Young queer writers yearn for queer teachers for a variety of reasons: to be seen and acknowledged, to find role models, to work in spaces that include their voices. On this panel, queer writing teachers from UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program will read excerpts from their recent work, and then discuss how queerness factors into their teaching of both straight and queer students.

Author of the novels Letters to Montgomery Clift and the Los Angeles Timesbestseller Talking to the Moon (2007). Noel Alumit’s work has been published in USA Today, The Advocate, the Huffington Post and others and his awards include the Stonewall Book Award (American Library Association), the Violet Quill Award (InsightOut Books), and the James Duggins Mid-Career Prize. His work has made the finalist lists for the PEN Literary Award and the Lambda Literary Award.

MFA, author of the memoir Spent and senior editor of The Citron Review and Word Riot. Antonia Crane’s writing has appeared in The New York TimesPlayboy, CNN.com, Cosmopolitan MagazineThe RumpusSalon, and The Heroin Chronicles, among many others. She is a two-time winner of The Moth Slam, has appeared on This is Life with Lisa Ling and the WTF with Marc Maron podcast, and is a recipient of the San Francisco Film Society Kenneth Rainin Foundation filmmaking grant.

MFA, editor for Rare Bird Lit, Stillhouse Press, and individual clients who went on to publish at Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. Seth Fischer was a contributing editor at The Rumpus. His writing has appeared in Guernica, Best Sex Writing, and was listed as notable in The Best American Essays.

MFA, author of 6 chapbooks of poetry and 2 collections, including Nanopedia (2018). Charles Jensen's poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, New England Review, and Prairie Schooner. He received the 2018 Zócalo Poetry Prize and a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

MA, contributing editor for the anthology Modern Loss: Candid Conversations about Grief. Mathew Rodriguez is a staff writer at INTO, an LGBTQ digital magazine, as well as an essayist whose work has appeared in Slate, the Village Voice and Mic. He hosts a podcast, Slayerfest 98, about Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Event date: 
Friday, October 5, 2018 - 8:00pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
McSweeney's Issue 52: In Their Faces a Landmark: Stories of Movement and Displacement Cover Image
By Dave Eggers (Editor in Chief), Nyuol Lueth Tong (Guest Editor), Maria Kuznetsova (Contribution by)
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9781944211578
Published: McSweeney's - March 27th, 2018

Spent: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781942600862
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Rare Bird Books, a Barnacle Book - April 4th, 2017

Golden State 2017: The Best New Writing from California Cover Image
By Lisa Locascio (Editor)
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9781944853235
Published: Outpost19 - June 6th, 2017