Lucy Corin: Apocalypse Now

“I love reading from this book because I’ve never had these kind of responses to anything I’ve written. I think it’s because everyone has an apocalyptic fantasy life.”

Lucy Corin spoke to Lambda Literary about her new collection, One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses, end of the world fantasies, and her strengths and limitations as a writer…. read more

Ayana Mathis: The Power of the Tribe

Last month, Oprah Winfrey selected Ayana Mathis’ debut novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, as her second pick for the newly launched Oprah Book Club 2.0. Since then, the book has taken off. Mathis has since been profiled twice in the New York Times, and has spent the last two weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

Mathis sat down with Lambda Literary to talk about her writing process, how the legacy of Toni Morrison informed her writing, and the many unexpected forms that love can take…. read more

Ellen Forney: Losing One's Marbles

“I am bipolar, this is me. It’s inextricable from who I am and from my creativity for that matter.”

“Is mental illness a curse or is it actually a gift?” Ellen Forney explores this question with stunning vulnerability and clarity in Marbles, a graphic memoir about her struggle with bipolar disorder.

Forney agreed to sit down with Lambda and talk to about the unique challenges and rewards of writing a graphic novel, the sorry state of the mental healthcare industry, and of course, flying squirrels on the moon…. read more

E.J. Levy: Theories of Art and Love

“I love that fiction is a magpie art, in which you can gather up all these shiny fabulous unrelated things and make them into something…”

Pushcart Prize winning author E.J. Levy’s debut collection of fiction, Love in Theory, has been receiving high praise. Indeed, the stories in this collection are funny, sad, and filled with unexpected moments that make putting the book down an exercise in heartbreak. Prior to the book’s release, Levy’s stories were published in the Paris Review, the Missouri Review, and the Gettsyburg Review, among many other literary journals.

Levy was kind enough to talk with Lambda Literary about her long road to publishing, the eroticism of academia, and of course, love…. read more

Let’s Talk About Sex: Allison, Myles, and Woolf

Between the ages of 12 and 15, I spent at least four hours a day reading stories about sex between women. My time was divided between my father’s Letters to Penthouse collection, and Xena: Warrior Princess and Star Trek: Voyager fan fiction websites. It wasn’t just that these stories turned me on. It was that, whether they were about Ancient Greek warriors or varsity cheerleaders, these stories transported me from a small town where I was a scared, isolated lesbian to a fantasy world where women acted on their desires and were rewarded for it with love, community, and orgasms…. read more