This night of entertainment for young and young at heart will feature words from her contemporary realistic tale that promises to speak to you whether you went to high school before cellphones or currently attend Feminist Club at lunch.
In addition, she's thrilled to share the event with a few local teen writers. Aisha Al-Amin, Namaka Auwae-Dekker, and Katie Kreimer, will open the night with their own creative writing.
Saturday April 30th Fun at 6:00 Reading at 7:00
Molly Thornton is a queer Seattle-based femme, writer, and poet who hails from the Land of Enchantment. She aims to write new anthems for young adults and is influenced by female friendship, queer love, and life’s gritty magic. When she’s not absorbed in editing her first novel, she is engaged in young women’s empowerment projects, or thrift shopping for leopard print garments and floral housewares. She is a 2016 Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Fellow. Find out more at mollythorntonwrites.com
About my book:
I have drafted a Young Adult novel with two female protagonists, told in first person from both of their perspectives. Violet is a girl adjusting to living in Seattle for the first time, who was just uprooted from her home in New Mexico following her parents' divorce. On top of that, she has chronic pain issues and is grappling with the regular physical pains and confusion of adolescence. She's looking for a new life.
Lunelle, a born and bred Seattleite who finds herself navigating life as a homeless teen after her mother discovers she's in a relationship with a girl. Lunelle is trying to keep her housing situation undercover as she navigates trying to keep her girlfriend her girlfriend, and doing a balancing act between work and school, without a place to call her own.
Their lives come together at the intersection of jealousy, friendship, physical and legal trouble, and are unlikely to untangle again.
About the fundraiser:
I've been accepted to attend Lambda Literary's Writing Retreat for emerging LGBTQ writers this summer. This is the only retreat of its kind- for the LGBTQ community, and features a week of workshops with award-winning writers, held at University of Souther California in LA. In order to participate, I need support from lovers of Young Adult literature, folks who support diverse voices in literature, and many more, to help me cover the costs of the trip!
I have been met with overwhelming support, and was able to cover the cost of tuition, room and board within 2 weeks of fundraising. Now, I'm seeking additional funds to cover travel costs to and around the LA area for the retreat. Any funds raised exceeding the cost of travel will go to support my writing projects this year by contributing to the cost of grad school applications, writing course fees, and other application costs.