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About the 2019 Alice B Medal Winners

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Dorothy Allison (2019 Medal Winner) is a novelist, poet, story writer, essayist, professor, editor, and mentor to many. Her most famous novel, Bastard Out of Carolina, has been translated into more than a dozen languages and was a finalist for the 1992 National Book Award. The novel won the Ferro Grumley prize, an ALA Award for Lesbian and Gay Writing, and became a best seller and award-winning movie. Her collection of stories, Trash, won two Lambda Literary Awards and the American Library Association Prize for Lesbian and Gay Writing. In 2018 she was inducted as a Trailblazer to the Golden Crown Literary Society, joining a select few authors who have made a huge impact on the lesbian reading and writing community. Dorothy grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, the first child of a fifteen-year-old unwed mother who worked as a waitress. She was the first member of her family to graduate from high school, then attended Florida Presbyterian college on a National Merit Scholarship and studied anthropology at the New School for Social Research. Now living in Northern California with her partner Alix and her son, Wolf Michael, she describes herself as a feminist, a working class story teller, a Southern expatriate, a sometime poet, and a happily born-again Californian. To find out more about Dorothy and her writing, visit her website.

S. Renée Bess (2019 Medal Winner) is the author of five novels and various short stories. A former teacher, Renée began writing in earnest after her short story, “At the Beauty Parlor,” won first place in a Philadelphia area literary contest. Her novels, Leave of Absence, Breaking Jaie, RE:Building Sasha, The Butterfly Moments, and The Rules have transitioned from romance to general dramatic fiction. With Lee Lynch, Renée co-curated Our Happy Hours: LGBT Voices from the Gay Bars, an anthology of short fiction, memoirs, and poetry which won the Golden Crown Literary Society’s 2018 Anthology Award. Renée remains committed to writing stories that include diverse characters, cogent social themes, and well-crafted language. To find out more about Renée and her writing, visit her website.

Fletcher DeLancey (2019 Medal Winner), originally from the US, is the author of many novels, short stories, and fan fiction. She fell in love a few years back and now llives in the beautiful Algarve region of Portugal with her wife and son. She has taught Pilates to other expatriates for a decade, eaten a thousand regional delicacies, learned the Portuguese birds, plants, and seasonal changes, and fallen in love with her new home. The Portuguese word saudades is one she has come to understand for its evocative meaning of “a pleasure you suffer, an ailment you enjoy.” Saudades is the never-ending, sweet pain of loving two places but only being able to live in one, loving many people but having to choose which ones you can be with, missing people or places you may never see again. It is the fate of many expatriates, and sometimes the price of love. In her award-winning series Chronicles of Alsea, Fletcher channels her rational, science-oriented mind plus her intimate knowledge of saudades into a world where a culture of empaths break their most ancient stricture to protect their home. On Alsea, humans are the aliens—but aliens can also choose their homes, or make irrational decisions based on what they believe is right. The Chronicles of Alsea is an exploration of what happens when good people make bad decisions, when politicians have lofty ideals but must compromise to achieve them, and when love—as it so often does—both impairs and enables the course of history. To find out more about Fletcher and her writing, visit her website.

Mary Wings (2019 Medal Winner) is a cartoonist, artist, and author of several highly acclaimed novels. In 1973, she made history by releasing Come Out Comix, the first underground lesbian comic book. She is also known for her series of detective novels featuring lesbian heroine Emma Victor. Divine Victim, Wings' only Gothic novel, won the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Mystery in 1994. Mary Wings is a pioneer in the two literary fields she contributed to: lesbian comics and lesbian mystery novels. Her work is driven generally by the desire to discuss underrepresented topics that are relevant to her personal life. She currently resides in San Francisco. To find out more about Mary and her writing, visit her page at Wikipedia.

 


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