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Cruises: A Personal Account
Call for Submissions
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Lambda Literary Foundation Announces Inaugural
LGBTQ Writers Retreat August 5-12, 2007
LOS ANGELES, CA—Lambda Literary Foundation
is launching the first program of its kind ever offered to LGBTQ
writers: a one-week intensive immersion in fiction, nonfiction, or
poetry. An unparalleled opportunity to learn from the very best writers
in the LGBTQ community, the Lambda Literary Foundation Writers Retreat
is open to emerging LGBTQ writers of any age.
"Our intent is to take talented emerging writers out of isolation
and help them learn their craft and connect them with the tangible
world of publishing," said Katherine V. Forrest, president of
the Lambda Literary Foundation, who will serve as faculty on the
retreat. "Our generation of writers, through this Retreat, can
give emerging LGBT writers what none of us (or at least very few)
ever had: mentors and a peer group. For one intensive week we can
provide them with the hardest element for any emerging writer to
find, credible, detailed feedback for their work."
The Writers Retreat will take place August 5 -12, 2007, in Los Angeles
at the Conference Center at the University of Judaism. Other faculty
include Dorothy Allison, Fenton Johnson, and Eloise Klein Healy.
Other writers, including Michael Nava, John Rechy, and Bernard Cooper,
will give readings or lectures.
To insure the quality of the Lambda Literary Foundation Writers
Retreat, applicants will be screened. Space is limited to 21 students.
Applications and scholarship requests should be postmarked by April
15, 2007. For more information, visit Writers
Retreat for an Application.
Any questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
New Book Reviews featuring authors
Verda Foster, Jacqueline Wallen, Kim Baldwin, and Radclyffe
Crackerjack reviewer, Arlene
Germain, sent us reviews of three great new books, providing in-depth looks at
some great reading. The latest featured titles are The
Gift by Verda Foster, Sudden Loss
of Serenity by Jacqueline
Wallen, and Hunter's Pursuit by newcomer Kim Baldwin.
We little folk at OutLook also contributed a review of the latest Provincetown
Tales installment: Distant Shores, Silent
Thunder by Radclyffe. What
are you waiting for? Get to reading! Click here to read the
Cruises: A Personal Account
What would you say if I told you I found "Lesbian
Utopia?" No, it’s not a joke and I have
photographs to prove it!
Picture this: white sands, crystal blue water,
brilliant sunshine, a very large boat, and 1,500 lesbians! It doesn’t
get much better than that.
At the end of January, my spouse and I
celebrated our fifth anniversary. She appeared at work one rainy
Friday morning in a white limousine and whisked me off to the
airport to catch a flight to Florida, where we were to board
a cruise ship for a four-day Caribbean cruise. "What
a woman!" you’re
thinking, and you’re right, but there’s more!
We were just two of 1,500 other women boarding the ship,
and all 1,500 were gay! We were venturing out on the high
seas on our first Olivia cruise... Click
here to read the entire article.
Writers! New Publishers Added: Call for Submissions
Alice Street Editions (publisher
of Alex Marcoux, featured here on OutLook) is looking for lesbian
novels and nonfiction books; erotica, science fiction OK. Published
by Haworth Press. Editor-in-chief
Judith P. Stelboum,
11 Cambridge Court East, Old Saybrook, CT 06475.
Bella Books is expanding! Bella seeks full-length
lesbian romance and mysteries. Please query first to: Bella
P.O. Box 10543, Tallahassee, FL 32302. Include a one-page synopsis
of the plot with your query letter; do not include the full manuscript.
Blithe House Quarterly, the leading online journal
of lesbian and gay literary fiction, is pleased to open submissions
for its 2005 issues. Stories must be previously unpublished, fictional
(as opposed to memoir), and usually 2,500 to 7,500 words in length.
We recommend reading stories in recent issues. For guidelines on
submission, see www.blithe.com.
If you have further questions after reading the site's submission
guidelines and “Frequently Asked Questions,” please
direct them to
Bold Strokes Books (publisher
of Radclyffe and Kim
Baldwin, featured here on OutLook) is
soliciting manuscripts for full-length lesbian fiction of all genres,
including erotica, with a preferred word limit of 55,000 to 110,000
words. General Submission Guidelines:
submissions only using Microsoft Word. Please include a cover
letter containing: A one page synopsis of the plot including
title and word count; a short author’s bio including
name, address, email, phone, website, and previous publications.
For more information, visit Bold
Strokes Books on the Web to check out their General
Firebrand Books is looking for lesbian literary
fiction and nonfiction manuscripts. Please send query letter first
to Firebrand Books, c/o Karen Oosterhous, 2232 S. Main St., #272,
Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Deadline: Open.
New publication, biMagazine, published online
seeks fiction and poetry. Work should deal substantively and creatively
with bisexuality or bi-eroticism. Poetry may be in any form or
style (102 page limit per poem); fiction may be in the form of
flash fiction or short stories no more than twenty pages long.
For more info, contact
fiction and poetry editor.
HLFQ (Harrington Lesbian
Fiction Quarterly) is looking for poetry, fiction, art
for ongoing publication. Info: Editor Judith P. Stelboum,
11 Cambridge Court East, Old Saybrook, CT 06475.
"Out in the World" is
a new gay and lesbian travel literary series begun by Haworth Press.
Proposals for books can range from the erotic to the literary to
the academic and can be anthologies or the work of one author.
Proposals should be clearly presented, with a synopsis, marketing
outline and a CV of previous works and a bio. For more information,
or questions on presenting a proposal, contact
editor of the series.
Lodestar Quarterly, an online journal of gay,
lesbian and queer literature is currently considering fiction,
poetry, drama, and essays that address either queer culture or
current American politics. Submission guidelines can be found at www.lodestarquarterly.com/submit.
Gyrlz Quarterly seeks original, unpublished poetry, short
fiction, flash/micro fiction, text/art multimedia pieces and the
texts from short performances. Visit www.2gyrlz.org for
more information, or
email for more information.
ibodi.com seeks erotic fiction and poetry, preferably under 2,000
words, to be published on their website. Include a cover letter indicating
your publishing history. For more information, visit: http://www.ibodi.com/i/s/index.html.
Please send submissions as an attachment or in the body of an email
Jerome Green, 108
East 9th St., Indianapolis, IN, 46202.
Connor Hawthorne Mystery Series by Lauren Maddison
One of our absolute favorite authors is Lauren
Maddison, creator of the Connor Hawthorne mystery series.
This series, while indeed a true mystery series, also delves
into the supernatural and mystical. Maddison's main character
is Connor Hawthorne, former district attorney turned best-selling
mystery novelist. Connor is surrounded by a bevy
of well-rounded, eccentric characters, from her powerful
and mysterious father who operates officially under a presidential
advisor title, and Laura Nez, the Native American woman
hired to protect her, to best buddy, D.C. cop Malcolm Jefferson,
and her mystical and enchanting Grandmother who just happens
to have gifts Connor can only imagine. One thing we love
about Maddison's books is that they are fairly robust in
length, which makes for an enjoyable read that lasts awhile.
Many people tend to shy away from books that dabble in
the mystical or supernatural, but Maddison doesn't take
it so far "out there" that you're left scratching your
head. She weaves a tightly woven tale that combines the
two genres seamlessly and leaves you wanting more. Here's
a quick synopsis of three in the series:
Witchfire: No one knows what
the grave robbers were looking for when they violated the grave of
Connor Hawthorne's recently deceased grandmother, Gwendolyn. Whatever
it was, they didn't find it, but they died trying. Two corpses and
a casket full of stones are all that Connor has to go on as she leaves
her home in Santa Fe,N.M. for Glastonbury, England, with Laura Nez,
the courageous Navajo guide who saved her life in the high desert
of New Mexico at the end of Deceptions, the first Connor Hawthorne
Mystery. But Connor, an ex-district attorney turned crime novelist
who is no stranger to mystery and danger, is scant prepared for the
family secrets that come tumbling out of the past and threaten to
engulf not only her, but everyone she loves. From modern England
to the mists of ancient Avalon, Witchfire weaves a thoroughly contemporary
tale of murder and danger tied to an ancient and powerful secret.
As she did in Deceptions, Lauren Maddison once again blends thriller
fiction with mythology and lets it build to a heart-pounding conclusion.
Connor Hawthorne will face her ultimate enemy, and the outcome will
require more than gunplay.
Epitaph for an Angel: Connor
Hawthorne and Laura Nez travel to Boston to attend the funeral of
Catherine Pettigrew, the mother of Connor's college friend and former
lover, Grace. Before the funeral, Grace reveals to Connor that she
is troubled over the manner of her mother's death, and Grace's concern
is made graver by the sudden appearance of a sibling she never knew
she had. Even worse, the mysterious -sibling appears to have inherited
the lion's share of Catherine's sizable estate. Connor's attention,
however, is diverted by the presence of her own mother, Amanda, with
whom Connor has not spoken in years. Matters take a horrifying turn
when the limousine carrying Amanda and Grace's aunt, Florence Earnhardt,
is forced off the Fore River Bridge and plunges into the water, killing
all the occupants. Joining forces to investigate the deaths of Catherine,
Florence, and Amanda is the stalwart cast from the previous Connor
Hawthorne mysteries, including Connor's father, Benjamin; FBI agent
Ayalla Franklin; and Washington, D.C., police captain Malcolm Jefferson.
Their investigation uncovers a Pettigrew family conspiracy dating
from 17th-century America through Hitler's Third Reich into present
day. What is the nature of the special gift of the Pettigrew family,
and will Grace use it for good or for evil?
The Eleventh Hour: Connor Hawthorne
and her lover, Laura Nez, are enjoying a quiet weekend at a women's
resort in Palm Springs, but a poolside conversation soon has them
neck-deep in a mystery with global ramifications. Soon, they are
in England investigating a healer named Sister Sonia, who is toying
with forces about which she has little understanding, which could
have disastrous consequences. Then Connor's daughter, Katy, against
her mother's wishes, goes undercover to investigate Sister Sonia
Lauren Maddison is the author of four previous
Connor Hawthorne mysteries: Deceptions, Witchfire, Death by Prophecy, and Epitaph
for an Angel. She makes her home in Southern California.
Gets Serious About Love in the Lambda Book Report
Our favorite romance author, Radclyffe,
is featured on the cover of this month's Lambda
Book Report. In an interview with Lisa C. Moore, Radclyffe talks
about life, love, what it means to "be different" and how
she finds time for it all: as a surgeon, a writer, and a partner.
An accomplished author, with over 18 titles under her belt, Radclyffe
has also taken on a new venture as the founder of Bold
Strokes Books, a brand new lesbian publishing house. Click
here to read the entire article. We
also just finished "Distant
Shores, Silent Thunder" by Radclyffe and
loved it! Review to come shortly.
Artist: Dyana Jean
We are featuring a fantastic new artist in our Gallery
this month and she's a Philly girl, ladies! Dyana Jean, an artist,
poet, and photographer, from Philadelphia has caught our eye and
we want to share her with the world. Click
here to see just a glimpse of the beautiful art she creates in
word and picture. We also have
an upcoming interview with Dyana Jean, so don't forget to come
back and read about what moves and motivates her to create the
art she does. Also, visit her personal Web
site and let her know what you think! Artists love feedback.
Night is Falling Movie Review
One of my absolute favorite movies, When Night Is Falling, is
this week's movie review. Directed by Patricia Rozema and starring
Pascale Bussieres and Rachael Crawford, When
Night is Falling tells
the unlikely love story of Petra, a circus performer and
Camille, a professor at a Christian college. Daring and provocative,
this movie is filled full of revelations as each character finds
questions within herself that she never knew existed. Arlene Germain
gives a detailed and succinct review of When
Night is Falling. Click
here to read it.
Sports Radio News—All Women, All The Time!
Finally! A place for the ladies who love sports! CHIC
Sports Radio has launched a brand new Web site and is dishing
up all the latest news you can imagine in the world of women's
sports. CHIC Sports Radio is the only program on the airwaves
devoted entirely to women's sports. Click
here to read all about it!
Fighting Hotties Out to Save The World! DVD coming June 7!
by the U.S. government for their unique ability to lie, cheat
and fight, Amy, Max, Janet and Dominique join an underground
academy of secret agents known only as D.E.B.S. These crime
fighting hotties set out to save the world and keep their lipstick
perfectly applied while doing so. Now the girls must combine
their skills for their most important mission—to capture
vexing vixen Lucy Diamond, the deadliest criminal the world
has ever known. When D.E.B.S. star player, Amy, falls for Lucy,
chaos erupts and the D.E.B.S. loyalty is put to the test. Opened
in theaters March 25, 2005. For more information, visit the
movie Web site. [Editor's note: The D.E.B.S. movie
site is heavy on Flash elements, so if you do not have a high-speed
connection, expect to wait a bit for everything to run and
load. To pre-order, click on image at right and it will take
you to the Wolfe Video site for pre-ordering.]
Mystery Announcement from Bella Books
Agent Samantha Skellar and her partner Robert Munroe are on the
trail of a possible serial killer who has been terrorizing the
suburban neighborhoods of Seattle in Down The Rabbit Hole:
A Samantha Skellar Mystery.
When Agent Skellar starts receiving threatening messages on her
computer, she calls in the help of free-spirited hacker Lucy Spoon,
and gets much more than she bargained for. Does someone have a personal
grudge against Sam? Or could the elusive killer be targeting Sam
for reasons unknown to her? And what about Lucy, who seems to be
guarding secrets of her own...
New from author
who said Sam is currently undercover on her second case. Down
the Rabbit Hole is available at
all fine bookstores, approximately 200 pages, and retails for $12.95.
Hot Stories for
a Cold Winter's Night
one of the premiere writers of lesbian fiction comes a tale
of hot, erotic moments. Change of Pace: Erotic
Interludes by Radclyffe, is a forthcoming new
release from Bold
Strokes Books. The book is packed with twenty-five hot-wired
encounters guaranteed to spark more than just your imagination!
From a construction worker who discovers a pleasant distraction
in the surgical
locker room and two friends who share a walk on the wild side
in Amsterdam's Red Light district to a femme top welcoming
her lover home from the road, and a surprise party that ends
with a most unusual gift, Change of Pace: Erotic
Interludes is just the thing to stir up a little
bit of heat on a cold winter's night! Available December 2004,
200 pages, from Bella
Books and Starcrossed
Mae's Done It Again! Cat's Eyewitness is Superb
just wrapped up Cat's Eye Witness by
Rita Mae Brown and loved it! Brown seldom disappoints this reader
with her Mrs. Murphy mystery series, but this one had a touch
of depth to it that previous novels simply didn't. For followers
of the series, you'll be thrilled to know that Harry finally
figures out where her heart belongs and Boom-Boom finds love
in a very unlikely place. A full review will be forthcoming.
Here's a quick synopsis of Cat's
It’s no secret that cats are
a mystery writer’s best friend. Just ask the bestselling team
of Rita Mae Brown and her furry partner, Sneaky Pie Brown, back on
the prowl with another unforgettable whodunit. This time a controversial
miracle in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains sparks religious
fervor—and a suspicious death. Now the indefatigable felines
Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, along with the dogged corgi Tee Tucker, must
trust their animal instincts to sniff out the worst of human nature.
With the holidays approaching, Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen
and her best friend, Susan Tucker, take a much-needed time-out at
the mountain monastery of Mount Carmel. There, under the benevolent
gaze of the statue of the Virgin Mary, their worldly worries are
soon overshadowed. For in front of their very eyes the statue begins
to cry tears of blood.Legend has it that Mary’s crimson tears
are harbingers of crises. And though skeptical, the ever-practical
Harry can already see one on the horizon. If leaked, news of the
so-called miracle could turn the monastery and the town of Crozet
into a circus. What Harry doesn’t foresee is murder.When Susan’s great-uncle Thomas, a resident
monk, is found frozen to death at the base of the statue, foul play
is ruled out–at first. But at Harry’s urging, the body
is exhumed for an autopsy. There’s just one problem: the coffin
is empty. That’s when Mrs. Murphy, Pewter, and Tucker get involved.
Then there’s the shocking revelation of a mystery that has
perplexed the citizens of Crozet for ages.With Christmas around the corner and the monastery
overrun by the faithful, all Harry’s meddling menagerie can
do is stay on her trail as she jumps knee-deep into an unofficial
investigation—one that becomes more dangerous when another
Crozet citizen meets an untimely demise. In this case it will be
a miracle if Harry stays alive...
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