The Spaces Between: Linking Queerness & Writing

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GrubStreet's Program Coordinator Lauren Smith reflects on the relationship between her queerness and her love of language, and how the community she found at GrubStreet recognizes both.


In honor of Pride Month this June, Trident Booksellers & Cafe held the GrubStreet Pride Panel, featuring several LGBT authors. Sitting in the audience, I thought, not for the first time since finding GrubStreet, that I was surrounded by people who understood me and who I was.

August 30, 2017 | Ren C. Smith

Events The Writing Life

Putting A Dent In My Writer Self-Doubt: A First Timer's Lessons at the Muse & the Marketplace

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It's never too early to start mentally prepping for next year's Muse & the Marketplace conference, especially as the Muse is happening earlier next yearApril 6-8, 2018, to be precise. Get a jump on your #Muse18 strategy with this advice for first-timers—and anxious young writers in general—from GrubStreet's Program Coordinator, Lauren Smith.

July 20, 2017 | Ren C. Smith

The Writing Life

Why I Write Vol. 2: A Firm Hold in the Night

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In this series, "Why I Write," members of the Grub community share what compels them to put words onto paper day after day.


In the seventh grade, I sat at my best friend’s kitchen table, on the verge of telling her something huge. I was going to admit that I was...well, I didn’t know exactly what, but I knew that girls made my heart beat a little faster than I thought they should. Especially her, but that was a confession for another day.

August 19, 2016 | Ren C. Smith

Books & Reading

Going Off the Rails: A Conversation with Lindsay Hatton

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One of Chicago Tribune’s “30 Books to Read This Summer,” Lindsay Hatton’s debut novel, Monterey Bay, released tomorrow, follows precocious Margot Fiske, a fifteen-year-old relocated to Monterey Bay by her father, as she navigates a relationship with an older biologist

July 18, 2016 | Ren C. Smith