July 25, 2014

A Look at the Frank O’Hara Fire Island Pines Poetry Festival

Posted on July 4, 2014 by in Features, Interviews

“Before there was the Internet, there was Frank O’Hara. We’re just as a culture finally catching up to his manic speed and endlessly divisible attention span”

Since his death in 1966, the poet Frank O’Hara has taken on an iconic stature among admirers of poetry. To honor the work of the beloved poet, The Fire Island Pines Fine Arts Project is presenting the Frank O’Hara Fire Island Pines Poetry Festival, on Saturday, July 12th, at 4 PM. The event will include such noted writers as Eileen Myles, Edmund White, Ariana Reines, Dorothea Lasky, and Saeed Jones. (more…)

A New Gore Vidal Documentary, the ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ Cast Recording, and Other LGBT News

Posted on June 5, 2014 by in Features, News

Recently, in the LGBT-themed arts:

This upcoming week, actress-activist Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black) is set to become the first transgender individual to appear on the cover of Time magazine, in tandem with a cover story on the budding transgender social class. The landmark issue will likely constitute the publication’s response to the controversy surrounding Cox’s omission from their list of the world’s 100 most influential people for this year. (more…)

‘Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris’ by Edmund White

Posted on February 9, 2014 by in Bio/Memoir, Reviews

Living in a “transitional” city like Washington, DC—especially as a member of the gay community—you get used to having a certain subgroup of friends: the inevitable expatriates. Sometimes these individuals announce themselves openly—we all know people who are at any given time, according to them at least, anywhere from two weeks to six months away from moving to New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland (either one), Austin, or any of a host of innumerable more-attractive international destinations—while others just seem so constitutionally incompatible with their current surroundings that we know it’s only a matter of time before they take flight. (more…)

‘The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame: Master of Gay Erotic Manga’ by Gengoroh Tagame

Posted on November 30, 2013 by in Erotica, Illustrated

The proliferation of manga within Japan cannot be overstated, and as a readily available outlet for gay expression, what gets translated on Western shores is yaoi, a subset of comics featuring gay male love stories typically illustrated and written by women for women readers. So it is a culturally significant event that Gengoroh Tagame, a genuine master in his field (that field being bara, gay comics by gay men for gay men), with a bearishly virile style which is instantly recognizable, receives a long overdue English translation. That this initial volume is a pitch perfect representation of his work makes for an outstanding debut. (more…)

50 Years of John Rechy’s ‘City of Night’

Posted on October 22, 2013 by in Features, Opinion

I believe that when you are a creative person you intuitively find your people—your influences, your teachers. These are the artists who came before you, who talk to you through their works, so that literature becomes an ongoing dialogue from generation to generation. When I first came across John Rechy’s novel City of Night as a teenager, I knew I had found one of my first great teachers. Rechy’s novel touched something in me and unleashed it. It excited me. It made me want to write. I discovered an important mentor in John Rechy. City of Night was the first time a book perfectly expressed my most secret feelings without telling my own personal story. (more…)

Reading and Writing about Sex

Posted on October 6, 2013 by in Features, News

Sex is supposed to fun, but writing about it can pose its own set of literary perils. (more…)

Edmund White Presents 4 Poets: Lonely, Fitzgerald, Nikolopoulos, and Gerevich

Posted on June 22, 2013 by in Events

July 7, 2013, 7 pm
The Bureau of General Servics-Queer Division
27 Orchard Street
New York, New York 10002

(more…)

In Conversation with the Violet Quill: Andrew Holleran, Felice Picano, and Edmund White

Posted on April 10, 2013 by in Interviews

In November 1980, New York’s SoHo Weekly News tagged a cover story Fag Lit’s New Royalty, referring to Andrew Holleran, Felice Picano, and Edmund White, alive today, and Christopher Cox, Michael Grumley, Robert Ferro, and George Whitmore, who have died. Since the publication of that story, which was subtitled A Moveable Brunch – A Fag Lit Mafia, they have brought out the best in admirers and the worst in detractors. (more…)

Read Kate Bornstein’s Excerpt from Lambda’s ’25 for 25′ E-book

Posted on March 19, 2013 by in Excerpts, Features

“I was forty-eight years old, Lady Death had just kissed the back of my hand, and I wanted to make peace with my daughter, with whom I hadn’t spoken for nearly sixteen years.”

For the past 25 years the Lambda Literary Foundation has been able to continue celebrating, preserving and promoting the visibility of LGBT writers thanks to the support of community members like you, and today we are asking for your help in this effort by making a tax-deductible donation.

To show our gratitude, all donors of $150 dollars or more will receive a prereleased version of the foundation’s 25th anniversary anthology, 25 for 25, an E-book featuring some of the community’s leading LGBT authors, including: Dorothy Allison, Ellen Bass, Alison Bechdel, Ivan E. Coyote, Jewelle Gomez, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Alex Sanchez, Sarah Schulman, Justin Torres, David Trinidad, Edmund White and many others. (more…)

Read Eileen Myles’ Excerpt from Lambda’s ’25 for 25′ E-book

Posted on March 19, 2013 by in Excerpts, Features

“[...]me and Chris were instantly back in love once we got drunk, and were out in a hallway, kissing each other, and saying: what about Judy. So the three of us were in their big bed—I just happily climbed right on top of Judy. Christine didn’t like that—I wasn’t supposed to get so into it.”

For the past 25 years the Lambda Literary Foundation has been able to continue celebrating, preserving and promoting the visibility of LGBT writers thanks to the support of community members like you, and today we are asking for your help in this effort by making a tax-deductible donation. (more…)