This week on LambdaLiterary.org we feature 5 new poets Elliott F. Battzedek, Julie R. Enszer, Jason Schneiderman and Danielle Evennau. We stop by a reading with Christopher Rice and David Groff recaps AWP. Reviews include Benoit Denizet-Lewis’s essay collection ‘American Voyeur’, ‘Mute’ by Raymond Luczak, Patti Smith’s memoir, ‘Just Kids’, and the Lammy-nominated novel ‘Arusha’ by J.E. Knowles. Big News: Amazon.com makes $25,000 Grant to Lambda Literary Foundation for its Writers’ Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices.

5 POETS

Five Writers Who Taught Me How or Why to Write
by ELLIOTT F. BATTZEDEK
If you had only your writing tools, a few months, and a mere five words to save the life of your best friend, which words would you choose? How would you make those choices? …

5 Poets Who Changed My Life
by JULIE R. ENSZER
Reading Gertrude Stein is a maddening, frustrating, and rewarding experience for me. Recently, I’ve been exploring her modernist novel, ‘The Making of Americans,’ and flipping through her collected poems.

Five Poets Who Changed My Life
by JASON SCHNEIDERMAN
I hate the idea of “life changing.” It’s terrifying! Who wants to consider their life as a serendipitous bricolage rather than a carefully considered plan?

Five poets that changed my life…
by DANIELLE EVENNOU
Shockley’s work taught me that poetry is centerfold worthy. Her poem “a thousand words” is a literary and auditory masterpiece that both challenges and delights the reader.

REVIEWS

‘American Voyeur’ by Benoit Denizet-Lewis
by TOM EUBANKS
Alternately titillating and horrifying, “Double Lives on the Down Low” is a 27-year-old Midwestern “white boy” writer’s unflinching chronicle of a “black homosexual underground” that affects the entire country in disturbing and dangerous ways.

‘Mute’ by Raymond Luczak
by RIGOBERTO GONZALEZ
A deaf poet, Luczak offers plenty of helpful tips for men pursuing a relationship or romance with other men who also happen to be hearing-impaired.

Before They Were Legends: ‘Just Kids’ by Patti Smith
by REGINALD HARRIS
In July 1967, 20-year-old teachers college dropout Patti Smith got off a bus from Philadelphia in New York City, determined to become an artist. “No one expected me…Everything awaited me” …

‘Arusha’ by J.E. Knowles
by LARA ZIELINSKY
The issues at the heart of the struggle between spouses Edith and Joe center around his sexual urges. He’s been honest about the attractions he has for men since they married.

NEWS & COLUMNS

Amazon.com Makes $25,000 Grant to Lambda Literary Foundation for its
Writers’ Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices

by TONY VALENZUELA
The grant will support the Writers’ Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices, to be held August 8th through August 15th, 2010 at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles.

Christopher Rice in NYC: “My ideas come from the news”
by JEFF ADAMS
Even though Rice was trained in screenwriting, he shuns the idea of excessive outlining. He writes a rough draft (or what he calls the “burn draft – the draft I burn before anyone else can read it, even my editor”) so he can get everything on the page. Then he can start work on the revisions.

Yawp: Rocky Mountain High (AWP Recap)
by DAVID GROFF
The air may have been thin, but the conversations were thick with smarts, sparks, and arts. We queer writers established our own virtual village amid the vast metropolis of poets and prosemakers thronging the Hyatt Regency and the Colorado Convention Center.


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