'Obscenely Yours' by Angelo Nikolopoulos

It can be hard to tell if Angelo Nikolopolous’s debut collection is a masterfully lyrical tribute to gay sexuality or a highly sexualized vehicle for his lyric mastery. Obscenely Yours is both a romp and an expose. The collection is not defiant, but celebratory, as excited about the pleasures of language as the pleasures of the… read more

'Striking Surface' by Jason Schneiderman

In addition to being a tireless booster and critic of gay literature (on these pages and elsewhere), Jason Schneiderman is also a poet of deep wit and mercurial grace. His recently published second book of poems, Striking Surface (Ashland University Press), extends the pointed charms of his first volume, Sublimation Point, while developing a subject… read more

Observations about LGBT Literary Heritage in 10 Rants

The following is a transcript and video of Jason Schneiderman’s remarks at “Building LGBT Literary Traditions”  panel with Julie R. Enszer, Eloise Klein Healy, Tony Valenzuela and Reginald Harris at the 2011 AWP Conference in DC…. read more

RJ Gibson recaps AWP 2011

My 10 Favorite Moments of AWP This was the first time in the last couple years that I wasn’t working on grad school assignments while at AWP. With those requirements gone the whole thing is an entirely different beast. I think my answer this year is pretty much like last year’s (so forgive me if… read more

Alex Dimitrov, Wilde Boy

I don’t remember quite how I met Alex Dimitrov (right, with Zachary Pace), only that once we started spending time together, I realized that he was a force of nature. When he first mentioned his idea for the Wilde Boys, a salon for gay male poets in New York, I was supportive but skeptical. Every… read more

'Amorous Shepherd' by Dante Micheaux

Amorous Shepherd is an amazingly ambitious book. By every measure its range is large. Formally, Micheaux is a master, but not a show off. His concerns and subjects are geographically diverse and span a good three thousand years. Speakers don’t seem to reappear, and rarely would we guess they are Micheaux himself. Despite how different… read more

'The Dirt Riddles' by Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh’s The Dirt Riddles is a focused and autobiographical first book. It mines his experience growing up on what is surely the most revolting farm I have ever seen lovingly depicted. Much of the book pushes back against a pastoral and eco-romantic tradition (think of this as the anti-“Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”) to insist… read more

Five Poets Who Changed My Life

I hate the idea of “life changing.” It’s terrifying! Who wants to consider their life as a serendipitous bricolage rather than a carefully considered plan? But one must repay good fortune with gratitude, and in that spirit, I thank these poets for their roles in my life. Tom Sleigh I’ve never told Tom this, but… read more