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Lambda Literary Awards Honorees

By Charlotte Robinson, May 11, 2019
Lambda Literary has announced that Alexander Chee, Masha Gessen & Barbara Smith will receive special honors at the 31st Annual Lambda Literary Awards ("Lammys") on Monday June 3rd in NYC at the NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts. The Lammys are presented to individuals for their extraordinary contributions to literature, publishing & our LGBTQ community. Sue Landers, Executive Director stated, "For over 30 years, the Lammys have celebrated authors who bring necessary, urgent & artful writing into the world & these three individuals are truly exceptional in this regard. We are grateful for their work & look forward to celebrating them at this year's Lammys." Alexander Chee will receive Lambda Literary's Trustee Award for his immeasurable contributions to culture as a novelist, essayist, activist & teacher. Award-winning actor Anthony Rapp will present Chee with this honor. Masha Gessen will receive the 2019 Visionary Award for their work advancing public awareness around the global threat of totalitarianism. HuffPost Editor-in-Chief Lydia Polgreen will present Gessen with their award. Barbara Smith will receive the Publishing Professional Award for her work as an author, publisher & activist through which she opened up a national discourse about the intersections of race, class, sexuality & gender. Poet Cheryl Clarke will present Smith with her award. The awards will be hosted by Justin Vivian Bond & presenters at this year's ceremony also include Garrard Conley, Cole Escola, Melissa Febos, Karla Jay, Kenyon Farrow, Torrey Peters, Marlon James, Jen Benka, Tyler Ford & Alexis Pauline Gumbs. VIP Ticket are $250 which includes a catered, cocktail reception, priority access to the ceremony & after-party. & General Admission is $150 which includes the ceremony & after-party at Le Poisson Rouge with an open bar (must be 21+).
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