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About the 2019 Alice B Medal Winners

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) is the author of many novels, short stories, and fan fiction. She is an Oregon expatriate who left her beloved state when she met a Portuguese woman and had to choose between home and heart. She chose heart. Now she lives in the sunny Algarve and is retraining her green thumb from wet Oregon gardening to survive-a-Mediterranean-summer gardening (and thinks about writing a new book: How I Learned to Love Succulents). She is best known for her science fiction/fantasy series, Chronicles of Alsea, which has so far collected an Independent Publisher's Award, a Golden Crown Literary Society Award, a Rainbow Award, and been shortlisted twice for a Lambda Literary Award. Fletcher believes that women need far more representation in science fiction and fantasy and takes great pleasure in writing immersive tales where women not only head up the action, but also burst with so much life that they leap off the page. Her day is made every time another reader says, “I didn’t think I liked science fiction, but then I read yours.” 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.