As part of the first annual Lambda LitFest Los Angeles, Otis College of Art and Design's MFA Writing program will host author Paul Lisicky for the Visiting Writers Series on March 8, 2017. Lisicky, author ofThe Narrow Door, Famous Builder, and The Burning House among others, will read new work beginning at 7:30pm in the college's Forum. Lambda LitFest is a celebration of contemporary voices honoring and expanding on the rich, diverse tradition of LGBTQ writers and readers in the Southland. Held in Los Angeles from March 6-12, 2017, the majority of LitFest programming is free and open to the public.
Opening with LitFest Saturday! on March 11 at Barnsdall Gallery Theatre in Hollywood with a full day of discussions, readings, and entertainment, the festival continues with a week of community readings and events in neighborhoods all over Los Angeles. Victor Yates ('14 MFA Writing) will host Literary Drag Race: All Stars Pop Up on March 12, which will feature author readings of new work, excerpts from banned books, and performers in various styles of drag. Yates' debut novel, A Love Like Blood, received the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Debut Fiction in 2016.
"The MFA Writing program at Otis College is excited to be collaborating with Lambda Literary," said Peter Gadol, Chair and Professor, Graduate Writing. "The mission of Lambda Literary to support LGBTQ writing aligns perfectly with the mission of the College to foster inclusion and diversity, and we are establishing what will become a meaningful on-going relationship."
In addition to LitFest, Lambda's 2017 Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices, the nation’s premier LGBTQ writers workshop and residency will be held at Otis College of Art and Design from August 5-12, 2017. Featuring authors such as Garth Greenwell, Malinda Lo, TC Tolbert, Diana Cage, and Phillip Howze, the retreat is one of Lambda’s most important initiatives, as it represents the future of LGBTQ literature.
For more on the Lambda LitFest and a full list of programming, visit lambdalitfest.org.