Help Sarah M. Bess Go To The Lambda Literary Writers Retreat

For: Sarah M. Bess
Norman, OK
Organizer: Sarah M. Bess
Help Sarah M. Bess Go To The Lambda Literary Writers Retreat (Sarah M. Bess)
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The Story

Update: I've been awarded the Bryn Kelly Scholarship for Trans Women/Trans Femme writers, which covers my tuition and travel. Excess funds from this fundraiser will go toward helping me pay for healthcare and living expenses.

Hey, y'all! I'm a queer, neurodivergent, transsexual poet living in Oklahoma. I was accepted into the Lambda Literary Writers Retreat For Emerging LGBTQ Voices this year, which is a big deal for me. I got a scholarship, but it doesn't cover everything. I need your help to get out there.

About Me

I'm probably the only transsexual, queer, neurodivergent poet to ever come out of Fairdealing, Missouri. A lot of my writing takes a neuroqueer phenomenological approach to time, place, and embodiment. My poems have been featured in Matrix, The Fem, and The Wanderer. Last year, I went to the 2016 Trans Women Writers Workshop hosted by Topside Press and Brooklyn College.

I currently live in central Oklahoma, where I'm underemployed and paying out of pocket for medical expenses. Just getting my meds and keeping a roof over my head out here is a struggle.

About the Writers Retreat

The Lambda Literary Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices is kind of a big deal. You can read about it here. It's taking place at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles this August.

The poetry workshop this year will be taught by TC Tolbert. Rad!

About This Fundraiser

I'm asking for $1,000 to cover airfare to Los Angeles and the portion of tuition not covered by my scholarship. Tuition includes lodging and meals.

If I receive donations in excess of $1,000, they will go to help cover my healthcare costs and to help me move out of Oklahoma to a safer and more stable situation somewhere else.

Thank you!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 12, 2017

Posted on May 12, 2017

Hey everyone! Thank you so much for your support! Thanks to you, I was able to raise enough money to cover all of my tuition in time for the payment deadlines.

I was recently informed that I've been awarded the Bryn Kelly Scholarship for Trans Women/Trans Femme Writers. This will pay for my tuition, food, lodging, and travel for the Lambda Literary Retreat. Bryn was an amazing writer and I'm so incredibly honored to have been selected for the scholarship bearing her name. I hope I can write something worthy of that honor someday.

While I've already paid tuition using the money raised, I'm supposed to talk to someone with Lambda Literary next week about having that money refunded. This is huge, because I'm currently in the process of moving to Oregon and paying out of pocket for healthcare expenses. Any extra money helps a lot right now. However, I don't want to take anyone's money under false pretenses. If you donated in the understanding that the money would be used toward tuition and you would like that money refunded, please contact me and we can arrange something.

I'm going to keep the fundraiser up but update it to reflect this new information, because I still need money for healthcare and living expenses between now and August.

Once again, thank you so much for your support! It means the world to me.

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