May 24, 2024

It gives us great pleasure to present a Season 9, Episode 20 Interview – Alan Lessik

Alan Lessik shares his novel, Make The Dark Night Shine, a story of family heritage and discovery. We discuss the inspiration for the story, as well as Alan’s love of figure skating, how novels preserve queer culture, and a look into Zen Buddhism for queer folks.

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Alan Lessik is a member of the Berlin Queer Writers Circle, Zen practitioner, amateur figure skater and queer activist. His debut novel The Troubleseeker was short-listed for the Publishing Triangle’s 2017 Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction. His non-fiction works and essays have been published by Lambda Literary, the Bay Area Reporter, Advocate and San Francisco Bay Guardian. For three years, he moderated panels on queer fiction at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conferences and served on the Board of the LGBTQ Writers Caucus.

His second novel, Make the Dark Night Shine, was awarded by Literary Titan and is a Kirkus Review recommended book.

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