Whatever Happens to Pussy Riot Happens to Me

Among the Ace Hotel’s typical clientele (who were carrying on business as usual in the bar upstairs) it’s unusual to spot a riot grrrl or radical faerie—but yesterday there were plenty in attendance, when at least 200 feminists, queers, and other artist-activists gathered to hear Pussy Riot’s lyrics, poetry, and trial statements read aloud in solidarity.

The evening’s long program featured an impressive list of readers, including Eileen Myles, Justin Vivian Bond, and actress Chloë Sevigny.
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There’s a line in the fifth poem of Sophia Le Fraga’s new chapbook I DON’T WANT ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE INTERNET (Keep This Bag Away From Children) that can be interpreted not just as a command to her reader, but as a mission statement for the project: “save yourself on a computer/ and zoom… read more

Ginsberg Recordings to Reissue Allen Ginsberg's Recorded Works

Last Tuesday night at the Gagosian Gallery in New York City, Ginsberg Recordings—a new collaboration of the Allen Ginsberg Estate and music management company Esther Creative Group—announced its plan to release Ginsberg’s entire recorded library over the next two years…. read more

The 2012 Publishing Triangle Awards

The annual Triangle Awards, recognizing excellence in gay and lesbian literature, were presented last night at The New School’s Tishman Auditorium in New York City. Also honored were activist and literary agent Frances Goldin, winner of this year’s Leadership Award, and cartoonist Alison Bechdel, who received the 2012 Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement…. read more

Happy National Poetry Month

Established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is a celebration of poetry observed every April. While there’s no reason not to celebrate poetry every day, here are a few places to get started this month if you need a little inspiration…… read more

5th Annual Poets Forum - Oct. 20-22

The 5th Annual Poets Forum, hosted by the Academy of American Poets, kicks off tonight with its Chancellors Reading at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Among the Chancellors participating are queer greats Mark Doty, Marilyn Hacker, recent National Book Award Finalist Carl Phillips, and Kay Ryan, who–having recently received both a Pulitzer Prize… read more

Very (Queer) Best of National Poetry Month

This April, magazines and blogs across the web have been running poem specials to celebrate National Poetry Month. With only a couple days left, I thought I’d take stock and share some of my favorites so far:… read more

Kay Ryan Wins Pulitzer Prize

Brett Easton Ellis has been tweeting lately about the “Gay Empire,” and if this season’s highest honors in poetry are any indication, he’s onto something. Less than two weeks after out poets D.A. Powell and Eleanor Lerman were both named 2011 Guggenheim Fellows, one-time poet laureate Kay Ryan has been awarded this year’s Pulitzer Prize… read more

Dunstan Thompson and the End of Love

Rescued from the Annals of Literary Obscurity If Dunstan Thompson had died young, a few more people might recognize his name today. I’d like to think I might have pulled one of his early books—Poems (1943) or Lament for the Sleepwalker (1947)—from a dusty library shelf in my teen years, when, eager to understand my… read more

Poems for Your Queerly Beloved

Need some help wooing your honey this Valentine’s Day? Here are fourteen of our favorite queer love poems, rounded up from LambdaLiterary.org and across the web. Who better to start us off than Sappho? In this fragment, translated by Richard Lattimore, she describes just how much havoc a crush can wreak: “Let me only glance… read more