Lambda Lit Fest 2019

WCCW is happy to host this year’s Lambda Lit Fest! This week-long literary festival will take place September 21 – 28, 2019 at venues all around Los Angeles. Check out these queer lit events at WCCW:

How Do You Dyke? 
Monday, Sept. 23, 8-10pm
Presented by Kamala Puligandla
at the Women’s Center for Creative Work

In a time when queer culture is super-commodified, let’s celebrate all the real ways that dykes live, in our greatest glory and our other feelings too. Through writing and performance, we’ll define what our own cultures look like, feel like, the textures and colors—because while they may contain flannel, processing and multiple orgasms, there’s incredible variety in the depth and richness of our communities and how we dyke. Everyone needs to see more of it. Though a series of readings and performances, this event will explore how people of various genders have come to their dyke identity, what it means to them, and most importantly, how we dyke. 

Featuring work by B.A. Williams, Jasmine Nyende, Phoebe Unter, Caitlin Abadir-Mullally, & Kamala Puligandla. 

Queer Diasporic Kinship: Building and Bridging Hope
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 8-10pm
Presented by Angela Peñaredondo
at the Women’s Center for Creative Work

As queer migrants or queer children of migrants, we share a deeper, more complex connective language that outstretches, tugs at the heart between body and land. Our language can be felt as division and severance as well as assimilation or reclamation. We understand connections to land and body have shared languages and are intrinsically connected. How can we continue to form kinship through both queer and diasporic identities? This literary reading (with Q&A), aims to continue the work of centering multiple communities in struggle and in solidarity with one another. 

Featuring work by Edxie Betts, Kay Ulanday Barrett, Tala Oliver Mateo, Angela Peñaredondo & Addie Tsai.

Writing To Yourself: Intuition & Conversation in Poetics
Friday, September 27, 6-10pm
Presented by Kenning Jean-Paul Garcia
at the Women’s Center for Creative Work

How does intuitive writing become an avenue for chronicling / conversing with memory? How do we console ourselves and continue to move, even if we can never truly move on? When we ask these questions, how can we answer to ourselves? Panelists will engage with the challenges of intuitive writing—a process in which writers follow gut instincts that may disrupt ones conception of time, narrative, and memory—and the contradictions that emerge during such inquiries: conscious and instinctual, parallel and divergent, concentrated and diffused. We will discuss the genres, modes, and theories that inform their intuitive writing process and also reflect on the personal/political work of the writers who influence their ongoing explorations of memory and intuition in writing. 

The panel includes Isobel O’Hare, Stephanie Kaylor, Jacq Greyja & Annelyse Gelman.  

Lambda Lit Fest celebrates queer emotion through dozens of community-curated readings, performances and events in neighborhoods across Los Angeles. All events are free and open to the public.

Accessibility information for this event: WCCW has a 36” wide ramp at our front entrance and a stairway with 8 steps and a rail. There are 2 gender neutral restrooms. One restroom is wheelchair accessible, with a handrail. We provide scent free soaps and encourage guests to attend our events scent free. If you require ASL interpretation, CART, interpretation for a language other than English, supervised childcare, or have any other access needs or questions, please contact [email protected] at least two weeks in advance. It is our practice to do everything we can to create a safe and accessible space.