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Beyond Lolita: Literary Writers on Sex and Sexuality

A series of events to benefit PEN America’s Writers’ Emergency Fund

Organized & moderated by Anna March

“Beyond Lolita” brings exceptional writers—and, in some cases, editors—together for a series of roundtable discussions on sex and sexuality in literature. Participants will reflect on their own work as well as the work of a diverse array of modern and contemporary writers. Topics may include: craft considerations; the impact writing on these topics has on the culture and on writers themselves; the challenges authors have in writing their own experiences and writing beyond their own experiences; the importance of writing diverse sexuality; sexual shame; teen sexuality; sexuality and aging; aspects of LGBT culture; and more.

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Chicago – November 5 – 7:30
Women & Children First

Rachel Dewoskin, Audrey Niffenegger,
Megan StielstraLuis Urrea, Cyn Vargas

Brooklyn – January 21 – 7:00

Alexander CheeAshley FordSaeed Jones,
Dylan LandisLaura MillerElissa Schappell

Los Angeles – November 19 – 7:30
Skylight Books

Julia Fierro, Wendy C. Ortiz, Robin Rinaldi,
J. Ryan Stradal

Cambridge – January 25 – 7:00
Porter Square Books

Benoit Denizet-Lewis, Jaclyn Friedman,
Cathi HanauerDaniel Jones, Marjan Kamali,
Amy Monticello

Portland – April 24 – 7:00
Powell’s Bookstore: Downtown

Steve AlmondSarah Hepola,
Porochista Khakpour,

MariNaomi, Cheryl Strayed,
Lidia Yuknavitch








About PEN America and the Writers’ Emergency Fund:

For the last 90 years, PEN American Center has been working to ensure that people everywhere have the freedom to create literature, to convey information and ideas, to express their views, and to make it possible for everyone to access the views, ideas, and literatures of others. Together with their colleagues in the international PEN community, PEN has been bringing down barriers to free expression and reaching across borders to celebrate, through writing, common humanity. Click here to learn more.

The PEN Writers’ Emergency Fund is an emergency fund for professional—published or produced—writers in acute, emergency financial crisis. The PEN Fund for Writers and Editors with HIV/AIDS, administered under the PEN Writers’ Emergency Fund, gives grants to professional writers and editors who face serious financial difficulties because of HIV or AIDS-related illness.