Saturday, January 24, 2015

New YouTube Video: Q&A with Victoria Brownworth & Lisa R. Nelson

Dear Friends,

Please enjoy: 
The Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series: Q&A with Victoria Brownworth & Lisa R. Nelson

Recorded on November 13, 2014 - Authors Victoria Brownworth and Lisa R. Nelson answer questions after their reading at the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series at Big Blue Marble Bookstore in Mt. Airy, Philadelphia.
 Victoria discusses her indendent press, and Lisa talks about her beginnings as a publishing fiction writer.

Victoria Brownworth is a journalist, writer and editor based in Philadelphia. She’s published nearly 30 books as both author and editor, has been anthologized in over 100 books and received numerous literary and journalism awards. A former full-time investigative reporter (currently doing only occasional investigative reporting due to progressive illness) for a series of daily and weekly newspapers and magazines. She is a regular columnist for SheWired, Curve, the Advocate and The Independent. She is a blogger for Huffington Post. She is a contributing editor for Curve magazine and Lambda Literary Review.

She was the first AIDS columnist for SPIN magazine, the first lesbian columnist in a daily newspaper and the first journalist to write about women and AIDS and pediatric AIDS in the country. She was book critic for the Baltimore Sun for 17 years until the paper filed for bankruptcy in 2008.

Brownworth writes regularly on national, international and local Philadelphia politics for a variety of newspapers and blogs. She teaches writing and film at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and also holds master classes in writing. Most recently Brownworth won the 2013 Society of Professional Journalists award for her four-part investigative series on trans women sex workers in Philadelphia which received national attention. She also won the 2013 Keystone Award. She has previously won both awards as well as other journalism awards, has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for both investigative reporting and commentary and has won the Lambda Literary Award.

Her most recent book is From Where We Sit: Black Writers Write Black Youth for which she won the 2012 Moonbeam Award for Cultural and Historical Fiction. The book was also nominated for the Coretta Scott King Award, the Lambda Literary Award and the Book of the Year Award. 

In 2010 Brownworth founded Tiny Satchel Press, an independent publisher of young adult books with a focus on books for kids of color and LGBT youth. She also co-founded the mentoring group KITH (Kids in the Hood) for middle-grade students. KITH emphasizes the importance of reading and writing.

Her novel, Ordinary Mayhem will be published at the end of 2014. Her young adult novel, Cutting will be published in fall 2014. Her collection of essays, Erasure, will be published in 2015.

Lisa R. Nelson Nelson is the author of the young adult novel Drifting (2013/Tiny Satchel Press). A graduate of Temple University, Ms. Nelson is a senior staff member at a large non-profit family services agency in Philadelphia where she lives. Her short stories, “Thirteen” and “From Where They Sit” appeared in the anthology From Where We Sit: Black Writers Write Black Youth. Drifting is Nelson’s first novel. She is currently at work on a collection of essays about black history. 

Founded in 2002 by award-winning multi-media artist Cassendre Xavier, the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series is "a nurturing environment that celebrates women in the craft of multi-genre writing". The Series is free and open to the public, and always includes a Mixed-Gender Open Mic! 
We are always seeking new featured readers, from all walks of life and at all levels of writing "accomplishment". For submissions/information please visit or email WomensWritingSeries(at)yahoo(dot)com

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