A Los Angeles-based writer, blogger, and a proud Dad of two amazing teens, Lane Igoudin writes about adoptive parenting, gay fatherhood, as well as spiritual growth in the Jewish and Buddhist traditions. 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 articles in The Forward (New York), Bay Windows (Boston), Water Wheel (LA), and California Writers Club Bulletin. An English/ESL professor at Los Angeles City College, Lane moderated a literary journal panel at the recent AWP 2022 convention.
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 presenting and 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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