Molly Rose Quinn is a writer and nonprofit administrator. Before coming to OUTMemphis, she led literary and other cultural programing at a variety of New York City nonprofit organizations, including as the Director of Public Programming at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, a cultural venue that supports Housing Works, Inc., NYC’s largest service provider to New Yorkers experiences the dual crises of homelessness and HIV/AIDS. In 2017, she returned to Memphis, TN, her hometown, to co-found the Center for Southern Literary Arts and its inaugural Memphis Literary Arts Festival, which occurred in 2018. As a writer, her essays, poetry, and profiles have appeared in a range of print and digital publications. She is a 2018 Young Cultural Innovators fellow with the Salzburg Global Seminar. She currently serves on administrator for LitNet: the Literary Network, the nation’s only advocacy coalition for public funding for literature.
I come to OUTMemphis because I am passionate about making a tangible difference in the lives of LGBTQ Mid-Southerns, including those who are marginalized by race, socioeconomic status, health and wellness barriers, gender presentation, citizenship, ability, and other factors. I look forward to being a strong public advocate for OUTMemphis’ mission and agenda and empowering our tireless community. In 2019, I believe the singular mandate of LGBTQ leaders is celebrating our community’s many advances while relentlessly addressing the needs of our most underserved intersections. The founders of OUTMemphis and Will Batts’ tenure saw the implementation of a sustainable harbor for our community to gather and receive services. Our next task will be the dogged pursuit of engaging our community in every aspect of civic life and rapidly expanding our network of affirmative allies.
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