Lane Igoudin, MA, PhD, is a Los Angeles-based writer, blogger, and a deeply engaged father of two teens.

He blogs and writes narrative non-fiction about gay fatherhood, foster and adoptive parenting, mindfulness and spiritual growth in the Jewish and Buddhist traditions, and conducts research in writing pedagogy and sociolinguistics (use of language in society). 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.

His recent publications include:

  • a guide to public policies, legislative mandates, and legal opinions for prospective foster/adoptive parents on Adoption.com, the world’s #1 adoption site
  • a 2021 Father’s Day feature on Family Equality.org on his joys and challenges as a father raising daughters, republished by Bay Windows, Boston’s LGBTQ newspaper. It follows an earlier blog post for Family Equality.org which commemorates the 2020 International LGBTQ Family Day.
  • an article in The Forward, a leading Jewish news publication, on celebrating High Holidays amidst the pandemic
  • an essay on multiracial histories within an intersectional gay family in the annual issue of The Citadel, a juried literary journal published in Los Angeles. The Citadel previously published Lane’s parenting essay “The iPad Wars.
  • a chapter in a Routledge (London) anthology of critical language studies of social inequality and injustice.
  • a chapter on teaching English from culturally affirming and decolonizing perspectives in the upcoming (2023) Routledge volume on language teaching pedagogy and research.

Since 2020, drawing on his dual background in Judaism and Zen, Lane has been contributing regularly to the blog of the Applied Jewish Spirituality institute based in Jerusalem, publishing 15 posts so far, including a serialized blog on incorporating mindfulness into daily spiritual activities. A Soto Zen mindfulness practitioner for more than 25 years, he received jukai, a lay ordination, from Zen Center Los Angeles, studied the Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and earned the Mussar Community Group Facilitator certification from The Mussar Institute. His Blessing the Sea newsletter, published regularly on this site, features traditional and innovative ways to bring spirituality and mindfulness into daily life.

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Lane is a member of the LGBTQ and College Creative Writing Caucuses of the Association of Writing and Writing Programs (AWP). At AWP 2022 in Philadelphia, he moderated a panel on literary journals published by community colleges. At AWP 2020 in San Antonio, he participated in the “More Than Me: Memoirists Looking Outward” panel on using a personal memoir to address larger social issues. At the same conference, he also moderated a panel on the strategies to engage bilingual / ESL college students in creative writing and later wrote about it for California Writers Club, UCLA Excellence in Pedagogy newsletter, and the AWP 2-Year Creative Writing Caucus blog. His chapter “The Legal and the Human: Spotlighting Social Issues through Memoiristic Writing,” documenting and evaluating the experience of living and writing about the adoptive parenting experience, is included in the upcoming anthology “Writing as Performance” (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2022).

Lane spoke on the queer-identified writer/parent panel “Our Families, Our Stories: Writing and Parenting in the Trenches” at 2019 Lambda LitFest about the LGBTQ parenting and public adoptions in California. There, as well as at AWP 2019 in Portland, AWP 2020 in San Antonio, and at the virtual AWP 2021, he participated in public readings.

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