October 21, 2014

United for Libraries Designates Literary Landmark for Walt Whitman

Posted on October 9, 2014 by in News

On September 5th, United for Libraries, an organization dedicated to supporting citizens who govern and advocate for all types of libraries, in partnership with the Suffolk County Library Association, Suffolk School Library Media Association, Lambda Literary Foundation and Empire State Center for the Book, designated the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site & Interpretive Center in Huntington Station, N.Y., a Literary Landmark.

S. Chris Shirley, board president of Lambda Literary, described Whitman as “America’s Shakespeare. Walt Whitman gave us our voice. (more…)

New in October: Alan Cumming, Tove Jansson, Colm Toíbín, Alexis Coe, Christopher Rice, and Amy Scholder

Posted on October 5, 2014 by in Features, News

New month, new books! Fall is upon us, and so are a slew of new and noteworthy LGBT books. (more…)

Walt Whitman’s Gay Saloon, Rabih Alameddine’s National Book Award Nomination, and More LGBT News

Posted on October 1, 2014 by in Features, News

This week in the LGBT-themed arts:

Brain Pickings profiles Pfaff’s, a 19th-century New York City saloon which is also the earliest known example of a gay bar in the U.S. The bar was a refuge for Walt Whitman in the aftermath of the publication of Leaves of Grass and is discussed in a new book by Justin Martin called Rebel Souls. (more…)

Robert O’Hara’s New Play ‘Bootycandy,’ the MacArthur Fellowship Winners, and More LGBT News

Posted on September 17, 2014 by in Features, News

This week in the LGBT-themed arts:

Playwright Horizons is showcasing Robert O’Hara’s new play Bootycandy, a scathing and extremely politically incorrect satire focusing on the intersections of gay life and black culture, and featuring five versatile actors playing multiple roles. (more…)

The Inauguration of ‘Nepantla’ in Chicago

Posted on September 7, 2014 by in Features, News

On Thursday, September 4, Chicago celebrated the release of the first issue of Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color.

The event, which was co-sponsored by Lambda Literary, was held in the auditorium of the Poetry Foundation and consisted of readings by four queer poets from the greater Chicago area. Their readings were deeply personal and moving. (more…)

A Pier Paolo Pasolini Biopic, Bret Easton Ellis Interviewed, a Sylvester Musical, and More LGBT News

Posted on September 7, 2014 by in Features, News

This week in the LGBT-themed arts:

Controversial Italian writer-filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini is the subject of a biopic directed by Abel Ferrera and starring Willem Dafoe, which will focus on the mystery surrounding Pasolini’s murder in 1975 and whether it occurred at the hands of a neo-fascist gang, an underage hustler whom Pasolini was trying to proposition, or some other party. (more…)

New in September: Sarah Waters, Cookie Mueller, Christos Tsiolkas, Jericho Brown, Saeed Jones, Daisy Hernandez, and Douglas Ray

Posted on September 4, 2014 by in News

New month, new books! September is upon us, and so are a slew of new and noteworthy LGBT books. (more…)

Giovanni’s Room, the Cape Henlopen Censorship Controversy, and More LGBT News

Posted on August 24, 2014 by in Features, News

This week in the LGBT-themed arts:

The rumor reported in an earlier roundup has been confirmed: Philly AIDS Thrift has signed a two-year lease that will keep Giovanni’s Room–the oldest LGBT bookstore in the U.S.–open in the same location, saving it from permanently closing its doors. (more…)

James Franco Plays Ex-Gay Journalist, Queering Franz Kafka, and More LGBT News

Posted on August 16, 2014 by in Features, News

This week in the LGBT-themed arts:

James Franco is portraying Michael Glatze,  a former gay journalist and founder of two LGBT publications who inexplicably became a right-wing Christian and renounced his sexuality, in the upcoming biopic Michael, which is currently in production. The film is an adaptation of a 2011 New York Times Magazine article by writer Benoit Denizet-Lewis. (more…)

View Pictures from this Year’s Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices

Posted on August 15, 2014 by in News

Lambda Literary’s Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices took place this month from the 3rd of August to the 10th in Los Angles, California. The retreat–the first program of its kind ever offered to LGBTQ writers–is a one-week intensive workshop immersion in fiction, nonfiction, genre fiction and poetry. The retreat is an unparalleled opportunity for emerging writers to learn from the very best writers in the LGBT community. (more…)