'Don't Call Us Dead' by Danez Smith

In Don’t Call Us Dead, Smith’s attention moves from the violence perpetrated on black boys to queerness and HIV and back to race, using startling forms and imaginative leaps…. read more

The Queerness of Robots

“If we can think of queerness as the embracing of, and celebration of non-normativity, science fiction can also offer new queer ways of thinking”… read more

'Seed' by David Eye

Eye’s poems give us the surprising and varied complexity of human relationships: from a video booth encounter and some quick sex with a married man, to an impromptu make-out session with a straight blonde girl in a bar, to an unassuming woman on a bus carrying a copy of Leathermen’s Guide to the Universe…. read more

'Nepantla' Launch Readings

Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color (being curated by Christopher Soto in collaboration with the Lambda Literary Foundation) will be hosting Journal Launch Readings in NYC, Chicago, and San Francisco this September. Below is information regarding event details (click here for a list of  readings taking place in August as part of our Nepantla summer reading series)…. read more

'Heartwrecks' by Nicolas Destino

Part of the mission of Sibling Rivalry Press is to “develop, promote, and market underground artistic talent—those who don’t quite fit into the mainstream.” Editor Bryan Borland and company have certainly succeeded in this aim with Nicolas Destino’s Heartwrecks, a quirky volume of poetry that contains no small supply of whimsy…. read more

Jennifer Benka: Poetry in Motion

“I am personally interested in exploring the possibilities of poetry—to counter rhetoric, reinvigorate language, and uplift the material of the everyday.”

Jennifer Benka was recently named the new Executive Director of the Academy of American Poets. Having served as Managing Director of Poets & Writers for almost a decade and, most recently, as the National Director of Development and Marketing for 826 National, she’s also an accomplished writer in her own right.

Benka took some time to talk with Lambda Literary about the mission of the Academy of American Poets, her own personal inspirations, and the relationship between poetry and queerness…. read more