25th Annual Lambda Literary Award Judges

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ― Marcel Proust

We are tremendously grateful to the outstanding Lammy judges whose hard work and critical acuity made this year’s awards possible.  Just as the Lammy finalists exemplify excellence in LGBT literature, Lammy judges exemplify the excellence of the LGBT literary community.  All judges must demonstrate a strong interest and participation in the LGBT literary community consistent with Lambda Literary Foundation’s mission to nurture, celebrate and preserve LGBT literature.  Such interest may be shown in a variety of ways, including writing, editing, reviewing, publishing, promoting, selling and  teaching LGBT literature.  In addition to demonstrating the competence to judge the category to which they are assigned, all judges must also possess the necessary diligence, integrity, objectivity and confidentiality to adhere to high standards of excellence required of the Lammy process.  Please join us in thanking this year’s extraordinary cadre of judges:

 

  • Michael Amico is a PhD candidate in American Studies at Yale University. He is the co-author, with Michael Bronski and Ann Pellegrini, of You Can Tell Just By Looking: And 20 Other Myths about LGBT Life and People.

 

  • E.R. Anderson is a queer Southern writer, bookseller, and editor from Atlanta, GA. She is a Lambda Literary Fellow and Executive Director of Charis Circle, the non-profit programming arm of Charis Books and More, the nation’s oldest and largest feminist bookstore.

 

  • Alysia Angel is a southern-bred Lakota and working-class queer high femme. She is a Lambda Literary Foundation Fellow whose work has appeared in numerous publications including Say Please, Leather Ever After, and Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love & Fashion.

 

  • S. Bear Bergman is an award-winning author, storyteller, educator and shit-disturber. A current Lammy finalist, Bear has published five books, toured the US and Canada as a storyteller, and won audience choice awards at three consecutive National Gay & Lesbian Theatre Festivals.

 

  • Jen Benka is the author of the poetry collections Pinko and A Box of Longing with Fifty Drawers. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing, Poetry from The New School and is Executive Director of the Academy of American Poets.

 

  • Phyllis M. Betz teaches English at La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA. Much of her critical work focuses on lesbian writers of popular genres, and she has written three books on lesbian detective fiction, lesbian romances, and lesbian fantasy/gothic literature.

 

  • Lucy Jane Bledsoe is a four-time Lammy finalist. Among her many awards are the Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Prize, the Arts & Letters Fiction Prize, the Sherwood Anderson Prize for Fiction, and a California Arts Council Fellowship.

 

  • Dennis Bolin is an avid reader and collector of gay mysteries and lives in Dallas. His essay on the enduring legacy of bestsellers with gay themes from the mid-twentieth century appears in The Golden Age of Gay Fiction.

 

  • Kylar W. Broadus, J.D., is a professor, attorney, activist, and public speaker from Missouri. He is the founder of the Trans People of Color Coalition (TPOCC) and a founding board member of The Transgender Law and Policy Institute.

 

  • Michael Bronski is Professor of Practice in Media and Activism in Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality at Harvard University. His works include A Queer History of the United States and The Pleasure Principle: Sex, Backlash and the Struggle for Gay Freedom.

 

  • Laurinda D. Brown-Johnson is the author of seven novels, including the Lammy winner Walk Like A Man and Lammy Finalist Fire & Brimstone. She is a featured writer in the anthologies Longing, Lust, and Love: Black Lesbian Stories and Purple Panties.

 

  • Barbara Browning is the author of the novels The Correspondence Artist (winner of a 2011 Lammy) and I’m Trying to Reach You, as well as the audio novel Who Is Mr. Waxman? and two academic books. She teaches in the Department of Performance Studies at NYU.

 

  • Victoria A. Brownworth is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated and Lammy, SPJ and NLGJA award-winning journalist. She is the author and editor of more than 30 books, including Too Queer: Essays from a Radical Life, Restricted Access and Coming Out of Cancer.

 

  • Diana Cage teaches writing at Pratt Institute and is the author of Girl Meets Girl: A Dating Survival Guide, Bottoms Up: Writing About Sex, the On Our Backs Guide to Lesbian Sex, and Mind-Blowing Sex: A Woman’s Guide.

 

  • Charles Casillo is the author of The Marilyn Diaries, Outlaw: The Lives and Careers of John Rechy, The Fame Game, and Boys, Lost & Found. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and New York Magazine.

 

  • Sandra (Chap) Chapman is the Director of Diversity and Community at Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School (LREI) in NYC. She is former co-chair of the New York State Association of Independent School’s Diversity Committee.

 

  • Faith Cheltenham, the president of BiNet USA, is a longtime advocate for people of color and bisexual communities. She has written on LGBT issues for Advocate.com and HuffingtonPost.com, and was named one of Advocate magazine’s “Forty under 40.”

 

  • Justin Chin is the award-winning author of 98 Wounds, Bite Hard, Attack of the Man-Eating Lotus Blossoms, Harmless Medicine, Gutted, Burden of Ashes and Mongrel. A five-time Lammy finalist, he won the Publishing Triangle’s Thom Gunn Award for Poetry.

 

  • Philip Clark co-edited Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS. He is currently editing the selected poems of Donald Britton; co-editing a scholarly edition of The Intersexes (1908); and researching H. Lynn Womack and Washington DC’s Guild Press.

 

  • Jeanne Córdova is a pioneering activist and a founder of the West Coast LGBTQ movement. Her latest work, When We Were Outlaws: a Memoir of Love & Revolution, won a Lammy and the Publishing Triangle’s Judy Grahn Award for Non-Fiction.

 

  • Eduardo C. Corral is the 2011 recipient of the Yale Series of Younger Poets award, a Whiting Writers’ Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry 2012, New England Review, and Poetry.

 

  • Suzanne Corson was proprietress of feminist/LGBTQ bookstore Boadecia’s for 12 years; a freelance writer for AfterEllen.com, Bay Area BusinessWomen’s News, and Girlfriends magazine, among others; and former executive editor of On Our Backs magazine and Books to Watch Out For.

 

  • Dan Cullinane is a former publishing executive who now teaches etymology, literature, and creative writing at Freedom Mountain Academy in NE Tennessee, where he is also lucky enough to spend one week a month backpacking in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains.

 

  • Jameson Currier is the author of eight works of fiction including Where the Rainbow Ends, a Lambda finalist in gay fiction, and The Haunted Heart and Other Tales. In 2010 he founded Chelsea Station Editions, an independent press devoted to gay literature.

 

  • Richard Davis reviews gay and m/m romance under the pen name Dick Smart in “Book Lovers” for Lambda Literary.org. He is a contributing writer for QVegas magazine in Las Vegas and an activist for a smoke-free LGBT community. Breathe fresh.

 

  • Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla is a syndicated journalist and filmmaker. His debut novel, Ode to Lata, was the first South Asian gay novel to be reviewed by the LA Times and his most recent work, The Two Krishnas, was a 24th Annual Lammy finalist.

 

  • Morty Diamond is a transsexual artist, writer, and filmmaker currently finishing his BA in Sociology at UC Berkeley. He has published two books: Trans/Love: Sex, Dating and Relationships Beyond the Gender Binary and From the Inside Out: FTM and Beyond.

 

  • Desiree Diaz is an editor/writer who is currently taking a break from publishing to teach ESL in Japan. Originally from New York City, Desiree’s tastes in genres is varied, but she leans toward non-fiction (self-help), science fiction/fantasy, and the occasional romance.

 

  • Viet Dinh was born in Dalat, Vietnam, and teaches at the University of Delaware. He has received a Fiction Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and his work appears in the 2009 PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories and numerous literary journals.

 

  • Nisa Donnelly is a two-time Lammy winner who lives, writes, and makes art in a mountainside cabin in far-northern California. She is currently working on a free-wheeling literary memento based around life on a marijuana farm.

 

  • Qwo-Li Driskill is the author of Walking with Ghosts: Poems and the co-editor of Queer Indigenous Studies: Critical Interventions in Theory, Politics and Literature and Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature. S/he is assistant professor of Queer Studies at Oregon State University.

 

  • Larry Duplechan is the author of five novels, including Blackbird (1986) and the Lambda Literary Award-winning Got ‘til it’s Gone (2008), and is currently editing Best Gay Erotica 2014 (Cleis Press). As “Choklit Daddy” he creates digital homoerotic art (ChoklitDaddysSketchbook.blogspot.com).

 

  • Toby Emert is an Associate Professor at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, GA. His scholarship focuses on multi-cultural education, especially queer issues. He has published interviews with numerous Lammy winners, including Alex Sanchez, Ellen Wittlinger, Julia Watts, and Bill Konigsberg.

 

  • Julie R. Enszer is the author of Handmade Love (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2010) and Sisterhood, a chapbook (Seven Kitchens Press, 2010), and editor of the Lammy finalist Milk and Honey: A Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2011). More at www.JulieREnszer.com.

 

  • Craig Laurance Gidney writes contemporary, young adult (YA) and genre fiction. His collection, Sea, Swallow Me and Other Stories (Lethe Press) was a 2009 Lammy finalist. His latest work, Bereft, a YA novella about bullying, was released this year by Tiny Satchel Press.

 

  • Jewelle Gomez, writer and activist, is the author of seven books including the double Lambda Award-winning vampire novel, The Gilda Stories. Her play about James Baldwin, Waiting for Giovanni, premiered last year in San Francisco. Follow her @VampyreVamp.

 

  • Rigoberto González is the award-winning author of 15 books of poetry and prose. He is contributing editor for Poets & Writers Magazine, on the executive board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle, and an associate professor of English at Rutgers-Newark.

 

  • Nicola Griffith is a six-time Lammy-winning novelist, essayist, editor, teacher and blogger.  Co-editor of the groundbreaking Bending the Landscape LGBT speculative fiction series, she has won the Nebula, the James Tiptree Jr., the World Fantasy and six Lambda Literary Awards.

 

  • Drewey Wayne Gunn is Professor Emeritus at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. His two latest books are a new edition of The Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film and the forthcoming 1960s Gay Pulp Fiction: The Misplaced Heritage, co-edited with Professor Jaime Harker.

 

  • James Earl Hardy is an honors graduate of Columbia University’s School of Journalism and author of the best-selling B-Boy Blues series, including Lammy finalist B-Boy Blues, The Day Eazy-E Died, Love The One You’re With, and A House is Not a Home.

 

  • Michael Hames-Garcia is a professor of ethnic studies at the University of Oregon. His works include Identity Complex: Making the Case for Multiplicity and the Lammy-winning Gay Latino Studies: A Critical Reader (co-edited with Ernesto J. Martínez).

 

  • Reginald Harris is Poetry in The Branches Coordinator and Information Technology Director for Poets House. A Pushcart Prize nominee and finalist for a Lammy and the Griot-Stadler prize, he won the 2012 Cave Canem/Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize for Autogeography.

 

  • Arden Eli Hill is pursuing a PhD at UNL and was recently promoted to Senior Poetry Reader for Prairie Schooner. Arden won first place in the Gaffney/American Academy of Poets contest and is currently working on a fictionalized memoir told in poems.

 

  • Holly Hughes is a performer, writer and professor at the University of Michigan, where she directs the program in Interarts Performance. She’s the co-editor (with David Roman) of the Lammy-winning collection O Solo Homo: The New Queer Performance.

 

  • Saeed Jones is a Lambda Literary Fellow and editor of BuzzFeed LGBT. His work has appeared in Ebony, The Rumpus, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Jubilat & The Collagist, and was featured on Oprah’s Life Lift Blog and the Melissa Harris-Perry Blog.

 

  • Michael Kahn is the Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC. From 1992–2006, he was the Richard Rodgers Director of the Drama Division of the Juilliard School, where he has been a leading member of the faculty since its founding.

 

  • Mercedes Lewis loves simple things, including reading, traveling and spending time with those she loves. She writes short stories and poetry, and serves as Director At-Large for Member Outreach for the Golden Crown Literary Society.

 

  • Malinda Lo is the author of young adult novels including the current Lammy contender Adaptation, and past Lammy finalists Ash and Huntress. The former managing editor of AfterEllen.com, she won NLGJA’s Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for Excellence in LGBT Journalism.

 

  • Dawn Lundy Martin is author of A Gathering of Matter / A Matter of Gathering; DISCIPLINE (Nightboat Books), a finalist for the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and Candy. She is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh.

 

  • Donna J. McBride is a happily retired publisher who has played a huge role in the promotion of lesbian literature. She and her late partner, Barbara Grier, ran Naiad Press for 30 years. They were awarded the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Pioneer Award in 2002.

 

  • Penny Mickelbury is the author of ten mystery novels, two of which were Lammy finalists. A former reporter, she continues to write journalistic non-fiction and is a frequent contributor to such publications as Black Issues Book Review, www.Africana.com, and the Washington Blade.

 

  • Jesse Monteagudo is a freelance writer/journalist and long-time activist who has contributed to the print and online LGBT press for more than 35 years. His essays and short stories have been published in over 30 fiction and non-fiction anthologies.

 

  • Lisa C. Moore is the founder and editor of RedBone Press, which publishes work celebrating the culture of black lesbians and gay men. She is board co-president of Fire & Ink, an advocacy organization for LGBT writers of African descent.

 

  • Lisa L. Moore is a Lammy-winning poet and critic who teaches literature, feminist and LGBT studies, and creative writing at The University of Texas at Austin. Her most recent book is Sister Arts: The Erotics of Lesbian Landscapes.

 

  • Deb Morris is a former bookseller who began her career at Lammas Women’s Bookstore and later as a buyer at Politics and Prose (both in Washington, DC). She also worked at the Pacifica Radio Network and the documentary series, Soundprint.

 

  • Lucy Mukerjee is Vice President of Production & Development at After Dark Films where she identifies and develops feature projects. Her production credits include ten theatrical horror films for Lionsgate, as well as four original movies for the Syfy Channel.

 

  • Eric Nguyen is a writer and activist whose short stories have been featured in Best Gay Romance 2011, Wilde Oats, Gay Flash Fiction, and Pank. In 2012 he edited the charity anthology Resilience: Stories, Poems, Essays, Words for LGBT Teens.

 

  • Gregory L. Norris is a professional writer and former feature writer and columnist at Sci F Magazine. His works include The Q Guide To Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The Fierce and Unforgiving Muse: Twenty-Six Tales From The Terrifying Mind of Gregory L. Norris

 

  • Denise Penn is a California-based writer, editor, and television producer who has covered the LGBT community for two decades. She is also a clinical social worker and bi-activist, currently with the American Institute of Bisexuality.

 

  • Felice Picano is considered a founder of modern gay literature. A four-time Lammy finalist and winner of the Ferro-Grumley and Syndicated Fiction/PEN Awards, his most recent work includes True Stories, Contemporary Gay Romances, Twelve O’clock Tales, and 20th Century Un-limited.

 

  • Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer disabled Sri Lankan writer, teacher, and cultural worker. She is the author of Consensual Genocide and the Lammy-winning Love Cake and co-editor of The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities.

 

  • Jim Provenzano is the author of Every Time I Think of You (2012 Lammy winner for Gay Romance), PINS, Monkey Suits, and Cyclizen, as well as numerous short stories and freelance articles. He is an editor with Bay Area Reporter.

 

  • John Prusak is an award-winning psychologist and LGBT book enthusiast. He works with GLBT teenagers and has provided counseling services at LGBT alternative schools, offered professional consultation to educators working with LGBT teenagers, and written an LGBT curriculum manual.

 

  • Oscar Raymundo created the pioneering “HomoTech” column, exploring the confluence of technology and gay sex. His writing has appeared in Wired, RollingStone.com and Queerty.com. He is working on a futuristic novel based on his blog, “Confessions of a Boy Toy.”

 

  • Glen Retief is a South African-American writer. His memoir, The Jack Bank, won a Lambda Literary Award and was selected by the Africa Book Club as one of the best books about Africa in 2011. He teaches creative nonfiction at Susquehanna University.

 

  • Chandan Reddy is Associate Professor of English at the University of Washington. He is the author of Freedom With Violence: Race, Sexuality and the U.S. State, as well as numerous essays and articles on the topic of race, sexuality and late capitalism.

 

  • Rrrose is of mixed Arab/Latino descent and loves languages, writing, reading, photography, motorcycling, pool, dancing, and women, not necessarily in that order. Her works include the poetry collection Attar and the Goldie finalist, Romance: Mild to Wild.

 

  • Lawrence Schimel is a two-time Lammy winner and founding member and former Chair or the Publishing Triangle. He writes in both Spanish and English and has published over 100 titles as author or anthologist, most recently the poetry collection DELETED NAMES.

 

  • Carol Seajay read her first lesbian book in 1965, started working at A Woman’s Place Bookstore (1974), launched Old Wives’ Tales (1976), and published Feminist Bookstore News (1976–2000). She currently finances her book habit with bookkeeping and occasionally blogs at www.BooksToWatchOutFor.com.

 

  • Mark Simon is an actor and chronic bibliomane who was an original member of Paul Sills’ Story Theatre Company in Chicago. Television work took him to Los Angeles, where he became head buyer for A Different Light Bookstore and The Samuel French Bookstores.

 

  • SJ Sindu received an MA in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Sindu’s creative writing focuses on traditionally silenced voices—the immigrant, the poor, the queer, the female-bodied—and has appeared in Brevity, Water~Stone Review, Harpur Palate, and elsewhere.

 

  • Griselda Suarez is a Lambda Literary Fellow and author of Concrete River Boulevard, a poetry collection nominated for the California Book Prize. Her work has been published by Aunt Lute Press, Seal Press, Acentos Literary Review, and Sinister Wisdom.

 

  • Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is an author and editor whose latest anthology, Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform (AK Press 2012), is a Stonewall Honor Book and a current Lammy finalist (mattildabernsteinsycamore.com).

 

  • Mike Szymanski co-authored (with Nicole Kristal) the Lammy-winning work The Bisexuals Guide to the Universe, and continues to write about bi issues for the Bisexual Examiner and BiMagazine.org. He teaches journalism at UCLA Extension and is editor of StudioCity.Patch.com.

 

  • Cecilia Tan is the author of many books, novels, stories, and serials, including Daron’s Guitar Chronicles, The Prince’s Boy, Black Feathers, and Slow Surrender. She is the founder and editorial director of Circlet Press, Inc., publishers of erotic science fiction.

 

  • Tristan Taormino is a Lammy-winning writer, sex educator, speaker, and filmmaker. She is the editor of 25 anthologies, the author of seven books, and producer/host of Sex Out Loud, a weekly radio show on the VoiceAmerica Network.

 

  • Lourdes Torres is a Vincent de Paul Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at DePaul University. She is the editor of the journal, Latino Studies, author of Puerto Rican Discourse and co-editor of Tortilleras: Hispanic and Latina Lesbian Expression and Third World Women and the Politics of Feminism.

 

  • Kirya Traber is a nationally awarded writer, performing artist, and educator pursuing an MFA in Acting at the New School for Drama. Her work is featured in the pages of Other Tongues: Mixed Race Women Speak Out and the chapbook, black chick.

 

  • Charlie Vázquez is the author of the novels Buzz and Israel and Contraband and the bilingual poetry collection Meditations/Meditaciones: Bronx/Salsa. He has edited two anthologies of queer Latino literature: The Best of PANIC! and From Macho to Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction (with Charles Rice-González).

 

  • Linda Villarosa is an award-winning author, publishing/editorial consultant, and program director of the journalism department at the City College of New York where she teaches writing and media studies. Her first novel, Passing for Black, was a Lammy finalist.

 

  • Julia Watts is the author of a whole bunch of novels, including the Lammy-winning Finding H.F. and Lammy finalist The Kind of Girl I Am. Her new YA novel, Secret City, will be published by Bella Books in fall 2013.

 

  • Rebekah Weatherspoon is the author of the Vampire Sorority Sisters series from Bold Strokes Books. She has a degree in European Literature from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and lives and works in southern California.

 

  • Shane L. Windmeyer, M.S., Ed., is a leading author on gay campus issues, national leader in gay and lesbian civil rights, and champion for LGBT issues on college campuses. He is founder and executive director of Campus Pride.

 

  • Emanuel Xavier is an award-winning spoken word artist. His works include Americano: Growing up Gay and Latino in the USA., Pier Queen, Mariposas: A Modern Anthology of Queer Latino Poetry and Me No Habla with Acento: Contemporary Latino Poetry.