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ALL PRIDE, NO PREJUDICE! A Literary LGBTQ+ Celebration

Thursday, 6:00 pm EDT June 13, 2024

The Center for Fiction
& Livestreamed

This Pride Month, The Center for Fiction is back with our annual celebration of LGBTQ+ literature. Amidst increased book bans and censorship, we’re giving you the school book fair you always wished for, championing queer stories and LGBTQ+ authors.

Enjoy some special drinks and hear lively readings from a whole gaggle of amazing LGBTQ+ writers, including Christina Cooke (Broughtupsy), Serkan Gorkemli (Sweet Tooth and Other Stories), Thomas Grattan (In Tongues), Griffin Hansbury (Some Strange Music Draws Me In), Khashayar J. Khabushani (I Will Greet the Sun Again), Myriam Lacroix (How It Works Out), Daniel Lefferts (Ways and Means), Roya Marsh (dayliGht), Joseph Osmundson(Grandview), Lucy Sante (I Heard Her Call My Name), Eric Schnall (I Make Envy on Your Disco), and Michael Waters (The Other Olympians). Hosting this special event are Amelia Possanza, author of Lesbian Love Story, and Denne Michelle Norris, editor-in-chief of Electric Literature. Join us for music, conversation, and of course, books.

It’s sure to be a night of all-out fun, celebrating the defiant power of LGBTQ+ literature!

Doors will open at 5:45. 

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    Christina Cooke

    Christina Cooke

    Christina Cooke’s writing has previously appeared in the Caribbean Writer, Prairie Schooner, PRISM International, Epiphany: A Literary Journal, and elsewhere. A MacDowell Fellow, Journey Prize winner, and Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award winner, she holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of New Brunswick and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Born in Jamaica, Christina is now a Canadian citizen who lives and writes in New York City.


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    Serkan Gorkemli

    Serkan Gorkemli

    Serkan Görkemli (he/him) is the author of Sweet Tooth and Other Stories (University Press of Kentucky, 2024) and Grassroots Literacies: Lesbian and Gay Activism and the Internet in Turkey (SUNY Press, 2014; winner of 2015 Conference on College Composition and Communication’s Lavender Rhetorics Book Award). His short fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, the Iowa Review, Epiphany, X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine, Joyland, Foglifter, and Chelsea Station. He is a 2023-24 faculty fellow at the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute and was a contributor in fiction at the 2019 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and a fiction fellow at the 2018 Lambda Literary Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices. Originally from Turkey, he is an associate professor of English at the University of Connecticut. He has a PhD in English from Purdue University and lives in New York with his spouse Jeremy and their beloved feline companion Leonardo.

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    Thomas Grattan

    Thomas Grattan

    Thomas Grattan is the author of the novel The Recent East, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, longlisted for the 2021 PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel, and named a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. His writing has appeared in several publications, including the New York Times Book Review, One Story, Slice, and the Colorado Review. He has an MFA in Fiction Writing from Brooklyn College and has taught middle school English for more than a decade. He lives in upstate New York.


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    Griffin Hansbury

    Griffin Hansbury

    Griffin Hansbury is the author of Vanishing New York and Feral City (as Jeremiah Moss). A Pushcart Prize winner and Lambda Literary Award finalist, his writing has appeared in several publications, including n+1, the New York Times, and the New Yorker and Paris Review online. A trailblazer in the field of psychoanalysis, he was the first analyst to practice and publish as openly transgender. He lives in Manhattan.

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    Khashayar J. Khabushani

    Khashayar J. Khabushani

    Khashayar J. Khabushani was born in Van Nuys, California, in 1992. During his childhood he spent time in Iran before returning to Los Angeles. He studied philosophy at California State University, Northridge, and prior to completing his MFA at Columbia University, he worked as a middle school teacher. This is his first novel.


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    Myriam Lacroix

    Myriam Lacroix

    Myriam Lacroix was born in Montreal to a Québécois mother and a Moroccan father, and currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has a BFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia and an MFA from Syracuse University, where she was editor in chief of Salt Hill Journal and received the New York Public Humanities Fellowship for creating Out-Front, an LGBTQ+ writing group whose goal was to expand the possibilities of queer writing.

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    Daniel Lefferts

    Daniel Lefferts

    Daniel Lefferts was born in upstate New York. He holds an MFA from Columbia University and has taught writing at Columbia and Rutgers. Ways and Means is his first novel.


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    Roya Marsh

    Roya Marsh

    Bronx, New York native, Roya Marsh is a poet, performer, educator and activist. She is the author of dayliGht, a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Poetry and the forthcoming Savings Time (MCDxFSG). Roya works feverishly toward Queer liberation and dismantling white supremacy. She is the co-founder of the Bronx Poet Laureate, a PEN America Emerging Voices Mentor, Lambda Literary faculty and the awardee of the Lotos Foundation Prize for poetry.

    Roya’s work has been featured in numerous places including, the Academy of American Poets, Poetry magazine, the Village Voice, Nylon magazine, Huffington Post, the Root, Button Poetry, BAM, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Apollo Theater, Lexus Verses and Flow, On One with Angela Rye, BET, and The BreakBeat Poets Vol 2: Black Girl Magic (Haymarket 2018).

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    Joseph Osmundson

    Joseph Osmundson

    Joseph Osmundson is a scientist and writer.


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    Lucy Sante

    Lucy Sante

    Lucy Sante is the author of Low Life, Evidence, The Factory of Facts, Kill All Your Darlings, Folk Photography, The Other Paris, Maybe the People Would Be the Times, and Nineteen Reservoirs. Her awards include a Whiting Writers Award, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Grammy Award (for album notes), an Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography, and Guggenheim and Cullman Center fellowships. She recently retired after twenty-four years teaching at Bard College.


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    Eric Schnall

    Eric Schnall

    Eric has worked on and off Broadway as a producer and marketing director for more than twenty-five years. He won a Tony Award for the Broadway revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and a Lucille Lortel Award for Fleabag. He has also written about techno and electronic music for Billboard and Revolution, profiling DJs and musicians from around the world. Eric lives in New York City with his partner and his dog. I MAKE ENVY ON YOUR DISCO—winner of the Barbara DiBernard Prize in Fiction—is his first novel.


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    Michael Waters

    Michael Waters

    Michael Waters has written for the New Yorker, the Atlantic, the New York Times, WIRED, Slate, Vox, and elsewhere. He was the 2021-22 New York Public Library Martin Duberman Visiting Scholar in LGBTQ studies and lives in Brooklyn.


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    Amelia Possanza

    Amelia Possanza

    Amelia Possanza is a full-time book publicist and part-time writer. Her debut book Lesbian Love Story: A Memoir in Archives came out in 2023 from Catapult in the U.S. and Square Peg in the U.K. and was named a Best Book of 2023 by NPR, Shelf Awareness, and Publishers Weekly. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, BuzzFeed, LitHub, Electric Literature, the Millions, and NPR’s Invisibilia.


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    Denne Michelle Norris

    Denne Michelle Norris

    Denne Michele Norris is the editor-in-chief of Electric Literature, winner of the 2022 Whiting Literary Magazine Prize. She is the first Black, openly trans woman to helm a major literary publication. A 2021 Out100 Honoree, her writing has been supported by MacDowell, Tin House, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction, and appears in McSweeney’s, American Short Fiction, and ZORA. She is co-host of the critically-acclaimed podcast Food 4 Thot, and her debut novel, When The Harvest Comes, is forthcoming from Random House.