Sarah Fonseca of Atlanta is currently finishing up her BA in Creative Writing at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Ga. and writing a memoir on being a queer Latina working in a Mexican restaurant. Recently, she was selected as the only person from Georgia to be a Lambda Literary Fellow.
Being named a Fellow is a dream come true for the 23-year old student and she hopes to raise enough money to make the trip to Los Angeles for the emerging writer’s retreat — or “queer writers boot camp” — and study under the likes of LGBT authors such as Dorothy Allison.
“On the last day the Lambda Literary Fellow application could be postmarked, I pawned my computer to make the fee. There was no afterthought: The Lambda Literary Emerging Writer’s Retreat is where I need to be. Had I not been accepted this year and the world remained intact after 2012, I would’ve applied next year, and the one after that,” she writes in a bio for the foundation.
Sarah Fonseca of Atlanta is currently finishing up her BA in Creative Writing at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Ga., writing a memoir on being a queer Latina working in a Mexican restaurant and was recently the only person from Georgia to be selected to be a Lambda Literary Fellow.
As part of the fellowship, Fonseca, 23, has the opportunity to attend an emerging writers' retreat in L.A. — but she readily admits she doesn't have the funds to make the trip. She's asking for donations from individuals willing to help her achieve a major goal. People can donate by visiting this link.
Elizabeth (E.R.) Anderson, program director for Charis Books & More, is heading to Los Angeles in August as part of the Lambda Literary Foundation's 2011 Class of Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices.
Anderson joins 41 other emerging writers from across the U.S. as well as Canada and Japan for the retreat that selects the best of new writers.