out and about
by gregg shapiro
poetry in motion
Gay poet Richard Blanco’s star continues to rise after he read his poem “One Today” at President Obama’s second inauguration in January 2013 (below). His 2012 poetry collection, Looking for The Gulf Motel (Pittsburgh, 2012), containing the poem “Queer Theory: According to My Grandmother,” is the winner of The Publishing Triangle’s Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry.
Multi-award winning lesbian poet Maureen Seaton’s eighth solo poetry collection Fibonacci Batman: New and Selected Poems (Carnegie Mellon, 2013) draws on six of her full-length books. Comprised of more than 60 poems, the book gives readers a firsthand look at the ongoing evolution of Seaton’s written work.
Straight ally, and a frequent collaborator of Seaton’s, Denise Duhamel returns with her 10th full-length book of poetry in Blowout (University of Pittsburgh, 2013). Anyone who has been through a difficult divorce or break-up will appreciate Duhamel’s insightful handling of the subject matter, put forth in her distinctive style.
Published last year, A Horse Named Sorrow (Terrace Books, 2012), by award-winning gay novelist Trebor Healey is a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, to be presented in June 2013, and is the recipient of The Ferro-Grumley Award from The Publishing Triangle.
Ali Liebegott’s latest novel Cha-Ching! (City Lights/Sister Spit, 2013) is set in the ‘90s, following “down-on-herluck queer girl” Theo’s relocation from San Francisco to Brooklyn, where her new circle of friends includes her roommate, her girlfriend, and a Pit Bull.
Can’t get enough queer historical fiction? Monica Nolan, author of Lois Lenz, Secretary, Bobby Blanchard, and Lesbian Gym Teacher is back for more pulpy and steamy Sapphic fun with Maxie Mainwaring, Lesbian Dilettante (Kensington, 2013), set in the fictional Bay City in the carefree mid 60s.
Musician-turnednovelist Steven Jordan Brooks takes us back in time, to the ‘70s, with Hollywood The Band (Authorhouse, 2013). Subtitled “A Tale of Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll,” the book touches on the sexual revolution, gay and women’s issues, as well as civil rights matters.
Consisting of interviews with queer youth, as well as essays by the author, In A Queer Voice: Journeys of Resilience from Adolescence to Adulthood (Temple University Press, 2013) by Michael Sadowski chronicles an unheard community and provides them with a forum in which to speak their minds.
Australian feminist/queer theorist Annamarie Jagose gets up close and personal with the illustrious and elusive orgasm in Orgasmology (Duke University Press, 2013). Jagose elevates the material beyond sex and sexual orientation, venturing into “agency, ethics, intimacy, modernity” and more.
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Published on Jun 5, 2013
Published on Jun 5, 2013
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