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CONGRATULATIONS: John Boucher receives 2011 Lambda Literary Fellowship in Non-Fiction


Congratulations to fellow MMIX writer John Boucher, who has just received a 2011 Lambda Literary Fellowship!

Forty-two talented emerging writers representing every region of the United States and traveling from as far away as Canada and Japan, were selected and will come to Los Angeles this August for the Lambda Literary Writers’ Retreat for Emerging LGBT Writers.

The Writers’ Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices was established in 2007 as the newest program of Lambda Literary Foundation and is the first of its kind ever offered to LGBT writers: a one-week intensive immersion in fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. The retreat is an unparalleled opportunity to learn from the very best writers in the LGBT community. Faculty have included Dorothy Allison, Claire Carmichael, Bernard Cooper, Elana Dykewomon, Katherine V. Forrest, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Eloise Klein Healy, Fenton Johnson, Michael Nava, D.A. Powell, John Rechy, Ellen Bass, Ellery Washington and Nicola Griffith.

For more information on the Lambda Literary Writers’ Retreat, you can check it out here:


John Boucher started writing in 2005 in HIV+ Writing Workshops sponsored by AIDS Healthcare Foundation, AIDS Project Los Angeles, and the LA Gay & Lesbian Center. His first published piece, “Speaking in Tongues,” appeared in Washburn University’s inscape literary journal, where it won the 2009 Best Nonfiction award. John was a 2009 PEN Center USA Emerging Voice Fellow, and is the recipient of a 2009/2010 Community Access Scholarship to UCLA, where he studied and worked on Dichondra, his collection of humorously dark nonfiction stories. John attended Corcoran College of Art and Design and earned his MFA from Claremont Graduate University. Born in 1962 and raised in Los Angeles, John lives in West Hollywood. (Photo by Don Tinling.)


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MMIX Writers at West Hollywood Book Fair

West Hollywood Book Faire presents
Homo-Centric Reading
Sunday, September 26, 10:00 a.m- 6 p.m.
Sylvia Sukop will be reading at 11:00 a.m.
John Boucher will be reading at 1:00 p.m.
Booth # E-34
Check out John Boucher and Sylvia Sukop at the 9th Annual West Hollywood Book Fair!  They’ll be reading their work as a part of  homo-centric, a monthly reading series currently hosted at Stories Books and Cafe in Echo Park.  They also “foster a sense of community by creating this space for GLBTQI writers to gather & share their words.”  Stay tuned for more details on homo-centric’s reading schedule at the Fair!

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PUBLISHED: John Boucher’s “Speaking in Tongues” featured in inscape

Congratulations to John!  His nonfiction piece, “Speaking in Tongues,” was published and reviewed in inscape’s 2009 issue.  inscape is Washburn University’s literary journal.

You can read the review — written by Terri Denton and featured on NewPages.com — below:

John Boucher’s nonfiction piece, “Speaking in Tongues,” is a heartbreaking rendition of the loss of his life-partner and lover, Rex. Reading this, I was brought nearly to tears. Pouring out his soul, the author writes, “When Rex got off the phone, he found me waiting on our couch. The couch we picked out. / The couch we made love on / the couch we watched TV on / the couch we read to each other on / [. . .] the couch we almost broke-up on / the couch I would wait with my parents to go to his funeral. The couch I finally had to throw out.” Further in Rex’s story, Boucher has asked Rex’s estranged mother if she’d like something of Rex’s. Rex’s sister, Ruth, leaves a message on John’s answering machine with Rex’s mom’s request: “She said what she’d really like is a picture – of you both. She said when you spoke to her at that restaurant it was just like talkin’ to married people.” When Boucher explains that he sent the last picture that was saved on Rex’s camera – of the two of them at John’s father’s birthday – it is a palpable loss that the reader feels. It is as if Boucher’s loss belongs to each and every one.

For more information on inscape, click here.

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