Other Rooms Press Anthology Reading Starring Sapphire

Celebrate the publication of The OR Panthology: Ocellus Reseau. The OR Panthology (Ocellus Reseau) is Other Rooms Press‘s first print anthology, edited by melissa christine goodrum and featuring work by Nora Almeida, David B. Applegate, L. S. Asekoff, Joshua Baldwin, Drew Baughman, Tamiko Beyer, Rose Marie Boehm, V.L. Bond, Michelle Brulé, Daveo Crish, Joe Robitaille, Sarah… read more

'The Kid' by Sapphire

Sapphire’s first novel, Push, is a regular selection for my Introduction to Women’s Studies classes. Students enjoy reading the novel and watching, on their own, the film, Precious directed by Lee Daniels, with its major stars. Often we discuss the movie’s fidelity to the novel and where it diverges, thinking about how the two forms… 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

14 HIV-Positive Characters in Literature

From Precious to Richard Brown When the HIV pandemic began to garner national attention in the early 1980s, it was met with general hysteria. Tenants believed to have AIDS were evicted from their homes and the Social Security Administration interviewed patients by phone, fearing the virus would be passed to employees through face to face… read more

Saints & Sinners 2011 Short Fiction Contest Winners Announced

“Fishwives” by Sally Bellerose is the winner of the 2011 Saints & Sinners Short Fiction Contest chosen by guest judge, John Berendt (author of the LLA-winning novel, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil). Two runners-up include Felice Picano (“Everyone Has a Shazam!”) and our very own John Morgan Wilson for his story, “The… read more

Sapphire to publish 2nd novel with The Penguin Press

Yesterday, Ann Godoff, publisher of The Penguin Press (Penguin Group), announced the acquisition of Sapphire’s The Kid, a follow up to Push—the book on which the film Precious is based. The Kid—Sapphire’s first novel in 14 years—tells the story of Abdul Jones, the son of Push‘s unforgettable heroine, Precious (played by Gabourey Sidibe in the… read more

'Another Life Altogether' by Elaine Beale

When Jesse Bennett’s family moves to a small town on northern England after her mother’s return home from a mental hospital, more than anything Jesse wants to fit in at her new school. At the center of Another Life Altogether is a classic adolescent conflict: Jesse wants to be, not an outsider, but an insider…. read more