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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.

'The Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray', 'Foolish Hearts': Gay Love and Marriage?

Janet Mason | Posted 06.02.2014 | Books
Janet Mason

Love makes the world go round. And when it comes to LGBT civil rights, love is what all the fuss is all about. Two recent books from Cleis Press (both published in 2013) brought the idea of love to the forefront of my mind, in very different ways.

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.

The Interview as Cruising Ground (Part 1)

Christopher Hennessy | Posted 02.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Christopher Hennessy

My interview with Koestenbaum can read, at least in some moments, like flirting, or even cruising. There's double entendre; there's performance; there's even a moment in which we cozy up over one of his books, tracing fingers over line after sexual line of poetry.

Raphael Kadushin Gives Voice to LGBT Authors

Trebor Healey | Posted 09.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Trebor Healey

"We didn't have any LGBT list at all when I started as acquisitions editor [at the University of Wisconsin Press], but the real leap for us was incorporating more trade titles into our list.... And once I got the OK to do trade titles, I just saw so many strong LGBT titles going unpublished."

Trayvon Martin, the Voting Rights Act, the Repeal of DOMA and The Sin Warriors: We Are All Connected

Janet Mason | Posted 09.25.2013 | Books
Janet Mason

Unfortunately, it is safe to assume that had the U.S. Supreme Court not reached its verdict in 1967, many states would have kept their laws against interracial marriage for as long as they could.

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...

An Acclaimed Gay Author Surprises With Two New Novels

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 02.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

While A Horse Named Sorrow is a meditative tale set in San Francisco, Faun focuses on an adolescent boy discovering that his body is quickly morphing, but not into the expected stage of puberty. Healey was able to take some time with me to discuss his work and inspirations.

Refusing To Hide My Identity In Writing

A.J. Walkley | Posted 06.09.2012 | Gay Voices
A.J. Walkley

I am extremely proud of my identity within the LGBTQ community, and publicizing Queer Greer is currently one of my favorite joys. I readily characterize myself as a "queer" writer, irrespective of the topics I am writing on at any given time.

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.