'Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes' by Kamal Al-Solaylee

Intolerable (Harper Collins) is remarkable. One of its most striking qualities is that unlike most coming out or coming-of-age tales, Kamal Al-Solaylee doesn’t limit his scope to his personal story. Writing in light, quick prose, he situates this vigorous narrative of sexual self-discovery and odyssey within two larger themes. Like cupped palms, they overlap and encapsulate a… read more

And the Winner is...

Envy the judges who were privileged to weigh the merits of the five finalists in Gay Romance for the 25th Annual Lambda Literary Awards, but pity them, too, because they can only pick one winner, a task I would personally find impossible to do. The reader of any of these outstanding gay romances will be… read more

'The Summer We Got Free' by Mia McKenzie

Society is often both attracted and repelled by the artist, just as artists are often attracted and repelled by their own vision and talent. McKenzie gives this concept blazing vivid life in The Summer We Got Free…. read more

'Appetite' by Aaron Smith

At this year’s AWP, I had the pleasure of reading in a four-hour, cross-genre literary marathon called Queertopia at Boston’s Club Café. I was excited to receive an invitation to participate, but even more excited when I learned that I would be reading in the same segment of the program with one of my new… read more

Paul Legault: Russian Pineapples and the 2000 Years

“It’s interesting how appropriation—as a writing method—still has the stigma of being ‘impersonal.’ It’s actually the most personable thing you can do—in a social media sense: liking, reposting, remixing. It’s not just a form of flattery; it’s love or art’s equivalent.”

A finalist for this year’s Lambda Literary Award category for gay male poetry, Paul Legault talks with Lambda about appropriation in writing, being influenced by the sonnet form, and his intended audience…. read more