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Lee Wind

Independent Book Publishers Association
Director of Marketing and Programming
Manhattan Beach, CA
Lee Wind is the director of marketing and programming at the Independent Book Publishers Association. A book blogger and author-publisher himself, Lee is passionate about empowering and amplifying independent voices.

He is the founding blogger and publisher of I’m Here. I’m Queer. What The Hell Do I Read?, an award-winning website about books, culture, and empowerment for Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Questioning and Queer youth, and their Allies. For over 11 years, readers from 100-plus countries have racked up 2.6 million page views—and counting! Lee is also the official blogger for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

Crowdfunded in six days, Lee's debut teen novel, Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill, published in October 2018 and was a semi-finalist for the BookLife Prize, making it one of Publishers Weekly's top five independently published middle grade and YA novels of 2018.