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Lee Wind

Feb 27, 2015, 1:37:20 PM2/27/15
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Hi Everyone!

Happy reading, and, well, Happy New Year! Happy Chinese New Year, too! And Valentine's Day - Happy Valentine's Day! And Lincoln's Birthday! Okay, I think we're caught up now.

This *sparkly* newsletter has been divided into four sections for your reading convenience:

1. New on the "I'm Here. I'm Queer. What the Hell do I Read?" Blog

2. Lee's News

3. Children's Literature, SCBWI and Publishing World Updates

4. Current Inspiration

I hope you'll find it useful and inspiring!

Thanks for reading!

p.s. - If you'd like to be in touch, please don't hit 'reply' - just send me an email directly at iamle...@gmail.com Thanks!

1. New on the "I'm Here. I'm Queer. What the Hell do I Read?" Blog


THIS IS A BOOK FOR PARENTS OF GAY KIDS - a new resource http://www.leewind.org/2014/12/this-is-book-for-parents-of-gay-kids.html

IF YOU GIVE A GAY MOUSE A COOKIE - a zine I wish had been read to me when I was a little kid http://www.leewind.org/2014/12/if-you-give-gay-mouse-cookie-zine-that.html

THE UNWANTED - A Gay High School junior has to save the Amazons http://www.leewind.org/2015/01/the-unwanted-gay-high-school-junior-has.html

DEGRANON - Science Fiction Adventure with Gay Teens who are twins and people of color http://www.leewind.org/2015/01/degranon-sci-fi-adventure-with-gay.html

I AM JAZZ - A picture book about a transgender child that I wish had been read to me when I was a little kid http://www.leewind.org/2015/01/i-am-jazz-picture-book-about.html

TWISTED - Gender non-conformity and medieval virtual reality collide http://www.leewind.org/2015/01/twisted-gender-non-conformity-and.html

LINDSAY VERSUS THE MARAUDERS and LINDSAY, JO AND THE TREE OF FOREVER http://www.leewind.org/2015/01/lindsay-versus-marauders-and-lindsay-jo.html

FAR FROM YOU - A murder, a secret love, and a mystery http://www.leewind.org/2015/02/far-from-you-murder-secret-love-and.html

LIES WE TELL OURSELVES - lesbian high school romance and desegregation in 1959 Virginia http://www.leewind.org/2015/02/lies-we-tell-ourselves-lesbian-high.html 

WHEN EVERYTHING FEELS LIKE THE MOVIES - flamboyant Jude likes to raid his mother's closet and wants Luke to be his date to the Valentine's Day dance http://www.leewind.org/2015/02/when-everything-feels-like-movies.html 

GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE - A bi teen accidentally unleashes the end of the world http://www.leewind.org/2015/02/grasshopper-jungle-bi-teen-accidentally.html 

THE PURIM SUPERHERO - A Jewish Holiday-Themed Picturebook about a two-dad family… and a nice story about being true to yourself (and still being super!) http://www.leewind.org/2015/02/the-purim-superhero-jewish-holiday.html 

The American Library Association announces their 2015 Stonewall Book Award - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children's & Young Adult Literature Award http://www.leewind.org/2015/02/the-american-library-association.html 

Culture, Politics and Gay-Straight Alliance Info:

Secrets - Mary Lambert rocks her authentic truth in this great music video http://www.leewind.org/2014/12/secrets-mary-lambert-rocks-her.html 

Alan Guno's Gay Teen Song Cycle - a country, pop-rock and dance re-mix story of a young gay man's journey http://www.leewind.org/2014/12/alan-gunos-gay-teen-song-cycle-country.html

Be-You-Tiful - music video by Johnathan Celestin http://www.leewind.org/2015/02/be-you-tiful-music-video-by-johnathan.html

Sam Smith shares some serious wisdom in his Grammy Acceptance Speech http://www.leewind.org/2015/02/sam-smith-shares-some-serious-wisdom-in.html

Moms Mabley: The Original Queen of Comedy and a Gender non-conforming, woman-loving-woman and Black pioneer http://www.leewind.org/2015/01/moms-mabley-original-queen-of-comedy.html

We finished the Gender 101 Redux and added two new Gender 101 videos!

Episode #33 Redux: Benji, Nenu, Emmi and BJ on being "enough" http://www.leewind.org/2014/12/gender-101-episode-33-redux-benji-nenu.html

Episode #34 Redux: Lucy, Nenu, Emmi and BJ on the "T" in LGBT http://www.leewind.org/2014/12/gender-101-episode-34-redux-lucy-nenu.html

Episode #35 Redux: Lucy, Nenu, Emmi and BJ on misconceptions about being Gender Queer http://www.leewind.org/2014/12/gender-101-episode-35-redux-lucy-nenu.html

All new Episode #36: Gender Queer Panel Finale http://www.leewind.org/2015/01/all-new-gender-101-video-episode-36.html

2. Lee's News

Things have been busy (good busy!) In addition to all the blogging, I moderated a panel at Brentwood School's Diversity Day (on "the Many Faces of the LGBTQ Community"), I'm working on three pieces for the 2016 Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market, and so far so good on my New Year's resolution: I'm writing for at least an hour every single day!

Here's the 2014 year wrap-up from my blog: http://www.leewind.org/2014/12/and-thats-2014.html

3. Children's Literature, SCBWI and Publishing World Updates

In January I launched my new (and very exciting) series of interviews with literary agents, AGENTS LOOKING FOR DIVERSITY. A parallel effort to the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign, the idea is to help agents get the word out about their interest in representing works for children and teens with diverse characters and themes, and engage them in substantive conversations about diversity in kid lit, beyond just "yeah, it would be good to see more diversity."

You can read the first two interviews:


And the list of upcoming interviews (a new one will be posted on the first Monday of every month!) is posted in the blog's right hand column!

You can check out the blogging from #NY15SCBWI — the New York 2015 SCBWI Winter Conference — by myself and the rest of SCBWI Team Blog at the official SCBWI conference blog: http://scbwiconference.blogspot.com/

Join me at the "Find the LGBTQ in SCBWI" Q&A session http://www.leewind.org/2015/02/if-youre-at-ny15scbwi-i-hope-youll-join.html

Good things to know if you're attending #NY15SCBWI (and even if you're not...) http://scbwi.blogspot.com/2015/02/good-things-to-know-if-youre-attending.html 

OUTLAWED: The Naked Truth About Censored LIterature for Young People conference http://scbwi.blogspot.com/2015/02/outlawed-naked-truth-about-censored.html

The 2014 Crystal Kite Winners: CRANKENSTEIN by Samantha Berger (SCBWI New York) and illustrated by Dan Santat (SCBWI Los Angeles) http://scbwi.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-2014-crystal-kite-winners.html

The 2014 Crystal Kite Winners: I DARE YOU NOT TO YAWN by Hélène Boudreau and SKINK ON THE BRINK by Lisa Dalrymple and illustrated by Suzanne Del Rizzo (SCBWI Canada East) http://scbwi.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-2014-crystal-kite-winners-i-dare.html

The 2014 Crystal Kite Winner: SHINE by Candy Gourlay (SCBWI British Isles) http://scbwi.blogspot.com/2014/12/2014-crystal-kite-winner-shine-by-candy.html

The 2014 Crystal Kite Winners: CHICKOSAURUS Rex by Lenore Appelhans, illustrated by Daniel Jennewein (SCBWI Germany/Austria) http://scbwi.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-2014-crystal-kite-winners_25.html

The 2014 Crystal Kite Winners: ONCE UPON A MEMORY by Nina Laden, Illustrated by Renata Liwska (SCBWI Western Washington) http://scbwi.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-2014-crystal-kite-winners-once-upon.html

Announcing the Jane Yolen Mid-List Author Award Winner and Honoree! http://scbwi.blogspot.com/2015/01/announcing-jane-yolen-mid-list-author.html

SCBWI Announced the 2014 On-The-Verge Emerging Voices Award Winners! http://scbwi.blogspot.com/2015/01/scbwi-announces-2014-on-verge-emerging.html

William Morris Endeavor's GIMME BOOKS pop-up Holiday Bookstore http://scbwi.blogspot.com/2014/12/william-morris-endeavors-gimme-books.html

Sotheby's reports brand new record for a book illustration at auction... http://scbwi.blogspot.com/2014/12/sothebys-reports-brand-new-record-for.html

What kids want in books - Scholastic's 2015 Reading report teaser http://scbwi.blogspot.com/2015/01/what-kids-want-in-books-scholastics.html

Why we create: insights from woodworker Peter Korn http://scbwi.blogspot.com/2015/01/why-we-create-insights-from-woodworker.html

For illustrators and the rest of us who create and craft stories for children: spend some time with Brian Selznick on Reading Rockets http://scbwi.blogspot.com/2015/01/for-illustrators-and-rest-of-us-who.html

Advice from and Editor (who's now an author) - Chris Pavone on BOOKish http://scbwi.blogspot.com/2015/01/advice-from-editor-whos-now-author.html

Can better understanding Adolescent Psychology help us craft better fiction? http://scbwi.blogspot.com/2015/01/can-better-understanding-adolescent.html

The strange case of the writer who wanted to make a living http://scbwi.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-strange-case-of-writer-who-wanted.html

The American Library Association's 2015 Youth Media Award Winners! http://scbwi.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-american-library-associations-2015.html

Diversity in reviewing YA - Malinda Lo Tackles how diversity is treated (and mis-treated) http://scbwi.blogspot.com/2015/02/diversity-in-reviewing-ya-malinda-lo.html 

4. Current Inspiration

"People aren't looking to connect about when things went right… they want to know, when things went wrong, that they weren't completely alone."

Author David McGlynn, in his Sara Zarr podcast interview, “This Creative Life, ep. 30” http://www.sarazarr.com/archives/3536 

That's the newsletter - thanks for reading!


Lee Wind, M.Ed.
Producer, Blogger, Author, Speaker

Founding Blogger of the Award-Winning "I'm Here. I'm Queer. What the Hell do I Read?" at http://www.leewind.org
Official Blogger for SCBWI: THE BLOG at http://scbwi.blogspot.com/ and Captain of SCBWI Team Blog
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