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A Pre-Lambda Awards Reading of Queer Nonfiction

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A Pre-Lambda Awards Reading of Queer Nonfiction
June 2, 2019 4:00 PM
June 2, 2019 5:30 PM
$10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
May 13, 2019
Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
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June 2 Pre Lammys copy


Join us for an afternoon reading of queer nonfiction before the Lambda Awards. Lesbian Memoir/Biography nominees Barrie Jean Borich (Apocalypse, Darling), Sandra Gail Lambert (A Certain Loneliness), and Zahra Patterson (Chronology) will read from their newly published books, and LGBTQ Nonfiction nominee Ria Brodell will present from their art book, Butch Heroes.


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Barrie Jean Borich












Barrie Jean Borich is author of Apocalypse, Darling which PopMatters said “… soars and seems to live as a new form altogether. It’s poetry, a meditation on life as ‘the other,’ creative non-fiction, and abstract art.” Her memoir Body Geographic won a Lambda Literary Award and her book-length essay, My Lesbian Husband won the Stonewall Book Award. Borich teaches at DePaul University where she edits Slag Glass City, a journal of the urban essay arts.






















Ria Brodell is a non-binary trans artist, educator and author based in Boston. Their work addresses issues of gender identity, sexuality, religion and contemporary culture. Brodell attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. Brodell has had solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, is a Lambda Literary Award Finalist, a recipient of an Artadia Award, a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship and an SMFA Traveling Fellowship. Their work has appeared in the Guardian, ARTNews, The Boston Globe, the CUT and New American Paintings, among other publications. Brodell’s book, Butch Heroes, was released in 2018 via MIT Press.



Photo Credit- Adrianne Mathiowetz

Photo Credit- Adrianne Mathiowetz



























Sandra Gail Lambert is the author of the Lammy-nominated memoir A Certain Loneliness and a novel, The River’s Memory. She has upcoming work in The New York Times and has been published in The Paris Review, The Southern Review, Brevity, and LitHub. Lambert is the co-editor of the anthology Older Queer Voices: The Intimacy of Survival.












Zahra Patterson is a writer and educator. She is the author of Chronology (Ugly Duckling Presse 2018), which has been listed as a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. Her short pieces have been published in The Felt, Kalyani Magazine, and unbag (forthcoming). Her work includes the creation of Raw Fiction, a one-time (twice-done) youth literary arts project. She holds an MFA in Writing from Pratt Institute.