|2018 Conference Speakers|
Keynote and Special Speakers
Please join us in Las Vegas, NV next July as we welcome our invited speakers - Lucy Jane Bledsoe and Rachel Gold.
Lucy Jane Bledsoe's new novel, A Thin Bright Line, was just released. She's the author of a collection of short stories, a collection of narrative nonfiction, and four novels, including The Big Bang Symphony. Her recent short story, "The We of Me," published in The Rumpus, was chosen by Ploughshares Magazine as the best story published in lit mags that week.
Her fiction has won a Yaddo Fellowship, the 2013 Saturday Evening Post Fiction Award, the Arts & Letters Fiction Prize, the Sherwood Anderson Prize for Fiction, a Pushcart nomination, a California Arts Council Fellowship, an American Library Association Stonewall Award, and two National Science Foundation Artists & Writers Fellowships. Her stories have been translated into Japanese, Spanish, German, Dutch, and Chinese.
Special Speaker - Rachel Gold
Rachel Gold is the award-winning author of queer and trans young adult novels—including Being Emily, the first young adult novel to tell the story of a trans girl from her perspective. Rachel’s latest novel, Nico & Tucker, is about love, nonbinary lives, healing and knowing who you really are.