Los Angeles LGBT Center to Showcase Queer Women Writers Ages 50+ in "Still We Rise" at Lambda Litfest, Sept. 30 - Los Angeles LGBT Center

Los Angeles LGBT Center to Showcase Queer Women Writers Ages 50+ in "Still We Rise" at Lambda Litfest, Sept. 30

September 5, 2018
Contact: Gil Diaz

As part of the second annual Lambda Litfest—a monthlong celebration of LGBTQ writers and readers in Southern California—the Los Angeles LGBT Center presents Still We Rise: 50+ Queer Women Writers Speak featuring four lesbian and bisexual women writers who will read excerpts of their literary works. This free community event will be held on Sunday, September 30, at the West Hollywood Library from 1–3 p.m.

“Our talented trove of writers represents all spheres of the literary world, yet they share a commonality: they are unabashed to invoke and share stories of personal, political, and sexual triumphs and turmoil,” said Kiera Pollock, MSW, director of the Center’s Senior Services. “Join us for a Sunday afternoon of poetry and prose as we celebrate thriving queer women writers of the 50-plus community.”

Confirmed readers include:

• Los Angeles-based writer Ronna Magy grew up in post-World War II Michigan, where Detroit Bandstand played on the black-and-white and Sputnik roamed the skies. Magy’s poetry and short stories have appeared in Nasty Women Poets, Persimmon Tree, In the Questions, Trivia, Musewrite, Sinister Wisdom, Up, Do: Flash Fiction by Women Writers, Southern Women’s Review, and Lady Business: A Celebration of Lesbian Poetry. Magy has authored several English as a Second Language texts, including most recently, The Road to Work.

Louise Moore has been writing for over 20 years. She was hooked when the first poem she wrote was published by the wonderful Minnie Bruce Pratt. Her most recent reading was as a panel member celebrating Sinister Wisdom for the City of West Hollywood’s Lesbian Speakers Series.

Jen O’Connor’s poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have been published in Two Hawks Quarterly, Saved Objects, Imagine Magazine, Iris Brown Lit Mag, Medusa’s Laugh Press, Persimmon Tree, Impossible Archetype, London Journal of Fiction, and have been featured in many spoken word performances in Los Angeles. A playwright as well, her comedy The Girl Who Would Be King garnered Backstage and L.A. Weekly awards. Dressing Robbie Temple was a semifinalist in the Ashland New Plays Festival. Gayby’s Playdate, winner of the LGBT Festival in L.A., was produced around the country and in Seoul, South Korea.

• A Lambda Literary Fellow & QueerWise emeritus, Bonnilee Kaufman’s poetry has appeared in several publications, among them Ghosts of the Holocaust, Milk and Honey: A Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry, Bay Laurel, Conceptions Southwest, River’s Voices, Sinister Wisdom, The Brillantina Project, Selfish and forthcoming in Gyroscope Review.

“As an older woman who struggles daily with the notion of invisibility—and who still loves to dance even if everything aches the next day—it means everything to have the opportunity to showcase my work, my creativity, my lesbian breath,” said Kaufman.

Refreshments will be provided following the readings. Parking will be validated for up to three hours at the West Hollywood Library.

Still We Rise: 50+ Queer Women Writers Speak

As part of the second annual Lambda Litfest, the Los Angeles LGBT Center showcases lesbian and bi women writers—all over the age of 50—who will read selected excerpts of their poetry and prose.

Sunday, September 30

1–3 p.m.

West Hollywood Library
Community Meeting Room
625 N. San Vicente Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Refreshments and validated parking for up to three hours at the West Hollywood Library will be provided following the readings.


For more information and a full rundown of events, visit lambdalitfest.org/events/still-we-rise-50-queer-women-writers-speak-reading/.

For more information about the Center’s Senior Services, visit lalgbtcenter.org/seniors.

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