The Letter Q at R.U.

Sun, Nov 3, 2013 | 1:00 PM | Voorhees Hall, Room 105

Free and open to the Rutgers University community and the general public. Click here for directions to Voorhees Hall.

Parking for non-Rutgers visitors is available in Lots 1, 11, and 16 without permits. Rutgers faculty, staff, and students must park only in their authorized designated lots. Click here for directions to Lot 1; click here for Lot 11; and click here for Lot 16.


During the fall semester, Rutgers students take part in a writing workshop led by James Lecesne, a founder of The Trevor Project and the contributing editor of the anthology, The Letter Q: Queer Writers’ Notes to Their Younger Selves (edited by Sarah Moon; Scholastic, 2012). Students compose “notes to their younger selves” during the workshop and explore the question: “What is it you wish you had known about yourself when you were twelve, seven, or five years old—and can you tell him or her that thing?” The reading features a couple of the students from the workshop sharing their “notes.” James Clementi also reads from his “Letters to My Brother,” which were previously published in OUT magazine. After the reading, the Zimmerli Art Museum unveils and dedicates its first Dale Chihuly sculpture, donated by Michael Sodomick in honor of The Trevor Project and in memory of Tyler Clementi.


James Lecesne has been telling stories for over 25 years as an actor and a writer. His short film, Trevor, won the Academy Award for best live action short and went on to inspire the founding of The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning young people ages 13-24. He is also the founder of The After The Storm Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to offering support to community centers in New Orleans that are working with youth and the arts. His young adult novel, Absolute Brightness (Harper Collins, 2008), was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and won the American Library Association’s William C. Morris Award. He is the contributing editor of The Letter Q: Queer Writers’ Notes to Their Younger Selves. Click here to learn more about James Lecesne, and click here to learn more about The Trevor Project.

James Clementi is the older brother of Tyler Clementi. The loss of his brother was a life altering event for James, and sent him on a path of activism and awareness for bullying, suicide prevention, and LGBT rights. Like his brother Tyler, James is gay. Click here to learn more about James Clementi and The Tyler Clementi Foundation.


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