University of Arizona Campus  •  March 14 -15, 2020  •  9:30am to 5:30pm

Transformations of LGBTQ+ Literature for Young Adults

LGBTQ+ literature for young adults has moved from a focus on "coming out" as a problem, to novels in which queer characters engage in a wide range of experiences. Another shift is the inclusion of LGBTQ+ characters in fantasy as well as realistic fiction. Three authors talk about their decisions as authors and the transformations they have observed in LGBTQ+ literature.

Tehlor Kay Mejia

Tehlor Kay Mejia is an author and Oregon native. Her short fiction has appeared in the "All Out" and "Toil & Trouble" anthologies from Harlequin Teen. "We Unleash the Merciless Storm" is her second novel....

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Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro is the award-winning author of "Anger Is a Gift," which was a finalist in the 31st Annual Lambda Literary Awards for LGBTQ YA and a winner of the Schneider Family Book Award in 2019. When they are not writing, they run the online Mark Does Stuff universe and are trying to pet every dog in the world....

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Michelle Keil

Michelle Ruiz Keil is a writer and tarot reader with an eye for the enchanted and a way with animals. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, All of Us With Wings, called "...a transcendent journey" by the New York Times and "....

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