Toni Amato, founder and director of Write Here, Write Now, has been a teacher, editor and writing coach for over twenty years. His fiction has appeared in several anthologies and journals, including The Underwood Review and Food and Other Enemies. His erotic fiction has appeared regularly in Best Lesbian Erotica, and has most recently been in Tristan Taormino’s groundbreaking anthology,Take Me There. He is the editor, with Mary Davies, of the anthology, Pinned Down By Pronouns. He has been the recipient of several awards and fellowships, including, The Theater Offensive’s Gender Hero Award, 2009, and the Virginia Bigwood Voice for Justice Award, REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, 2009. Click here to download a copy of Toni’s CV
Write Here Write Now(WHWN) is a ministry in service to the sacred stories of the LGBTI community. WHWN began and remains grounded in offering literary services and continues to grow to offer more and varied pastoral and ceremonial care to the LGBTI community.Because our communities are often marginalized and at risk, especially young LGBTI people, many of the traditional forms of literary support and development are not accessible to these writers. Financial issues and safety concerns create enormous stumbling blocks to the professional development of many talented emerging writers. The silencing effects of homophobia and transphobia often make it difficult for these writers to find workshops, peer critique groups, and retreats in which they feel safe enough to do the difficult and necessary work of writing.Speaking our stories and having them witnessed is as necessary as writing them. Therefore, WHWN also offers full pastoral care and hospitality such as compassionate listening, life coaching, community building, cookies, and soup.