Lambda's Emerging LGBTQ Writers Reading Series: Mimi Tempestt, Jack Kaulfus, JET Toomer, & others

A 2021 WRITER’S RETREAT FELLOWS & WRITERS-IN-RESIDENCE READING featuring Mimi Tempestt, Jack Kaulfus, JET Toomer, Trystan Reese, Jubi Arriola-Headley, Doctora Xingona Diana Alvarez, Jaime Estepa, Dior Stephens, Katie Jean Shinkle, Dionne Richardson, Dale Corvino, & Elizabeth Evers

The Lambda Literary Writer’s Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices presents for the first time a week-long public Reading Series that celebrates the emerged and emerging queer, trans, and nonbinary Faculty, Fellows, and Writers-in-Residence to attend our 2021 virtual retreat. Join over 60 LGBTQIA+ writers as they perform excerpts of their literary art. Each Reading Series event includes ASL interpretation and is closed captioned. FREE.

The 2021 Lambda Literary Writer’s Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices Reading Series is sponsored by Books Are Magic.

Mimi Tempestt is a multidisciplinary artist, poet, & daughter of California. She has a MA in Literature from Mills College & is currently a doctoral student in the Creative/Critical PhD in Literature at UC Santa Cruz.

Jack Kaulfus is the author of the short story collection Tomorrow or Forever (Transgress Press, 2018). Their work has been published in A cappella Zoo, Heavy Feather Review, Barrelhouse, and more.

JET straddles multiple consciousnesses, piecing together prose & playwriting. A Columbia University MFA candidate, she experiments with Non-Fiction forms & capturing her humor on the page, JET’s from the LES of Manhattan

Trystan Reese (he/him) is an established thought leader, educator, and speaker, focusing on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. He is a professionally trained anti-racism facilitator and curriculum designer.

Jubi Arriola-Headley (he/they) is a Blacqueer poet and author of original kink: poems (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2020). Black Lives Matter. Trans Lives Matter. Stop Asian Hate. Art is Labor. Eat the Rich. Free Palestine.

An expansive multimedia artist and educator, Doctora Xingona’s music, poetry, performances, films, and gatherings center transcendence, kinship, and the co-liberation and nourishment of queer and trans artists of color.

Jaime Estepa (@_jaimest) is a queer, Filipino American spoken word artist, playwright, aspiring TV writer, and graduate of UC San Diego. He grew up on unceded Southern Paiute land (Las Vegas, NV).

Dior J. Stephens is a proud Midwestern (pisces) poet. He is the author of SCREAMS & lavender, 001, and CANNON!, all with Ghost City Press. He tweets at @dolphinneptune and Instagrams at @dolphinphotos. 

Katie Jean Shinkle (she/her) is the author of three novellas and six chapbooks, most recently Ruination (Spuyten Duyvil, 2018) and Will You Kiss Me Goodnight? (The Offending Adam, forthcoming).

Dionne Richardson is a researcher in Virginia. She’s published a short story called “Heart” in a literary magazine. She enjoys hiking and concocting herbal remedies in her kitchen. Her Instagram handle is _deerichardson_

Dale Corvino won the Gertrude Press Fiction contest for Worker Names. He’s written about Marilyn Monroe, kink, and Pedro Lemebel. “You’ve Got Male” appears in the Matt Keegan project 1996. He thrives in NYC. @dalecorvino

Elizabeth Evers (she/her, @EMEvers_writer)) is writer & nerd surviving in Atlanta, GA. She’s an aspiring superhero focused on writing sci-fic, fantasy & contemporary stories highlighting LGBT+ characters of color.