Celebrating the 2019 Lambda Literary Awards Fiction Finalists

Friday May 31, 2019
07:00 pm

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Join us for a reading with 2019 Lambda Literary Awards fiction finalists, David Jackson Ambrose, Katrina, Carrasco, Nona Caspers, Jennifer Natalya Fink, and Emily Strelow.


For over 30 years, the Lambda Literary Awards (the “Lammys”) have identified and honored the best lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender books. This year’s Lambda Literary Award finalists were selected by a panel of over 60 literary professionals who spent countless hours reading a record number of submissions from over 300 publishers.

David Jackson Ambrose has a B.A. in Africana Studies from The University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in Writing Studies from Saint Joseph’s University, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Temple University. David has worked for over two decades in human services. His short piece exploring the intersections of race, prejudice and caretaking, “There’s a Nigger in the House,” was selected for honorable mention by AWP Intro Journals Project Writer’s Chronicle (2016). He presented to the National Conference for Teachers of English: “Engaging the Marginalized Student” (2015). David lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is working on his second novel.

Katrina Carrasco's short stories and nonfiction have appeared in Witness, Post Road, Literary Hub, and elsewhere. She is grateful for the support of Yaddo, Blue Mountain Center, Jentel, and other residencies. In 2017 Katrina received a Grants for Artist Projects award from Artist Trust. The Best Bad Things, published November 2018 by MCD/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, is her first novel.

Nona Caspers' new book The Fifth Woman, a Novel in Stories was selected by Stacy D’erasmo for the Mary McCarthy award. Her work has been supported by a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a San Francisco Arts Commission Cultural Equity Grant, Barbara Deming Memorial Grant and Award, a LAMBDA Literary Award nomination, and the Joseph Henry Jackson Literary Award. Stories have appeared in numerous literary reviews, including Kenyon Review, Glimmer Train, Cimmaron Review, Black Warrior, Ontario Review, and The Sun. She is a professor of creative writing at San Francisco State University and lives in San Francisco.

Jennifer Natalya Fink won the Catherine Doctorow Prize for Innovative Fiction in 2017 for Bhopal Dance; she is a professor at Georgetown University and the author of five other books. She founded The Gorilla Press, a nonprofit aimed at promoting literacy through bookmaking.

Emily Strelow is a Lambda Literary Award, Foreword Indies, and Bisexual Book Award finalist for her debut novel The Wild Birds. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Washington in Seattle, and has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science. She was born and raised in Oregon’s Willamette Valley but has lived all over the West. For the last decade she combined teaching writing with doing seasonal avian field biology. While doing field jobs she camped and wrote in remote areas in the desert, mountains and by the ocean. She is a mother to two boys, a naturalist, birder, and writer.