September 18, 2014

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…)

The Walt Whitman Award, Essex Hemphill, ‘Fun Home’ on Broadway, and More LGBT News

Posted on August 8, 2014 by in Features, News

This week in the LGBT-themed arts:

A $5,000 award, a first-publication deal with Graywolf Press and a residency in Umbria, Italy now make the Academy of American Poets‘ Walt Whitman Award for poetry debuts the most valuable such award in U.S. literature. (more…)

New in August: Richard House, Walter Frank, Penny Mickelbury, and Pier Paolo Pasolini

Posted on August 5, 2014 by in News

New month, new books! August  is upon us, and so are a slew of new and noteworthy LGBT books.

This month, writer Richard House delves into the “ashes of war-torn Iraq, Italy and areas in between¬†in the Man Booker Prize longlisted novel¬†The Kills¬†(Picador). (more…)

PEN Literary Awards, OutWrite in DC, Anna Paquin on Larry King, and More LGBT News

Posted on August 1, 2014 by in Features, News

This week in the LGBT-themed arts:

This year’s PEN Literary Awards have been announced, and gay poet Frank Bidart has won the $5000 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry. His citation, which singles out his most recent collection Metaphysical Dog,¬†reads, “No poet of our time has so embodied conflict, creating living expressions of a consciousness moving through guilts and unmastered desires without resorting to easy resolutions.” (more…)