Stone Soup Community Press, Inc. 501(c)3 names Lindsey Danis as the 2019 Writing Fellowship Recipient

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Stone Soup Community Press, Inc. 501(c)3 names Lindsey Danis as the 2019 Writing Fellowship Recipient

Lindsey Danis, winner of the 2019 Stone Soup Community Press Writing Fellowship

Lindsey Danis, winner of the 2019 Stone Soup Community Press Writing Fellowship

Dayton, Ohio – June 15, 2019 – Darla Baker, President and Executive Director of Stone Soup Community Press, Inc., along with the Writing Fellowship Selection Committee, names Lindsey Danis as the 2019 Writing Fellowship Recipient.

Applications for the 2019 Writing Fellowship were received from January 1 through May 1, 2019. The Fellowship includes a $3000 stipend, a publishing contract, and the opportunity to interact with other LGBTQ writers.

Baker comments, “the competition for this Fellowship was fierce. The selection committee narrowed the field down to three finalists, Brooke Winters, Chelsea Catherine, and Lindsey Danis. Choosing a winner was not easy.”

The final decision came down to the sub-genre of the submission. The selection committee felt that publishing a YA novel would best represent the spirit of the Fellowship and the mission of the organization. The team is looking forward to working with Lindsey on this project and watching her blossom as a writer.

Danis responded to the news, “I've often wondered…whether there's simply not much room in traditional publishing for LGBTQ voices. Winning the Fellowship…show[s] me that my voice and our stories matter. This fellowship will give me the boost I need to share untold LGBTQ narratives with our community and our allies since I believe we all benefit when marginalized voices are uplifted.”

Lindsey Danis is a Hudson Valley-based freelance writer whose publication credits include, most recently, Taproot, Craft Beer & Brewing, ROVA, and Verity La. When not writing Lindsey enjoys hiking, kayaking, cooking, and spending time with her wife and two pups.

Complete publication credits for stories, essays, and reported pieces are available at http://www.lindseydanis.com. Lindsey has not published a novel, but her completed Young Adult manuscript was long-listed for the #WriteMentor Children’s Novel Award. Lindsey can be reached at lindsey.danis@gmail.com.

Proceeds from Stone Soup Community Press, Inc. 501(c)3 programs support the Lambda Literary Foundation, the It Gets Better Project, The Trevor Project, and the Legacies of Lesbian Literature Project.

The publishing program directly supports talented authors, editors, cover artists, and vocal artists within the LGBTQ community through above-market royalty and rate contracts.

The publishing program directly supports talented authors, editors, cover artists, and vocal artists within the LGBTQ community through above-market royalty and rate contracts.

The writing fellowship additionally offers one talented writer each year an additional $3000 stipend to supplement the writer’s income throughout the writing and publishing process. This fellowship is open to all LGBTQ authors regardless of their current publishing status.

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Darla Baker, President and Executive Director

darla.baker@stonesoupcommunity.com

Annette Mori, Vice President and Editor-in-Chief

annette.mori@stonesoupcommunity.com

Carol Madewell, Secretary/Treasurer

carol.madewell@stonesoupcommunity.com

Darla Baker, President

Darla Baker’s career encompasses a diverse list of roles including best-selling author, publisher, podcast host, and software engineer.

As founder and president of the nonprofit publishing house, Stone Soup Community Press, Baker is an advocate and mentor for writers of lesbian fiction and non-fiction. Her book series, Thalia Chase: Sex Therapist, was an Amazon number one best-seller. Baker’s Thalia Chasehosts lesbian fiction authors in character and helps them with dating and relationships in a weekly podcast, Therapy Café. Baker is also the Treasurer of the Lambda Literary Foundation, which nurtures and advocates for LGBTQ writers, elevating the impact of their words to create community, preserve our legacies, and affirm the value of our stories and our lives.

Baker attended Georgetown College and Wright State University, where she completed her B.S.B. in Finance with a minor in Psychology. She also holds a Certificate in Creative Writing from Wesleyan University.

Outside of the literary world, Baker has dedicated more than thirty years to serving government, nonprofit, corporate, and Fortune 100 firms as a management consultant and software engineer – both independently and with notable organizations like DataStax and Hobsons, Inc. Prior to her corporate career, she spent nearly a decade with the Montgomery County Courts completing her tenure there as the Chief Deputy Clerk. In her rich personal life, Baker splits her time between Lake Cumberland, Kentucky, and Dayton, Ohio with her wife of twenty plus years and their well-behaved pit bulls, Delilah and Mati.