'This Life Now' by Michael Broder

“The past is a foreign country,” wrote novelist L. P. Hartley in 1953’s The Go-Between. “They do things differently there.” This Life Now (A Midsummer Night’s Press), the debut collection from Lambda Literary Award finalist Michael Broder, foregrounds its narrator as the go-between for his current and past selves, to American decades where things were… read more

‘When I Was Straight’ by Julie Marie Wade

When I Was Straight offers a look into Wade’s “before and after:” the first half of the book tackles her life before coming out, and the second half details people’s reactions to learning that she’s a lesbian…. read more

'Fortunate Light' by David Bergman

In his diminutive yet formidable collection, Fortunate Light (A Midsummer Night’s Press), David Bergman has achieved something relatively rare in contemporary poetry: a way to discuss sex that is intriguing, witty, intelligent, nuanced, frank and subversive. He is not salacious or graphic, but neither is he lofty or coy. In “Narcissus” he interprets myth as… read more

'Crime Against Nature' by Minnie Bruce Pratt

Patricia Hampl says, “Autobiographical writing is bedeviled,” and she is right. The struggle to translate lived experience into art is not unique to memoirists, however; it is the resident challenge of all writers who dip their cups into personal wells. Perhaps it is simply the resident challenge of all writers…. read more

Queer Guide to the 2013 AWP Conference

The Association of Writers & Writing Programs Annual Conference and Bookfair is just around the corner. With an average of around 550 “readings, lectures, panel discussions, and forums, as well as hundreds of book signings, receptions, dances, and informal gatherings,” AWP is the largest literary conference in North America…. read more

BookBuzz #26 Feb 2011

The American Library Association’s  2011 Over the Rainbow selections in eleven queer writing categories have been announced.  Selected by the ALA’s GLBT Round Table, the list goes to librarians, archivists, information professionals, and library readers as recommended titles. [GLBTRT] One of those Top Eleven was Raymond Luczak’s poetry collection Mute (A Midsummer Night’s Press).  Mute also received a… read more

Amos Lassen's Top 11 Books of 2010 (so far)

Amos Lassen doesn’t think of himself this way, but he is one of the most influential Amazon reviewers in the nation — especially when it comes to the categories for gay romance, gay fiction, gay and lesbian erotica, DVD, and documentary. An Amazon Top 50 Reviewer and a member of the Amazon Vine Program—a highly-coveted,… read more