Jeanette Winterson: It is the Imagination that Counts

“Everyone’s talking about the death and disappearance of the book as a format and an object. I don’t think that will happen. I think whatever happens, we have to figure out a way to protect our imaginations. Stories and poetry do that.”

Famed author Jeanette Winterson talks with Lambda about her new memoir, her writing process, and her thoughts about the queer community…. read more

‘Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?’ by Jeanette Winterson

Jeanette Winterson’s new memoir returns the scenes of her semi-autobiographical novel Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, published when Winterson was twenty-five. Like the car crash you crane your neck to see, readers will once again encounter the harrowing insanity of her adoptive mother, Mrs. Winterson, “a flamboyant depressive; a woman who kept a revolver in the duster drawer, and the bullets in a tin of Pledge.”… 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

'The Best of It: New and Selected Poems' by Kay Ryan

The title poem of Kay Ryan’s New and Selected Poems celebrates the “pared down” and simple experiences of life, positing that if we can “rejoice” the “one bean” that “flourishes” in “our garden,” then maybe we can will that one bean to “nourish us” (216).  It’s a fitting metaphor for the experience of spending every… read more