‘The Best American Poetry 2012′ Launch Reading
Don’t miss this year’s The Best American Poetry launch reading on Thursday, September 20, 7:00 p.m. at The New School in New York City. Series Editor David Leham and Guest Editor Mark Doty will be presenting poets and poems from the 25th edition of the acclaimed series. Readers include queer poets: Eduardo C. Corral, Richard Howard, and Angelo Nikolopoulos, along with eighteen other talented contributors.
Find more info about the event here.
Every Day We Write the Book
Here’s a thought-provoking article from 2003 Lambda Literary Award winner in Young Adult Fiction, David Levithan (Boy Meets Boy). In discussing his recently released novel, Every Day, Levithan delves into concepts of gender and identity—the roles they play in everyday life, as well as how they are explored in his latest narrative.
The main character of Every Day is named A. Every morning, A wakes up in a different body and a different life. It has always been this way. As a result of having no set body, A has no set gender, race, sexuality, size, or ability, no set parents, religion, friends, or home. A is purely a self.
So the question in writing Every Day was this: How much do these things matter inherently, and how much do they matter because society makes them matter? I genuinely didn’t know what my answer was when I started writing. In many ways I wrote the book to figure it out. How much do we define ourselves, and how much are we defined by others?
Lez Liberty Lit #2: This Week You’re Here, Queer, Reading
If you haven’t already checked it out, take a gander at the awesome new literary column, Lez Liberty Lit: Your Biweekly Guide to Queer Lady Literature. To give you an idea, this week’s post includes: news of lesbian author Ali Liebegott’s “epic train trip across America,” conversations with JD Samson and Eileen Myles, Fempop’s recent article highlighting “the problem of lesbian representation in comic books,” and much much much more.
Q&A: Gay Fiction Publisher Ken Harrison of Seventh Window
Ken Harrison, publisher at Seventh Window, answers questions about today’s publishing industry, gay books, and mentions a few of Seventh Window’s forthcoming titles in an interview with the HuffingtonPost.