Kelly McQuain’s work has been featured in Painted Bride Quarterly, Cleaver Magazine, Redivider and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Now he’s got another fellowship to write home about.

Kelly McQuain ‘91, who received his M.A. in Creative Writing (Fiction), was recently named a fellow at the Lambda Literary Foundation’s 2015 Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices. The week long retreat will be hosted this June at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

The Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices — a first-of-its kind program for LGBTQ writers — offers participants an intensive, seven-day immersion in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, genre fiction and playwriting, with mentoring, networking and other opportunities for emerging LGBTQ voices in the publishing industry.

McQuain, whose poetry collection, Velvet Rodeo (2014), was recently selected by poet C. Dale Young for the Bloom Chapbook Prize, as well as two Rainbow Award citations, is a two-time Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellow and 2015 Lamda Literary Award nominee.

A suite of twelve pages of McQuain's poems have also been published in the April 2015 issue of Assaracus, and his poem, “Thirst," won an honorable mention in the spring issue of Philadelphia Stories.

Mc Quain is an Associate Professor of English at the Community College of Philadelphia where he is a past recipient of the President's Diversity Award. In 2013, he was among 16 U.S academics chosen to tour China for three weeks as guests of the Chinese Ministry of Education and the East-West Center of Honolulu.

McQuain also expects to publish a new anthology titled Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (New York Quarterly Books) later this year and was recently selected as a Tennessee Williams Scholar to the 2015 Sewanee Writers' Conference in Tennessee.

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