'Crime Against Nature' by Minnie Bruce Pratt

Patricia Hampl says, “Autobiographical writing is bedeviled,” and she is right. The struggle to translate lived experience into art is not unique to memoirists, however; it is the resident challenge of all writers who dip their cups into personal wells. Perhaps it is simply the resident challenge of all writers…. read more

Moving Forward by Looking Back

There are plenty of ghosts in New York City. And this PRIDE, we take a measure of what poets are among them. Haunting the halls of queer poetry salons and community centers is an entire generation lost to AIDS. “Art is not living, it is the use of the living” said poet and activist Audre… 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

Cheryl Clarke: The Never-Ending Resource that is Black Queerness

“There is queer activism in the African diaspora and wherever that movement is, there is always cultural production.” I was introduced to the iconic Cheryl Clarke while organizing a conference on spirituality and sexuality with writer and scholar Ashon T. Crawley for the Newark Pride Alliance in Newark, NJ in 2008. Ashon and I marveled… read more

Minnie Bruce Pratt: Rage Against the Money Machine

Political Reality, Poetic Justice Everywhere we look, work is happening. People are laboring. Goods and services are generated, distributed, bought and sold. A woman working in a laundromat.  A woman on the telephone handling a service call. A woman at the toll booth. Manicurist. Cashier. Security guard. These are the people that populate Minnie Bruce… read more

3 Dollar Bill: Queer AWP Reading [Recap]

A Photo Gallery One of the biggest highlights of AWP 2011 took place on Thursday night at the HRC Equality Forum. Organized by 2010 Lambda Fellow, Ilse Bendorf, the “3 Dollar Bill: Queer AWP Reading” included rapid-fire readings by some of our favorite poets, novelists and memoirists. Journalist Selena Simmons-Duffin shared this photo diary…. read more