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Q&A: On Triumphing Over a Dysfunction-Filled Childhood in Rural Arkansas

The National Book Review | Posted 03.10.2016 | Books
The National Book Review

Soul Serenade is about a very difficult, often traumatic, childhood in which Rashod Ollison faced obstacle after obstacle -- almost unbearable loneliness and abandonment (both emotional and physical), evictions, poverty, and years of well-placed fears about revealing his sexuality.

The Art of Translation: An Interview With Hilary Kaplan

Daniel A. Olivas | Posted 12.15.2015 | Latino Voices
Daniel A. Olivas

Now that I am a writer, I am awestruck by those who possess the facility to translate works of literature. How do they do it? Is the translation a new, separate work of art?

Torsten Højer, Editor of a Powerful New Anthology

Diriye Osman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Diriye Osman

In an era when mainstream publishers are increasingly reluctant to take chances on LGBT fiction, it's heartening to see one of the most exquisite gay anthologies of the year being published by UK literary imprint, Robinson, a division of Little, Brown Book Group.

LGBTQ Literature Creates Social Justice in the Classrooms and Beyond

Michael Carosone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Carosone

When LGBTQ literature is taught, read and analyzed in the community college English classroom, the clear message is that it is important enough to study and to include in the curriculum; therefore, LGBTQ people must be important enough to be considered as human beings and citizens.

Behind the Issue: Sinister Wisdom 97: Out Latina Lesbians

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 07.15.2016 | Queer Voices
Julie R. Enszer

Today is the official release date of Sinister Wisdom 97: Out Latina Lesbians. There are many things that are unique about this issue of Sinister Wisdom.

Is AIDS Literature Dead?

John Whittier Treat | Posted 06.02.2016 | Queer Voices
John Whittier Treat

Does anyone read fiction about AIDS anymore? The years when HIV/AIDS ravaged gay America, with no good treatment or cure in sight, are now over, and with them the decade of remarkable writing by gay men (and those close to us) that chronicled that time.

7 Things You Never Knew About Christopher Isherwood

Chris Freeman | Posted 05.06.2016 | Queer Voices
Chris Freeman

Christopher Isherwood (1904-86) was an Anglo-American writer whose novels, memoirs, plays, and diaries span the 20th century, from his modernist beginnings in the late 1920s to his pathbreaking memoirs of the 1970s.

Celebrating National Poetry Month 2015

Michael Carosone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Carosone

For National Poetry Month 2015, here is one of my poems: "My Laundromat"//I will buy a Laundromat//so that//I can take the perfectly blue and green//rounded sphere which we call planet Earth// and give it a very needed cleaning.

You Go, Gurl!: How LGBTQ Literacies Create Social Justice in the Classrooms and Beyond

Michael Carosone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Carosone

I do not believe in keeping information within the confines of academia. (What is the purpose of knowledge if it only remains within the ivory tower and tiny bubble that is the university?)

LGBT Books to Warm Up With

Janet Mason | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Janet Mason

It's been a cold winter. Very cold. One of the things that I'm doing to keep warm is to take an imaginary LGBT cruise in my head -- through books -- to exotic lands. The first stop was the land of queer history.

The Sailor Who Fell From Grace: the 90th Anniversary of Yukio Mishima

Mark Adnum | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mark Adnum

Yukio Mishima's suicide in November 1970, with its grim invocation of samurai machismo, is probably the most famous moment of his legend. It overshadows everything else, including Mishima's three nominations for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Reflecting on the Boystown Book Series

Jake Biondi | Posted 03.02.2015 | Arts
Jake Biondi

Thankfully, things have improved quite a bit since those days. I now enjoy watching Will and Sonny on Days of Our Lives, and gay characters populate many shows on television and online. Still, I still keep thinking that there is room for more.

The Next Step Is Oblivion: The Future of Gay Literature

Marten Weber | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Marten Weber

Without the stigma, much of what we have written about in the last hundred years will be largely irrelevant. We won't be suffering, suicidal, sex-crazed perverts anymore; we will be loving, caring, responsible individuals, even in the mind of the reading public. It may be some way off, but we are getting there. What, then, will happen to literature?

A Drag Queen Queers Shakespeare

Michael Carosone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Carosone

Yes, even Shakespeare must be queered (well, it's already been done, but I'm going to do it again). And what better way to queer Shakespeare than by ...

Living Marriage Equality: Redeeming the Dream and All I Love and Know

Janet Mason | Posted 12.08.2014 | Books
Janet Mason

I am a new convert to the cause of same-sex marriage. I have been a lesbian for most of my life and a second generation feminist. When I was young, I never dreamed of being married. When I came out (in the early 1980s), I was hugely relieved that I had dodged the matrimonial bullet.

The Life of a Gay, Former Child Soldier

Diriye Osman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Diriye Osman

Stanlake is a beautiful, androgynous teenager living on a dangerous and desolate council estate in South London with his mother, Poppy. They're both recently arrived immigrants in the UK.

How Do We Stop LGBTQ Youth From Killing Themselves?

Michael Carosone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Carosone

During the spring semester of 2002, while I was teaching my creative-writing class at Sheepshead Bay High School in Brooklyn, a student finally shared and read aloud a poem that he had just written. And after he read, our jaws dropped with amazement, our eyes widened with shock, our brows curled with concern, our hearts stopped with empathy, and our bodies froze with fear.

Poetry With A Purpose: A Review Of A Dan Vera's 'Speaking Wiri Wiri'

Michael Carosone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Carosone

You can intellectualize a theory, not a poem. And I am not wasting my time and brain cells trying to decode your poems, trying to figure out what you are trying to write and communicate. Poetry does not belong to the elite; it belongs to everyone.

School District Scraps Summer Reading List After Gay Book Furor

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A Delaware school district has scrapped its entire summer reading list for college prep and honors students after the removal of a lesbian-themed youn...

Marriage and the Military: Three New LGBT Books to Enjoy and Think About

Janet Mason | Posted 10.07.2014 | Books
Janet Mason

Nothing is better than a good book that takes me to an unexpected place. I recently picked up Lesbian Marriage: A Sex Survival Kit, and then I picked up Active Duty: Gay Military Erotic Romance and Rookies: Gay Erotic Fiction. What the books have in common is that none of them was what I expected.

Why We Must Tell Our Own Stories

Diriye Osman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Diriye Osman

I was offering a window into the lives of young people who happen to be African and gay in the midst of considerable hostility, but still managing to hang on to their identity.

We Can't Forget About Gay Literature

James McDonald | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
James McDonald

Young people, gay and otherwise, need to see gay people as no different from anyone else, to see them in scenarios that characterize the lives of human beings as a whole. Unfortunately, for those like me, who looked to literature for a guiding light, the terrain was too often depressingly barren.

On the "Lammys"

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Julie R. Enszer

On June 2, 2014, the Lambda Literary Awards celebrate their twenty-sixth anniversary. Deacon Macubbin, owner of Lambda Rising Bookstore and publisher of the Lambda Book Report, started the awards in 1989.

Lesbian Author Tackles Edmund White, Gains a Deeper Understanding of the Gay Icon, the Writer, the Human Being

Janet Mason | Posted 07.08.2014 | Books
Janet Mason

When I heard about his latest book, I decided that it was time to read Edmund White. As a lesbian writer, I have very little in common with White, but as I kept reading Inside a Pearl, what I found was an Edmund White I could relate to -- one who could lay his life on the page.

How A Smash Musical Fueled One College's Gay Rights Debate

Reuters | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C., April 20 (Reuters) - Students at a South Carolina public university are snapping up tickets to the...