April 19, 2010 – The Lambda Literary Foundation, the country’s leading national nonprofit organization for the LGBT literary community, announced that it has received a grant of $25,000 from Amazon.com. The grant will support the Writers’ Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices, to be held August 8th through August 15th, 2010 at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles.
Established in 2007 as the newest program of LLF, the Writers’ Retreat is the first of its kind ever offered to LGBT writers: a one-week intensive immersion in fiction, nonfiction or poetry taught by some of the gay community’s most talented and celebrated authors and instructors. Students of the Writers’ Retreat spend the week working on their manuscripts and attending lectures by publishing industry professionals. Writers’ Retreat Fellows have gone on to publish an impressive array of works.
It’s nice to see that Amazon is very gradually ceasing to be so
cheap frugal when it comes to corporate charity…it would be nice to see them start throwing more money around in the Puget Sound area, too. There are a lot of literary and arts programs that could use some financial help in these craptastic economic times…
In other local book news, Elliot Bay Books opened last week in its new Capitol Hill location…I’ve already been in there twice. It looks great; plenty of room to move around in, the hardwood floors have some creak to them and the skylights make everything light and airy. I will bitch a bit and say that their LGBT section is a bit on the small side but I give them points for putting the Queer book section and the Sexuality book section right next to the Religion section…I’m guessing someone at Elliot Bay has a sense of humor.