Michele Karlsberg is a publicist, producer, publisher, event planner, literary executor, speaker, advocate, and author. She is one of the founders/publishers of Amethyst Press and former publisher at Bywater Books. In 1989, Michele launched Lesbian and Gay Book Month with The Publishing Triangle. She has been instrumental in planning conferences and festivals, such as OUTWRITE, Saints and Sinners, and the Gay Games Cultural Festival. Michele’s WORDS column appears monthly in the San Francisco Bay Times. She is co-editor of the Lambda Literary Award-finalist To Be Continued and To Be Continued: Take Two (Firebrand Books). Her non-fiction piece “The Isle Of Staten” appears in the book Love, Christopher Street (Chelsea House Editions). She helped launch both the Pat Parker/Vito Russo and SI Center’s libraries. Michele has won the Publishing Triangle Leadership Award, the 2017 Publishing Professional Award from Lambda Literary Foundation, Community Health Action Advocacy Award, Saints and Sinners Literary Hall Of Fame, and One Island/One Pride Award.