LGBT Publishing Panel & Workshop @ Ruskin

March 7— 9:30-4 pm Breakfast, Lunch, Panel Discussion & Workshop!

800 S Plymouth Blvd LA 90005

1 block s of Wilshire/3blocks w of Crenshaw

310-936-7484 Elena Karina Byrne, Literary Programs Director


$95 Full Day (Breakfast & Lunch included)  $45 Audit (Breakfast & Morning session till 12:30 only)

LGBT Publishing Panel. A frank, thorough discussion of the literary landscape for LGBT authors and books with LGBT content, including submission opportunities with journals, reviews, and publishers, as well as information about other support organizations, retreats, and resources. Issues covered will include some pitfalls to avoid when openly publishing as an LGBT author, such as how to publicize yourself as such without having your book limited (and sometimes ghettoized) to one section of the bookstore. We will, as time permits, also talk about contemporary LGBT authors, as well as open up to more personal matters, such as what it means to write LGBT subject matter, and what, if any, responsibilities one may have when doing so. Panelists include Eloise Klein Healy, Editor of Arktoi Press; Charles Flowers, Executive Director of the Lambda Literary Foundation; Nickole Brown, poet and Marketing Director at Sarabande Books; and Ching-In Chen, poet and political activist.

An afternoon poetry workshop will follow with Eloise Klein Healy and Nickole Brown. We’ll be concentrating on issues of craft and the creative process in an open and safe environment. Come prepared with two poems to share with the group.

Bios (in alphabetical order):

Nickole Brown’s books include Sister: Poems (Red Hen, September 2007) and the anthology, Air Fare (co-edited with Judith Taylor). She graduated from Vermont College and was the editorial assistant for the late Hunter S. Thompson. Her work has been featured in The Writer’s Chronicle, Poets & Writers, 32 Poems, Chautauqua Literary JournalDiagram Magazine, Another Chicago Magazine, and the anthology PP / FF. She has received grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Kentucky Arts Council. She has worked at Sarabande Books in Louisville, Kentucky, for nine years.

Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart’s Traffic (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press). Daughter of Chinese immigrants and a Kundiman Fellow, Ching-In has worked in the Asian American communities of San Francisco, Oakland, and Boston, and helped organize the third national Asian Pacific American Spoken Word and Poetry Summit in Boston. Her work has been recently published in Tea Party, Fifth Wednesday JournalOCHOIron Horse Literary Review, and Water~Stone Review. Ching-In’s poem-film, We Will Not Be Moved!: A Story of Oakland Chinatown, was screened as part of the 2004 National Queer Arts Festival. Ching-In is the co-editor of the zine, The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Partner Abuse in Activist Communities, and is currently co-editing an anthology on militarism, gender and war from the perspectives of girls, women, and non-gender-conforming people of color.

A fifteen year-plus veteran of publishing and arts administration, Charles Flowers has served as the co-chair of the Publishing Triangle, the association of lesbians and gay men in publishing, and from 2001 to 2005, he was Associate Director of the Academy of American Poets. He is the co-author of Golden Men: The Power of Gay Midlife (with Harold Kooden, Ph.D.), and his poems have appeared in Gulf Coast, Barrow Street, Indiana Review, and Puerto del Sol. Flowers is also the founding editor of BLOOM, a journal for lesbian and gay writing that Edmund White has called “the most exciting new queer literary publication to emerge in years” (

Eloise Klein Healy is the author of six books of poetry and three spoken word recordings. She was the founding chair of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Antioch University Los Angeles where she is Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing Emerita. Healy directed the Women’s Studies Program at California State University Northridge and taught in the Feminist Studio Workshop at The Woman’s Building in Los Angeles. She is Poet-in-Residence at the Idyllwild Summer Poetry Festival, the co-founder of ECO-ARTS, an eco-tourism/arts venture, and founding editor of ARKTOI BOOKS, an imprint of Red Hen Press specializing in the work of lesbian authors. Her latest collection of poems is The Islands Project: Poems For Sappho.

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