Notes on Smut: A Look at Lesbian Literary Erotics

If everyone is used to objectifying women, like it’s just a thing used to sell toothpaste and jeans and trick us into watching rom-coms, how do you write about sex and the erotic in a way that only the intended audience is picking up what you’re putting down?… read more

Chris Kraus: Summer of Hate

“I was writing art essays, doing my job, but the concerns of high culture in circulation then had nothing to do with what was going on in the world. And this was very disturbing to me. To just continue what I was doing felt very collusive and weird.”

The spirited iconoclast, novelist, art critic, and publisher Chris Kraus talked with Lambda Literary about her new novel, Summer of Hate, her involvement with publishing imprint Semiotext(e), and a recent foray into curatorial practice…. 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

Read Eileen Myles' Excerpt from the New Sister Spit Anthology

For all of you lovers of LGBTQ literature eagerly awaiting the release of Sister Spit’s debut anthology—indeed, the day has finally arrived. Sister Spit: Writing, Rants, and Reminiscence from the Road has just hit bookstore shelves, and in the spirit of celebration, the Lambda Literary Review is offering a sneak peak of the collection…. read more

'The Best American Poetry 2012' Launch Reading

Don’t miss this year’s The Best American Poetry launch reading on Thursday, September 20, 7:00 p.m. at The New School in New York City. Series Editor David Leham and Guest Editor Mark Doty will be presenting poets and poems from the 25th edition of the acclaimed series. Readers include queer poets: Eduardo C. Corral, Richard… read more