

You can also contact us here.  In the comments field, let us know what you are interested in doing.  We will get back to you as soon as possible!