A Los Angeles-based writer, blogger, and proud Dad of two amazing teens, Lane Igoudin writes about adoptive parenting, gay fatherhood, as well as faith and spiritual growth. His recent publications include a guide for prospective foster/adoptive parents on Adoption.com, posts distributed nationwide by Family Equality.org, a serialized blog at Applied Jewish Spirituality, and essays in Lambda Literary Review, Parabola (NY), The Forward (NY), Bay Windows (Boston), and Water Wheel (LA). An English/ESL professor at Los Angeles City College, Lane moderated college writing panels at the last two AWP conventions.
Why I write
I didn’t start out as an author. With my early background in music, I first got into reviewing music, books, and theater. Then came the kids, second gradschool, and a full-time job teaching English as a Second Language and linguistics at Los Angeles City College.
I’ve had success publishing on language teaching and sociolinguistic topics. And yet, when an important story needed to be told – the topsy-turvy saga of our public adoptions, a puzzling dilemma in parenting a teen, or a way of forgiving a close, but difficult relative – I couldn’t help writing it down. So in a way, my stories tell themselves, and usually originate in a personal experience somewhere at the intersection of parenting, mindfulness, sexuality, and faith.
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