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Last night the Publishing Triangle held its 25th Annual Triangle Awards ceremony at The New School in New York, honoring the best LGBT fiction, nonfiction, and poetry published in 2012. Among this year’s winners are: Lysley Tenorio for her debut novel Monstress, Richard Blanco for his poetry collection Looking for the Gulf Motel, and Alison Bechdel for her graphic memoir Are You My Mother?
See the full list of winners and finalists here.
Wikipedia Bumps Women from ‘American Novelists’ Category
This past Tuesday author Amanda Filipacchi told The New York Times that she discovered Wikipedia editors had been bumping women “one by one, alphabetically, from the ‘American novelists’ category to the ‘American women novelists’ subcategory” with an explanation that the ‘American novelists’ list is too long and needs to be divided “whenever possible.”
As a result, Google searches for ‘American novelists’ had been appearing as primarily men, minus the women whose last names come later in the alphabet. Filipacchi also took note that writer Edwidge Danticat had been pushed from the ‘Haitian novelists’ list into ‘Haitian women novelists,’ proving a similar sexism towards women from other countries.
Filipacchi informed many of her female writer friends who have helped spread the word at a “phenomenal rate,” and according the Guardian, Wikipedia editors have now begun adding women back into the ‘American novelists’ category—though they continue to dispute the controversy.
From the Guardian:
“Women writers are consistently underrepresented, their work receiving much less attention than that of their male counterparts. In 2012 the New York Review of Books reviewed only 40 female authors, as opposed to 215 male authors,” wrote Abigail Grace Murdy on the publisher Melville House’s blog. “The subcategory ‘American women novelists’ simply reflects a widespread and belittling perception of women writers that already exists. But in reflecting that perception, Wikipedia perpetuates it, and the sexism marches on.”
Bret Easton Ellis’ Tweets Provoke ‘Ban’ from Gay Media Awards
Last weekend author Bret Easton Ellis announced via his Twitter account that he would not be among the 5,000 guests attending the GLAAD Media Awards, “where President Bill Clinton received the Advocate for Change Award.” Bret was apparently “banned from the premises” after GLAAD learned an attendee had planned to bring him as their guest.
GLAAD vice president of communications, Rich Ferraro, later told The Hollywood Reporter that the organization spoke with said guest about Bret’s recent tweets, which have been received negatively by many in the LGBT community. “We also asked for a time to sit down with Bret,” he said, “[The attendee] decided to replace Bret with a different guest and there has been no response to the offer of a meeting.”
From Hollywood Reporter:
“As a gay man in a domestic partnership who plans to get married I’m sad to hear I’ve been banned by GLAAD from attending tomorrow’s event,” the American Psycho author wrote. “GLAAD is supposedly ‘furious’ about my tweets. And I’m guessing not the ones concerning my boyfriend or how sexy I think Adam Driver is.”
No, probably not. More likely were Ellis’ tweets about actor Matthew Bomer, whom he felt was not qualified to play the protagonist in a 50 Shades of Grey movie because he’s openly gay.
[…]Or the time in 2011 when he likened watching Glee to stepping “into a puddle of HIV.”
According to Ellis, GLAAD told his friend to warn him not to go public about their decision, particularly via his Twitter account. One day after the event, Ellis tweeted: “Bill Clinton signed DOMA and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and cheated on Hillary. I dissed Glee and Matt Bomer as Christian Grey. GLAAD: RIGHT ON!”
Short Interview with Poet Jonathan Galassi
In celebration of National Poetry Month, GalleyCat conducted a short interview with poet Jonathan Galassi about his career, future projects, and the advice he has to offer aspiring poets.