Alan Lessik is a novelist, writer, LGBT activist, amateur figure skater and Zen practitioner. He is the author of the highly acclaimed novel The Troubleseeker, short-listed for the 2017 Publishing Triangle Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction. His work has appeared on KQED Radio and in Lambda Literary, Bay Area Reporter, Advocate, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Frontiers News Magazine, and Chelsea Station Editions Magazine. Alan serves on the Board of the LGBTQ Caucus of the Association of Writer and Writing Programs (AWP.) His second novel, Make the Bright Night Shine is looking for an agent.