The 11th Annual Lavender Celebration is an end-of-the-year banquet to celebrate and recognize outstanding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual and allied students, staff, and faculty for their amazing contributions to the Augsburg community throughout the academic year.
Recipients of the Karen Neitge Scholarship, LGBTQIA+ Student Leadership Awards, and Augsburg Pride Awards will be honored.
Danez Smith is a Black, queer, poz writer & performer from St. Paul, MN. They are the author of [insert] boy (YesYes Books, 2014), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. Selected as a 2017 National Book Award finalist, Danez recently released their 2nd full collection, Don't Call Us Dead, published by Graywolf Press in September of 2017. Danez is the recipient of fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, and is a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow. Their work has been featured widely on platforms such as The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Buzzfeed, the New Yorker & the New York Times.