Lane Igoudin 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, Jewish mindfulness, spiritual growth, writing pedagogy, and sociolinguistics. A graduate of CSU Long Beach (MA) and Stanford University (PhD), 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.
In January 2021, Lane started a new blog series for Applied Jewish Spirituality Institute (AJS, Jerusalem) on incorporating mindfulness into daily activities. Last year, Lane contributed 5 posts to the AJS blog in 2020 (see below).
Lane’s 2020 publications include:
- an invited blog post on building a multiracial, intersectional LGBT family on FamilyEquality.org
- an article on celebrating 2020 High Holidays amidst the pandemic in Forward, one of the nation’s leading Jewish news publications
- blog post on patience as a spiritual practice during trying times, published by Applied Jewish Spirituality (AJS).
- a serialized, 3-part blog on Jewish morning prayers and contemplation, also published by AJS
- an essay on multiracial family histories in the 2020 issue of The Citadel, a juried literary journal published at LACC. The same journal previously published Lane’s parenting essay “The iPad Wars” (2018).
- a blog post for the AWP Two-Year College Creative Writing Caucus on strategies to engage bilingual/ESL students in creative writing
- 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 August 2020, drawing on his background and training in Judaism and Zen, Lane started Blessing the Sea, a free monthly newsletter featuring different ways to bring spirituality into daily life.
Lane is the author of the gay parenting memoir DISPOSITIONS: Two Fathers, Two Babies, and a Trial that Made Us a Family.
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 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 LGBT 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. In 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled against the alleged right to discriminate and sided with the City of Philadelphia. In February 2020, the US Supreme Court agreed to hear the case. The oral arguments have begun in November 2020, and the outcome will have far-reaching consequences, beyond public adoption.
Their testimonial has also been included into 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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