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GCLS Names 2018 Trailblazer

Monday, April 30, 2018  

For Immediate Release

Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS) Names 2018 Trailblazer Award Recipient

Contact: Sallyanne Monti, PR & Marketing Manager,                    

Date: April 30, 2018

The Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS), the leading lesbian literary organization, names Dorothy Allison the 2018 Trailblazer Award Recipient.

Dorothy Allison was born in Greenville, South Carolina and makes her home in Northern California, with her partner Alix, and their son, Wolf. She is the author of Bastard Out of Carolina (Reed, 1993; Plume, 2012) a finalist for the 1992 National Book Award, and Cavedweller (Dutton, 1998) a national bestseller and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, as well as the memoir Two or Three Things I Know for Sure (Dutton, 1995), and the poetry chapbook The Women Who Hate Me (1990). She has a collection of short fiction, Trash, published in two editions—from Firebrand in 1989 and an expanded edition from Penguin, 2003. In addition, she has a book of essays, Skin: Talking About Sex, Class and Literature (Firebrand, 1995). She tells people she never expected to live so long or get so much work done but knows that there is far more she could be doing—and intends to get around to it all eventually. A novel, She Who, is forthcoming from Viking Penguin. In 1995, Bastard Out of Carolina was adapted into a movie starring Jena Malone and Jennifer Jason Leigh, and directed by Anjelica Huston.

Among her many honors are three Lambda Literary Awards, various keynote speaking engagements including the 11th Annual GCLS Conference, multiple fellowships and residencies, and other prestigious literary awards. In April 2016, Allison was inducted into South Carolina Academy of Authors. Having taught at some of the most prestigious universities in the country, Allison continues to be a sought-after lecturer and teacher.

Dorothy Allison and her fellow Goldie Award winners will be honored at our Fourteenth Annual Literary Conference, culminating in our Awards Ceremony on July 7, 2018, at Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Please visit our website ( for more information about the organization and the Annual Conference.

The Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS), a 501(c)3 non-profit founded in 2004, is the leading lesbian literary organization bringing authors, readers and publishers together while creating a diverse and inclusive community. Our mission is the education, promotion, and recognition of lesbian literature. Our goals are to provide educational programs and learning opportunities to new and established authors in developing their craft, to promote lesbian literature regionally, nationally and internationally, and to recognize quality lesbian writing at our annual GCLS conference and closing awards ceremony known as The Goldies. GCLS is a growing, all-volunteer organization whose Board of Directors and members provide a wide-range of in-house expertise. We are continually searching for those interested in helping the GCLS grow and prosper. Please address all inquiries to Sallyanne Monti, PR & Marketing Manager,

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