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.



Keynote Speaker - Lucy Jane Bledsoe


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.

Lucy loves teaching workshops, cooking, traveling anywhere, basketball, doing anything outside, and telling stories. She's traveled to Antarctica three times, as a two-time recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Artists & Writers in Antarctica Fellowship and once as a guest on the Russian ship, the Akademik Sergey Vavilov. She is one of a tiny handful of people who have stayed at all three American stations in Antarctica. She has also stayed in a number of field camps, both on the coast and in the Transantarctic mountains, where scientists are studying penguins, climate change, and the Big Bang.

For more information visit www.lucyjanebledsoe.com


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.

Despite having a B.A. in English and Religious Studies and an MFA in Writing, Rachel is better known as a nonbinary lesbian, all around geek and avid gamer. She teaches at the Loft Literary Center an annual class/game for teens called, “I’m Gaming as I Write This.” As a marketing strategist, Rachel has developed brand messages for small to large businesses across the U.S. and has won awards for her writing, ideas and “genius marketing.”

For more information visit: www.rachelgold.com.

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