Lane Igoudin, M.A., Ph.D., is a Los Angeles-based writer, blogger, and a deeply engaged father of two teenagers. He writes memoiristic non-fiction and actively blogs on the issues of gay fatherhood, foster and adoptive parenting, spiritual growth, writing pedagogy, sociolinguistics and language ethnography. A graduate of CSU Long Beach and Stanford University, Lane teaches English and linguistics at Los Angeles City College and was a recent Andrew W. Mellon Fellow with the EPIC Program of the Humanities Division of UCLA.
Lane’s memoir DISPOSITIONS: Two Fathers, Two Babies, and a Trial that Made Us a Family is under contract with University of Wisconsin Press for its award-winning “Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiographies” series.
Lane’s recent publications include:
- an invited blog post on FamilyEquality.org
- a serialized 3-part blog post for the Applied Jewish Spirituality Institute (Jerusalem) on Jewish mindfulness practices
- a blog post for the AWP Two-Year College Creative Writing Caucus describing strategies to involve bilingual/ESL students in creative writing
- the parenting essay “The iPad Wars” which appeared in the annual issue of The Citadel, a juried literary journal published at LACC
- a chapter in a Routledge Press (London) volume on critical language studies of social inequality and injustice.
- an illustrated report for the California Writers Club newsletter on AWP 2020, the nation’s largest literary conference, which took place on the brink of the pandemic
In 2020, Lane started a newsletter called Blessing the Sea on how to bring spirituality, specifically the intersection of mindfulness and religion, into daily life.
Earlier in his career, he wrote music and theater reviews and published almost 100 of them in various Los Angeles-area magazines.
Lane is a member of the LGBTQ and College Creative Writing Caucuses of the Association of Writing and Writing Programs (AWP). In March 2020, Lane spoke at AWP 2020 as part of the “More Than Me: Memoirists Looking Outward” panel on using a personal memoir to spotlight larger social issues like family formation and public adoption systems in America today. At the same conference, he also moderated a panel on how to engage bilingual / ESL college students in creative writing.
In October 2019, Lane spoke on the panel of five queer-identified writers/parents “Our Families, Our Stories: Writing and Parenting in the Trenches” at 2019 Lambda LitFest about parenting and public adoption system in California. There, as well as at AWP 2019 in Portland and AWP 2020 in San Antonio, he also read excerpts from Dispositions.
In 2018, Lane and his partner’s testimonial about their public adoption was included in an amicus brief filed by Family Equality Council and ACLU, in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia – a case which sought to allow religious providers of foster and adoption services to reject qualified gay and lesbian parents. Their story countered this discriminatory proposal by offering an example of a multiracial gay family in which adopted children thrive, in no small part due to the spiritual foundation found in religion. On April 22, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals rejected the argument that child welfare agencies have a right to discriminate and ruled in favor of the City of Philadelphia.
Their testimonial is now part of a new amicus brief filed by Family Equality Council in a similar case against the state of Michigan. The case outcome is yet to be determined.
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