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The Countdown Begins

AWP is only one month away – yes, that’s right ONE MONTH AWAY, and so begins our 30 day countdown to the 2017 Conference at Washington D.C.!  If you are like me, you finally booked your flight and your calendar is filling with evenings with writer friends from around the country.  It is our hope that this blog will help you navigate the often wonderful and equally overwhelming thing that IS the AWP Conference!

Over the next month, expect posts about upcoming events, book signings, our favorite writers, opportunities for your involvement, as well as tips and advice for how to make the conference both memorable and productive!

Until then, mark your calenders for the follow LGBTQ Caucus Events and Activities, starting with…

The LGBTQ Caucus Annual Meeting – Thursday, 6pm-7:15pm, Room 102B, Level One, Washington Convention Center

14570670_1605855866385853_408792963215773106_oAs you probably know, the LGBTQ Caucus Meets once per year at the AWP Conference.  This is a good time to

  • meet your current Caucus Board Members,
  • meet fellow LGBTQ Writers at the start of the conference (it’s always nice to see friendly faces as the conference continues!)
  • promote and learn about future LGBTQ-centered events (be sure to bring flyers and/or other materials to help spread the word)
  • network ideas for future AWP Panels (proposals are due very soon after the conference conclues!)
  • express your ideas and concerns for the conference, and
  • elect new board members (everyone is welcome to run!).

Add this to your Facebook Events!  If you miss attending Thursday’s meeting, never fear, for you can still find us at…

The LGBTQ Writers Caucus Booth! @ Bookfair Exhibit Space 668

We are incredibly grateful for the support of our members, many of which donated money to allow us to have a physical presence at the Conference Bookfair.  For those who have never been to the conference before, the bookfair can be quite overwhleming – there are hundreds and hundreds of booths, each one pushing literary magazines and MFA programs and small presses.  If you are like me, they can feel quite intimidating.  The one place you should feel more than happy to visit?  THE LGBTQ WRITERS CAUCUS BOOTH!

Lambda Literary has graciously agreed to share a booth space with us, both to cut down costs and to help keep the booth manned.  Like the Caucus meeting, we see the booth as a hub, a place where you can meet fellow queer writers, promote and find out about events, and even pick up a schedule of LGBTQ-centered panels!  This year, we’ll be hosting a number of author signings, so be sure to drop by and see all that we have going on!

And finally, as a nice way to wrap up the conference, we hope you will also attend…

The Social Justice Mixer – Saturday, 6:30pm @ Scarlet Oak Room, Mezzanine Level, Marriott Marquis.

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We also are very happy to announce that because of your generous support, we are also able to co-sponsor another end-of-conference MIXER.

This final AWP event is a great place to toast another successful year, connect with writers focused on social justice and inclusion, and learn about more about the LGBTQ Writers Caucus, and our co-sponsors: Lambda Literary and CantoMundo.

Add this to your Facebook Events!

And that is all for now.  Expect more information about other conference events soon!  Until then, you have ideas for things you’d like help with, readings or panels you would like us to promote, and/or anything else that falls into the realm of this AWP Caucus, please let us know in the comments below!

3 weeks left to reach our Thanksgiving goal!

Our fundraiser is well under way, and so far, 6 generous people have helped us raise $340!! That leaves us $660 remaining in order to reach our $1,000 goal, and ONLY $160 to meet our Thanksgiving Holiday Goal!

Please consider making a donation TODAY.

Hey, why only $500 by Thanksgiving?  Didn’t you say you needed $1,000…

Yes, you are correct.  We are looking to raise $1,000 total for this year’s conference.  Half the funds will go towards our shared booth at the AWP Book Fair.  The other half will go towards organizing an evening mixer.  For us, the booth is the first priority.  We’d like to meet the booth goal by Thanksgiving, and then, focus on raising the funds for the mixer.

Wait.  I know you told me this before, but why the booth again?

For those who haven’t been to the conference before, one of the biggest and most popular aspects of the AWP Conference is the AWP Bookfair.  Here, literary magazines mix with presses, organizations, schools, etc.  In short, the bookfair is an important place to connect with writers, editors, publishers, and other writerly folks.  We wanted to make sure that LGBTQ writers had a physical presence amidst the fray, especially since not everyone is able to attend the LGBTQ Writers Caucus meeting.

Last year ,the booth acted as a social and professional hub – we hosted author signings, advertised for LGBTQ events, and even handed out a bit of swag!  Plus, enough cannot be said about the presence of a friendly rainbow flag, don’t you think?

Sounds great!  How can I help?

Visit our official fundraiser page to make a donation.  Any bit does helps.  $1, $5, $10, $20…  If you can handle a $75 donation, we’ll also offer you a time slot for an author signing.

Please VISIT OUR FUNDRAISER PAGE for more details and/or to make a contribution or contact Tiff Ferentini at lgbtq.writers.caucus@gmail.com with any further questions.

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Support YOUR LGBTQ Writer’s Caucus!

We need your help!  THE LGBTQ Writer’s Caucus is holding a fundraiser in order to secure a booth at the 2017 AWP Writers Conference and Bookfair!

What does the LGBTQ Writer’s Caucus do and how come you need a fundraiser??

Here is what you may or may not know: the LGBTQ Writers Caucus’ primary purpose is to act as an hub for LGBTQ peoples at the AWP Conference.  This means that we work to connect LGBTQ writers, ensure the presence of LGBTQ panels and events, and advocate for LGBTQ presence at each AWP conference.  We use the caucus to create, foster, and serve as a supportive space and resource for LGBTQ Writers.

Last year the LGBTQ Writers Caucus was able to sponsor an LGBTQ event or reading every night of the conference, have a booth in the AWP Bookfair, and offered several of our members the opportunity to host their own book signing session at our booth.  We also co-hosted a mixer with the Lambda Literary Foundation, Canto Mundo, and Split this Rock.  We felt that the booth and mixer allowed a range of activities and opportunities for our members to build and foster community.  We’d like to keep the tradition alive!

This year, AWP raised the price of booth spaces (to $950).  Lambda Literary has graciously agreed to share a booth with us, but we need to help pay for the space.  We would also like to organize another mixer…  but we need your help!

Why does the Caucus want to purchase a booth?

For those who have been to the AWP conference before, you know that the bookfair is an important place to connect with writers, editors, publishers, and other writerly folks.  We recognize that not everyone will be able to attend the LGBTQ Caucus panel/meeting, and wanted to make sure that LGBTQ writers had a physical presence amidst the fray.

12143249_1531764940461613_8335086824006515547_nLast year, the booth…

  • acted as a physical space where LGBTQ writers interacted, socialized, networked, and learned from each other’s experiences
  • helped to Increase awareness of LGBTQ writers and our work
  • strengthened our Caucus by recruiting new members
  • Secured a listing for the LGBTQ Writers Caucus in the 2017 AWP Conference Planner
  • Allowed us to host book signing sessions with caucus members

Plus, we also had some fancy stickers because everyone loves a bit of SWAG, right!?  Please help us make the booth happen!

That makes sense, but tell me about this mixer thing?

Last year’s mixer brought together other writer groups  interested in promoting social justice.  Along with providing an opportunity for our members to socialize in a more informal space, it also helps people connect with LGBTQ allies and other like-minded folks.

If we can raise the funds, we’d like to work with the same partners:

  • the Lambda Literary Foundation, primarily known for holding the annual Lambda Literary Awards, which seek “to identify and celebrate the best of lesbian and gay books in the year of their publication.”
  • Canto Mundo, an organization dedicated to supporting and developing Latina/o poets & Poetry, and
  • Split this Rock, a group that “cultivates, teaches, and celebrates poetry that bears witness to injustice and provokes social change.”

The mixer costs each partner $500 bucks.  Please help us make this happen!

Okay, Okay, you’ve almost got me…But what’s in it for me?

12592604_1531764993794941_171954065604339797_nSheesh, you are a tough sell!  What’s in it for you?  Well, other than that warm, glowy feeling you might get from contributing to another LGBTQ cause, your donation can also secure you a time slot for a book signing!

For details, please visit the Official Fundraiser Page!

Finally, if you have any questions about the fundraiser or would like to reach us, please contact Tiff Ferentini at lgbtq.writers.caucus@gmail.com or use the Contact Us! Page here on the LGBTQ Writers Blog.

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