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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?

This Book Is Creating A Space For Queer Black Boys In Children's Literature

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A groundbreaking new book aims to create a space for queer black boys in children's literature and help young kids of color see themselves reflected i...

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.

Justin Sayre Opens Up About His New Book, Husky

Phillip M. Miner | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Phillip M. Miner

I've been a fan of Justin Sayre's work for a while now. I watch his stand up on YouTube and love his podcast, "Sparkle & Circulate." His spot-on analysis of gay culture is always a treat and was exceedingly excited when I learned Sayre was working on his first novel for young adults.

'Sphinx' Is An Erotic Novel Without Genders

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 07.30.2015 | Arts

In Margaret Atwood’s classic, cheeky short story “Happy Endings” she takes a swift jab at the tropes we rely on when we tell storie...

John R. Gordon, a Master Novelist

Diriye Osman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Diriye Osman

John R. Gordon is one of the finest novelists working today. His latest novel, Souljah, about a gay former child soldier navigating the harsh realities of life as a newly-arrived immigrant in London, is a spellbinding masterpiece that has just been shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award.

This Author Just Released Your Soon-To-Be New Favorite Queer Young Adult Paranormal Novel

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Dark Rites is the latest installment in the five-part "Immortal Testimonies" book series by author Jeremy Jordan King. The Huffington Post previous...

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?

Go for It: An Interview With Author Angelic Rodgers

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 12.28.2014 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

'Ultimately, my advice would be the same for any writers -- write about real characters and interesting plot lines. LGBT readers want representation, not lectures or sob stories (at least not all of the time).'

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.

Paul Burston's Polari, the Most Exciting Literary Movement in London

Diriye Osman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Diriye Osman

Paul Burston, the creator of the Polari Literary Salon in London, has, through sheer charm, hard work and diligence, transformed the possibilities of what a literary event should be: a space crackling with energy, ideas, excitement, raucousness and just plain ole fun.

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...

Everything Must Be Queered... or Gayified, or Lavenderized, or Bent

Michael Carosone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Carosone

For many years I have been thinking more and more that everything must be, should be, and can be queered, or gayified, or lavenderized, or bent. At conferences, or in classes, or during conversations, I consistently say that I am only interested in queering things.

The Dazzling Story of an Older, Gay, Caribbean Dandy

Diriye Osman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Diriye Osman

By writing directly in the voice of an older, gay Caribbean man, Bernardine Evaristo, who's British-Nigerian and a woman, has executed an extraordinary act of ventriloquism that crosses gender boundaries as well as racial, cultural, sexual and linguistic differences.

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.

LGBT Literature: It's Not All Life and Death

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

Two Internet memes are promoting literary issues that I care about deeply. On May 1, 2, and 3, a groups of activists using Twitter hashtags raised awareness about the need for diverse characters and story lines in children's and young adult books.

'Other Voices, Other Classrooms': The Musings of a Gay Middle School Teacher

J. Patrick Redmond | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
J. Patrick Redmond

I have experienced my share of intolerance and "chin-wagging" from adults whose world perspective is limited. It is my goal to populate the world, as best I can via education, with the antidote to these kinds of die-hards and dogmatists.

A Reading List for a New Generation of Gay Men

Chris Davis | Posted 05.24.2014 | Books
Chris Davis

"We resent you. You astonish us." I understand those two sentences, but will others that come after me? It made me wonder if the newer generation of gay men remembered our recent history and sacrifices that helped them get to where they are today.

This Is How You Teach AIDS Literature

Michael Carosone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Carosone

This past fall 2013 semester, I taught a freshman seminar course in literature and history, as part of the First Year Experience Program at New Jersey...

Don Weise's Many Years in Gay Publishing Offer a Unique and Encouraging Perspective

Trebor Healey | Posted 02.05.2014 | Books
Trebor Healey

If Magnus is any indication, LGBT lit is clearly alive and well and forging ahead into uncharted territory, discovering new and unheard voices.

Learning About Gay History With... Vampires, Witches, Ghosts And Demons

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Night Creatures is the latest installment in the five-part "Immortal Testimonies," by author Jeremy Jordan King, which seeks to positively represent q...

Author Spotlight: Drake Braxton

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

Drake Braxton's debut novel, MISSING, is a fun and sexy read, detailing what happens when a happily married man journeys to the Deep South for a high school reunion, only to find that his husband has mysteriously disappeared.

Q&A: Debut Gay Fiction Author Jeffrey Luscombe

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

Edge on the Net says that Shirts and Skins is nothing but authentic in its pathos, eloquent in its delivery, and well worth the read," and, having recently read the book, I can agree.

10 LGBTQ Young Adult Novels To Make It Better

Malinda Lo | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Malinda Lo

I wanted to make sure that this list was representative of all the letters in the QUILTBAG spectrum. I focused on books with a positive outlook, and I aimed for a mix of "classics" and new books while also seeking out characters of color.

Modern-Day Algonquin: A Round-Table Discussion With 5 Gay Authors

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 06.02.2012 | Books
Kergan Edwards-Stout

Recently, a few of us connected to discuss our craft and the state of gay literature today. It was with great pleasure that I joined with Gregory G. Allen, David G. Hallman, Carey Parrish, and Arthur Wooten in our own gay take on the Algonquin round table.