Lucy Jane Bledsoe

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Lucy Jane Bledsoe
Born February 1, 1957
Portland, Oregon, United States
Occupation novelist, science writer
Nationality American
Genre Fiction, nonfiction
Subject LGBT literature, family relationship, adventure

Lucy Jane Bledsoe (born February 1, 1957 in Portland, Oregon, United States[1][2]) is a novelist and science writer,[3] who writes both fiction and non-fiction books for children and adults. She focuses on LGBT literature and has received several awards for her fictional and non-fictional writings, establishing herself as a Stonewall Book Award winner and five-time Lambda Literary Award finalist.[3][4]


Bledsoe was born into a family of many members in Portland, Oregon, United States, where she grew up.[1][2][5] Bledsoe stated in an interview that she started writing stories when she was young and had always wanted to become a writer.[2][6] She was inspired to write by her high school teacher.[2] From 1975 to 1977, Bledsoe attended Williams College. She earned a B.A. at University of California at Berkeley in 1979.[1][7]

Career and honors[edit]

Bledsoe writes both fiction and non-fiction books, though to her contemporary fiction is most interesting to write, as she loves "exploring [her] imagination".[2][6] Bledsoe has said that her works are influenced by many authors, among them are James Baldwin, Willa Cather, Adrienne Rich, Barbara Kingsolver.[2] While her writings primarily focus LGBT literature, Bledsoe also writes about family relationships and adventures in the wild.[6]

In 1985, she received the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award.[1][3] In 1995, Bledsoe published Sweat: Stories and a Novella, which helped her garner her first Lambda Literary Award finalist title for Lesbian Fiction.[8] In 1997, she wrote her first adult novel Working Parts, for which she received the 1998 Stonewall Book Award - the American Library Association Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual Award for Literature.[9]

In 1998, Lesbian Travels: A Literary Companion, Whereabout Books, which she worked on as the editor, garnered her a second Lambda Literary Award finalist title, this time for Anthologies/Non-Fiction.[10] In 2002, Bledsoe was awarded a California Arts Council fellowship in literature.[7][11]

Bledsoe's 2002 children book Hoop Girlz, which is about a ten-year-old girl who loves playing basketball but, due to being rejected to play in a basketball camp tournament, she decides to form her own team. Hoop Girlz was selected as one of Booklist 's Top 10 Sports Books for Youth of the year and featured among Core Collection: Sports Fiction for Girls.[3][12] Her second Lambda Literary Award finalist title for Lesbian Fiction (third Lambda Literary Award finalist title when counting all categories) came in 2003 with the publication of her second adult novel This Wild Silence.[13]

Bledsoe has travelled to Antarctica three times and written three books about Antarctica, How to Survive in Antarctica, The Ice Cave: A Woman's Adventures from the Mojave to the Antarctic, and The Big Bang Symphony.[3] Her newest novel Biting the Apple was published in 2007 and is currently a finalist for the 20th Annual Lambda Literary Awards in the category Women's fiction.[4]

Besides writing, Bledsoe writes science curriculum and has written CD-ROM scripts for National Geographic and several other educational organizations, e.g. George Lucas Educational Foundation.[7] From 1997 to 2003, she taught creative writing in the Masters of Creative Writing Graduate Program at the University of San Francisco.[7][14] Bledsoe contributes to several magazines, including Newsday, Conditions, Ms., Fiction International, and Frontiers.[5][7]

Bledsoe books and stories have been translated into Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, German, and Dutch.[15] Bledsoe has been given two National Science Foundation artist and writers in Antarctica fellowships.[7][16][17]


Bledsoe was criticised for allegedly unscientific and inaccurate work in the High School textbook "Fearon's Biology", especially the phrase "tiny green specks" to describe the ultimate origins of life on Earth. [18]

Bledoe's novel, A Thin Bright Line was praised by Kirkus Review as a novel which "merges fact and fiction to create a historically accurate picture of the struggles faced by LGBT people in the 1950s and '60s; the closeting that was required for professional advancement; and the ways the Cold War pitted pure science against research to benefit the defense industry. A stirring and deeply felt story." [19] and by the New York Times Book Review which said it "triumphs as an intimate and humane evocation of day-to-day life under inhumane circumstances." [20]



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  2. ^ a b c d e f "Interview With Author Lucy Jane Bledsoe". Interview With Authors. May 14, 2005. Archived from the original on October 12, 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-31. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Lucy Jane Bledsoe's Biography". Red Room Writer Profile. Red Room. Retrieved 2008-07-31. 
  4. ^ a b "Current Finalists for the 20th Annual Lambda Literary Awards". Lambda Literary Foundation. Archived from the original on 2008-04-10. Retrieved 2008-07-31. 
  5. ^ a b "Lucy Jane Bledsoe: Publications and Prizes". Directory of Writers. Poets & Writers. 9 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-31. 
  6. ^ a b c O'Brian, Bonnie. "MEET LUCY BLEDSOE". California Readers. Retrieved 2008-07-31. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Lucy Jane Bledsoe (1957–) Biography - Personal, Addresses, Career, Member, Honors Awards, Writings, Sidelights". Famous Authors Vol 15. Retrieved 2008-07-31. 
  8. ^ "1992 Lambda Literary Awards Recipients". Previous Lammy Award Winners. Lambda Literary Foundation. Archived from the original on 2008-04-19. Retrieved 2008-07-31. 
  9. ^ "Stonewall Book Awards". Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table (GLBTRT). American Library Association. Archived from the original on 2008-06-14. Retrieved 2008-07-31. 
  10. ^ "1996 Lambda Literary Awards Recipients". Previous Lammy Award Winners. Lambda Literary Foundation. Archived from the original on 2008-04-18. Retrieved 2008-07-31. 
  11. ^ "Books by NWU Authors". Book Authors. National Writers' Union. Retrieved 2008-07-31. [dead link]
  12. ^ Children's Literature Reviews. Retrieved on 2008-08-01.
  13. ^ "2000 Lambda Literary Awards Recipients and Finalists". Previous Lammy Award Winners. Lambda Literary Foundation. Archived from the original on 2008-05-29. Retrieved 2008-07-31. 
  14. ^ "A Woman's Adventures from the Mojave to the Antarctic". University of Wisconsin–Madison. Retrieved 2008-07-31. 
  15. ^ "Lucy Jane Bledsoe". GLBT History. Retrieved 2008-07-31. 
  16. ^ "Antarctic Artists & Writers Program — Past Participants". National Science Foundation. 26 September 2007. Retrieved 2008-07-31. 
  17. ^ "U.S. Antarctic Program, 1999-2000". National Science Foundation. Retrieved 2008-07-31. 
  18. ^ "Reviewing a high-school book in biology". The Textbook Letter. Retrieved 2015-07-14. 
  19. ^ "Reviewing A Thin Bright Line". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 2017-03-10. 
  20. ^ "L.G.B.T. Fiction". New York Times. Retrieved 2017-03-10. 

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