The Publishing Triangle, the association of lesbian and gay men in publishing, have announced the winners for their annual literary awards. 

This year’s Triangle Awards ceremony were held on April 24, 2014, at the Auditorium of the New School (66 West 12th Street in New York City). The Bill Whitehead Award for lifetime achievement was bestowed upon playwright María Irene Fornés during the ceremony. In addition, the Publishing Triangle presented its special Leadership Award to Sinister Wisdom magazine. Created in 2002, this award recognizes contributions to LGBT literature by those who are not primarily writers—editors, librarians, institutions, agents, and others. For more award details click here.

Winners and finalists are below.

The Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction

  • White Girls, by Hilton Als (McSweeney’s) [Winner]
  • Henry Darger: Throwaway Boy, by Jim Elledge (Overlook)
  • Oye Loca: From the Mariel Boat Lift to Gay Cuban Miami, by Susana Peña (University of Minnesota Press)
  • Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous Gender Creative Son, by Lori Duron (Broadway Books/Crown)

The Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction

  • Passionate Commitments: The Lives of Anna Rochester and Grace Hutchins, by Julia M. Allen (SUNY Press) [Winner]
  • Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive, by Julia Serano (Seal Press)
  • Growing Up Golem, by Donna Minkowitz (Magnus Books/Riverdale Avenue Books)
  • Passionate Commitments: The Lives of Anna Rochester and Grace Hutchins, by Julia M. Allen (SUNY Press)
  • Stuck in the Middle with You: A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders, by Jennifer Finney Boylan (Crown)

The Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry

  • Enchantée, by Angie Estes (Oberlin College Press) [Winner]
  • Butch Geography, by Stacey Waite (Tupelo Press)
  • Enchantée, by Angie Estes (Oberlin College Press)
  • She Has a Name, by Kamilah Aisha Moon (Four Way Books)
  • Swoop, by Hailey Leithauser (Graywolf Press)

 The Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry

  • All the Heat We Could Carry, by Charlie Bondhus (Main Street Rag) [Winner] 
  • Sacrilegion, by L. Lamar Wilson (Carolina Wren Press)
  • The Talking Day, by Michael Klein (Sibling Rivalry Press)
  • Unpeopled Eden, by Rigoberto González (Four Way Books)

The Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction

  • If You Could Be Mine, by Sara Farizan (Algonquin Young Readers) [Winner]
  • All This Talk of Love, by Christopher Castellani (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)
  • If You Could Be Mine, by Sara Farizan (Algonquin Young Readers) [Winner]
  • Local Souls, by Allan Gurganus (Liveright/W.W. Norton)
  • The Two Hotel Francforts, by David Leavitt (Bloomsbury USA)
  • Where You Can Find Me, by Sheri Joseph (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press)

The Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction

  • If You Could Be Mine, by Sara Farizan (Algonquin Young Readers) [Winner]
  • An Honest Ghost, by Rick Whitaker (Jaded Ibis Press)
  • How to Shake the Other Man, by Derek Palacio (Nouvella)
  • If You Could Be Mine, by Sara Farizan (Algonquin Young Readers)
  • Letters Never Sent, by Sandra Moran (Bedazzled Ink)


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