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Gay Poetry

Dean Atta, Poetry and Poise

Diriye Osman | Posted 01.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

Dean Atta is a poet who's gifted, politically engaged and rigorous in his approach to his work. This is a potent mix and an appealing one at that. I ask him what advice he would give to his thirteen-year-old self and his response is wise and winningly direct.

A Drag Queen Queers Shakespeare

Michael Carosone | Posted 12.15.2014 | Gay 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 ...

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

Michael Carosone | Posted 11.12.2014 | Gay 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.

If You Want to Survive, Then You'll Celebrate Pride!

Michael Carosone | Posted 08.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

Another June. Another reason to celebrate LGBTQ Pride. Last year, I wrote: "It is that time of year again: June, when we celebrate gay pride.

I Want Poetry to Matter: A Manifesto

Michael Carosone | Posted 06.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

In celebration of National Poetry Month 2014, I present my new poem: a poetic manifesto for a new world. By the way, I also think that we need to queer or gayify National Poetry Month!

The Interview as Cruising Ground (Part 2)

Christopher Hennessy | Posted 02.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Christopher Hennessy

Explicitly stated or not, all of the interviews with the poets in my book, I believe, are affected or influenced by the many ways in which gay men encounter each other--intimately, antagonistically, as mirrors of each other's social position and history, or just as old friends.

Fired, Burnished and Glazed: Clay: Poems by David Groff

Tomas Mournian | Posted 01.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Tomas Mournian

Before I set out to interview poet and editor David Groff about his collection of poems, Clay, l spoke with Charles Flowers, publisher of the queer literary journal BLOOM, and asked him about a good entry point for this interview. "Grief," he said.

Poet Julie R. Enszer Talks Sisterhood, Her New Collection of Poems

Christopher Hennessy | Posted 11.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Christopher Hennessy

"First, what does it mean to live in a family that is broken and a world of brokenness and take responsibility, however partial, for that brokenness? Second, how can I believe in sisterhood in an imperfect, broken world?"

Praise for Annie Rachele Lanzillotto's Writing

Michael Carosone | Posted 09.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

I had the privilege of attending one of Annie Rachele Lanzillotto's events for her two new books: her memoir, L Is for Lion: An Italian Bronx Butch Fr...

More Gay Pride! More Gay Friction!

Michael Carosone | Posted 08.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

It is that time of year again: June, when we celebrate gay pride. It is also that time of year when the gay media ask the stupid, meaningless questio...

The Truth About Sex and Poetry: Interview With Alex Dimitrov, Author of Begging For It

Anis Shivani | Posted 07.06.2013 | Books
Anis Shivani

In his debut collectionBegging for It, Alex Dimitrov gives expression to a voice that is strong, insistent, sensual, passionate, and wounded

What Is Queer Poetry?

Michael Carosone | Posted 06.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

In celebration of National Poetry Month, I'm sharing this project of mine, which I completed for a poetry course that I took last semester. I created a handbook that asks and answers the question "what is queer poetry?" For this project I interviewed five queer poets.

Voice To Voice: Joan Larkin And Tony Leuzzi Discuss Poetry

Posted 03.27.2012 | Gay Voices

This month we've invited several LGBT authors to participate in our first ever Voice to Voice conversation series. Throughout January we'll feature in...