This week in the LGBTQ-themed arts:

Cultural Front has a long list of links to African-American poets reading their poetry as a part of the initiative #BlackPoetsSpeakOut, a response to a grand jury’s recent refusal to indict the officer who killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO.

On the same occasion, Autostraddle has provided an extensive reading list on racially charged perceptions and evaluations of blacks in America, and their effects; a Playboy interview with Martin Luther King, Jr. kicks off the list.

Gay poet Danez Smith has written an open letter to white poets inviting and imploring them to increase black representations in their works.

A new LGBTQ magazine is on shelves: Et Alors?, whose title translates roughly from French into “So what?”, is a Belgian-Dutch publication focused on drag costumes, diversity, positivity and the ease with which the genders are conflated.

Jacqueline Woodson, who recently won a National Book Award for Brown Girl Dreaming, writes about the critical, and incendiary, role of the watermelon in African-American history and stereotypes, and in her own life.

In its first-ever unanimous decision, the Brown Foundation has crowned Jen Silverman’s The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane, a tale of South Africa’s “corrective rape” facilities, the winner of its annual playwriting contest this year.

Out profiles the forthcoming revival of gay filmmaker Derek Jarman, the subject of a new book that reconfigures stills from his lost Super-8-on-a-tripod films of the 1970s and early ’80s as aesthetically fraught photographs.

Slate, by way of Vulture, offers a list of the thirty most influential explicit sex scenes in cinema history; Bound and Brokeback Mountain are in the top ten. (Link NSFW.)

British author P.D. James passed away last week; Slate chronicles her volatile, fluctuating relations with the political and literary LGBTQ community.

Butt Magazine interviews Travis Jeppesen, the still-youngish North Carolina-born author of Victims and, most recently, All Tell.

io9 showcases ten misconceptions about writing science-fiction and fantasy novels that writers–and readers–should labor to correct.

(Photo: Danez Smith. Courtesy of Narrative Northeast.)


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