Legacies of Lesbian Literature Project
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Team

 
Leroy bet me I couldn’t find a pot of gold at the end, and I told him that was a stupid bet because the rainbow was enough.
— Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown

Our Team

 

The story of how the principals in the Legacies of Lesbian Literature project came together is both unlikely and serendipitous. It began when author Marianne K. Martin was invited to be the keynote speaker for the 2014 National Women’s Music Festival in Madison, Wisconsin. She invited author Sandra Moran to join her for the keynote speech and brainstormed with her during that week on a project outline. As a festival crew member, I met Marianne and Sandra for the first time at the artists’ breakfast and later heard Sandra speak on lesbian authors. Tragically, Sandra was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and passed away less than a month later in November 2015. Her widow, Cheryl Pletcher, stepped up to join the project, focusing on the business aspects. Now all that was needed was a filmmaker, and I was asked whether I knew one. I did. I was acquainted with Lisa Marie Evans because I had interviewed her for radio almost 10 years ago, had seen her films at Kansas City’s LGBT film festival, and had screened OutWrite for a director’s showcase at our LGBT community center. After an initial meeting in Kansas City and a Skype session with Marianne, the team was in place.  -Elizabeth Andersen, Radio Host of the Sandra Moran Radio Book Club & Bywater Books Editor

  Sandra Moran  was an author and assistant adjunct professor of anthropology at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. A native Kansan, she worked professionally as a newspaper journalist, a political speech writer, and an archaeological tour manager. In her novels, she strived to create flawed characters struggling to find themselves within the cultural constructs of gender, religion and sexuality. She authored the following books: "Letters Never Sent," "Nudge," “The Addendum,” and “All We Lack.”  In the Fall of 2015, Sandra learned that she had Stage 4 cancer. On November 7, 2015, Sandra passed away surrounded by family and friends. Her final novel, "State of Grace," published posthumously in the summer of 2016, was the recipient of an IPPY Award in 2017. 

Sandra Moran was an author and assistant adjunct professor of anthropology at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. A native Kansan, she worked professionally as a newspaper journalist, a political speech writer, and an archaeological tour manager. In her novels, she strived to create flawed characters struggling to find themselves within the cultural constructs of gender, religion and sexuality. She authored the following books: "Letters Never Sent," "Nudge," “The Addendum,” and “All We Lack.”  In the Fall of 2015, Sandra learned that she had Stage 4 cancer. On November 7, 2015, Sandra passed away surrounded by family and friends. Her final novel, "State of Grace," published posthumously in the summer of 2016, was the recipient of an IPPY Award in 2017. 

  Marianne K. Martin  is one of the best-selling lesbian romance authors in the history of the genre, and her books have gained a wide international readership. She is the author of ten novels. Her highly successful novels include the Lambda Literary Award finalists Tangled Roots, Under the Witness Tree, Mirrors, and For Now, For Always. In 2012, she was honored with the Trailblazer Award from the Golden Crown Literary Society and in 2013 she was inducted into the Saints & Sinners Hall of Fame. Marianne is also one of the founding partners of Bywater Books. Her responsibilities include managing general operations, as well as the Bywater Prize for Fiction, and working with Bywater’s new writers.   

Marianne K. Martin is one of the best-selling lesbian romance authors in the history of the genre, and her books have gained a wide international readership. She is the author of ten novels. Her highly successful novels include the Lambda Literary Award finalists Tangled Roots, Under the Witness Tree, Mirrors, and For Now, For Always. In 2012, she was honored with the Trailblazer Award from the Golden Crown Literary Society and in 2013 she was inducted into the Saints & Sinners Hall of Fame. Marianne is also one of the founding partners of Bywater Books. Her responsibilities include managing general operations, as well as the Bywater Prize for Fiction, and working with Bywater’s new writers.

 

  Lisa Marie Evans ’  work varies in form from feature length documentary films to short animation and public art installation. As a selected artist for various awards and grants, she participates in artist residencies and screens her work internationally, including such locales as Hungary, France, the Philippines and Canada.  Lisa Marie thrives from being active within her community.  She has developed curricula and taught filmmaking to all ages, served on the board for multiple film organizations, programmed documentaries for the Kansas International Film Festival, and currently facilitates professional development programs for artists with Artist INC.

Lisa Marie Evans’  work varies in form from feature length documentary films to short animation and public art installation. As a selected artist for various awards and grants, she participates in artist residencies and screens her work internationally, including such locales as Hungary, France, the Philippines and Canada.  Lisa Marie thrives from being active within her community.  She has developed curricula and taught filmmaking to all ages, served on the board for multiple film organizations, programmed documentaries for the Kansas International Film Festival, and currently facilitates professional development programs for artists with Artist INC.

  Cheryl Pletcher  is the widow of Sandra Moran. She has over three decades of experience in Strategic Planning, Operations, Finance, Project Management, Marketing and Sales.  Cheryl holds an MBA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  Among her professional accomplishments during a 32 year career at John Deere Company, Cheryl was the first woman to run a factory in the 150+ year history of the company.  Cheryl managed Deere's Augusta, Georgia tractor factory, overseeing the production of 40,000 tractors annually.  In addition to her professional career, Cheryl also served on the Board for United Way and Heartland 180.

Cheryl Pletcher is the widow of Sandra Moran. She has over three decades of experience in Strategic Planning, Operations, Finance, Project Management, Marketing and Sales.  Cheryl holds an MBA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  Among her professional accomplishments during a 32 year career at John Deere Company, Cheryl was the first woman to run a factory in the 150+ year history of the company.  Cheryl managed Deere's Augusta, Georgia tractor factory, overseeing the production of 40,000 tractors annually.  In addition to her professional career, Cheryl also served on the Board for United Way and Heartland 180.


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