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'In Their Own Words'--Join Publishing Triangle Awards Finalists for a Special Reading on April 26

On Wednesday, April 26, the Publishing Triangle will hold our fourth annual Finalists Reading, featuring some of the nominees for the Publishing Triangle awards. This sterling batch of LGBT authors will read excerpts from their books, which represent the best in LGBT writing for 2016. The reading will be held at 7 p.m. on April 26, 2017 (the night before our awards ceremony), at The Bureau of General Services - Queer Division, 208 West 13th Street, Room 210 (inside the LGBT Community Services Center, between Seventh Avenue and Greenwich Avenue), New York, NY 10011. This event is free and open to the public and the nominated books will be available for purchase.

Seven authors are currently scheduled to appear: five novelists and three nonfiction writers. They are:
  • Kathy Anderson, Bull and Other Stories; finalist for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction
  • Lucy Jane Bledsoe, A Thin Bright Line; finalist for the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction
  • Elizabeth M. Edman, Queer Virtue; finalist for the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction
  • Matthew Griffin, Hide; finalist for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction
  • Alan Lessik, The Troubleseeker; A Thin Bright Line; finalist for the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction
  • Paul Lisicky, The Narrow Door; finalist for the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction
  • Joe Okonkwo, Jazz Moon; finalist for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction
  • Will Schwalbe, Books for Living; finalist for the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction
Please join us to hear this group of LGBT writers read from their nominated works.

Finalists Announced for Best LGBT Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Debut Fiction and Trans Literature in 2016

The Publishing Triangle and the Ferro-Grumley Literary Awards proudly announce the nominees for the seven competitive awards that will be given out at our awards ceremony on April 27. These 28 books represent the very best in LGBT writing for calendar year 2016.

Finalists for the Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature
Asegi Stories: Cherokee Queer and Two-Spirit Memory, by Qwo-Li Driskill (University of Arizona Press)
Chelate, by Jay Besemer (Brooklyn Arts Press)
Even This Page Is White, by Vivek Shraya (Arsenal Pulp Press)
A Two-Spirit Journey: The Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder, by Ma-Nee Chacaby, with Mary Louise Plummer (University of Manitoba Press)
Finalists for the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction
Conflict Is Not Abuse, by Sarah Schulman (Arsenal Pulp Press)
Lavender and Red: Liberation and Solidarity in the Gay and Lesbian Left, by Emily K. Hobson (University of California Press)
Queer Virtue, by Elizabeth M. Edman (Beacon Press)
Ms. Schulman is a past winner of the Ferro-Grumley Award, for Rat Bohemia (1996).

Finalists for the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction
Books for Living, by Will Schwalbe (Alfred A. Knopf)
How to Survive a Plague, by David France (Alfred A. Knopf)
The Narrow Door, by Paul Lisicky (Graywolf Press)
Not Straight, Not White: Black Gay Men from the March on Washington to the AIDS Crisis, by Kevin Mumford (University of North Carolina Press)

Finalists for the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry
Bestiary, by Donika Kelly (Graywolf Press)
The Complete Works of Pat Parker, by Pat Parker; edited by Julie R. Enszer (Sinister Wisdom/A Midsummer Night's Press)
Play Dead, by Francine J. Harris (Alice James Books)
Threnody, by Juliet Patterson (Nightboat Books)
Finalists for the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry
Night Sky with Exit Wounds
, by Ocean Vuong (Copper Canyon Press)
Rapture, by Sjohnna McCray (Graywolf Press)
Thief in the Interior, by Phillip B. Williams (Alice James Books)
Trouble the Water, by Derrick Austin (BOA Editions)
Finalists for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction
Bull and Other Stories
, by Kathy Anderson (Autumn House Press)
Hide, by Matthew Griffin (Bloomsbury USA)
An Innocent Fashion, by R.J. Hernández (Perennial/HarperCollins)
Jazz Moon, by Joe Okonkwo (Kensington)
Finalists for The Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction
, by Darren Greer (Cormorant Books)
Moonstone, by Sjón; translated by Victoria Cribb (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
They May Not Mean To, But They Do, by Cathleen Schine (Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
A Thin Bright Line, by Lucy Jane Bledsoe (University of Wisconsin Press)
The Troubleseeker, by Alan Lessik (Chelsea Station Editions)
Mr. Greer was nominated for a Ferro-Grumley award in 2006 for his novel Still Life with June.
The 29th annual Triangle Awards, honoring the best LGBTQ fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and trans/gender-variant literature published in 2016, will be presented on April 27, 2017, at the Auditorium of the New School, 66 West 12th Street in New York City, at 7 p.m. The ceremony is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow.

Michael Bronski Receives Whitehead Award

bronski Michael Bronski is the 2017 recipient of the Publishing Triangle's Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement, named in honor of the legendary editor of the 1970s and 1980s.

Bronski is an author, professor, and independent scholar. He has been involved in gay liberation as a political organizer, journalist, writer, editor, publisher, and theorist since 1969. In 2003 his Pulp Friction: Uncovering the Golden Age of Gay Male Pulps won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Anthology. His 2011 book A Queer History of the United States, which was a finalist for the Publishing Triangle's Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction, won another Lambda Literary Award as well as an American Library Association Stonewall Israel Fishman Award. His essays have appeared in over a hundred anthologies and he has been honored with other awards and numerous fellowships.

In addition, Bronski serves as the editor for two series of books at Beacon Press, Queer Ideas and Queer Action. His latest book is Considering Hate: Violence, Goodness, and Justice in American Culture and Politics, coauthored with Kay Whitlock. He is Professor of the Practice in Media and Activism in the Studies of Women, Gender, Sexuality at Harvard University.

Bronski will be presented with this prize at the Publishing Triangle's annual awards ceremony, being held on April 27, 2017, at the New School in New York City. Admission is free and open to the public. The Bill Whitehead Award is given to a male-identified writer in odd-numbered years and to a female-identified writer in even years, and the winner receives $3000.
Photo: Eli Burak

Novelist Chinelo Okparanta Wins Triangle's Inaugural Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award

OkparentaFor the first time this spring, the Publishing Triangle is presenting the Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award, a prize for an LGBTQ writer who has published at least one book but not more than two. "The Publishing Triangle is proud to showcase an important emerging LGBTQ writer through the Betty Berzon Award," said Publishing Triangle Chair Carol Rosenfeld. "By recognizing a writer who has shown exceptional talent and the potential for continued literary success and significance, we are furthering our mission to increase awareness of and appreciation for LGBTQ literature."

The inaugural honoree is Chinelo Okparanta. The judges selected her as a "bold new voice," a writer who "possesses the rare gift of being able to make the personal universal. Her stories are by turns heartbreaking and healing, challenging us to think about what makes us who and what we are." Okparanta will receive a prize of $1500 with this award, to be presented at our annual awards ceremony on April 27.

Born and raised in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Chinelo Okparanta received her education at Pennsylvania State University, Rutgers University, and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She has received numerous fellowships, faculty appointments/visiting professorships, and residencies around the United States. She is currently Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing (Fiction) at Bucknell University, where she is also C. Graydon and Mary E. Rogers Faculty Research Fellow. Her debut short story collection, Happiness, Like Water, was cited as an editors' choice in the New York Times Book Review and won the Lambda Literary Award for best lesbian fiction. Her first novel, Under the Udala Trees, was a finalist for last year's Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction and also went on to win another Lambda Literary Award.

Okparanta has published work in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, Kenyon Review, AGNI, and other venues, and was named one of Granta's six New Voices for 2012.
Photo: Kelechi Okere

John Scognamiglio of Kensington Books Receives Publishing Triangle's Leadership Award

John Scognamiglio is the winner of the Publishing Triangle's Leadership Award. Created in 2002, this award recognizes contributions to LGBTQ literature by those who are not primarily writers, such as editors, agents, librarians, and institutions. The winner receives $500.

In his time at Kensington Publishing, where he is currently editor in chief, John Scognamiglio has published an impressive assortment of LGBTQ books: commercial fiction, literary fiction, and nonfiction. A graduate of New York University, Scognamiglio began his career at Pocket Books. In 1992, he joined Kensington as an editor and was promoted to senior editor in 1993. In 1998 he was promoted to editorial director of fiction, and in 2005 to editor in chief. In February 2017, Kensington announced that it would be launching his own imprint, John Scognamiglio Books, in 2018.

Among his authors are New York Times bestsellers Lisa Jackson, Joanne Fluke, Leslie Meier, and Kevin O'Brien. In making this award, the Publishing Triangle recognizes Scognamiglio's long-standing commitment to present the best in LGBTQ literature.

Hear the Nominees Read from Their Lauded Works

On April 26, 2017, the evening before the awards ceremony, The Publishing Triangle will sponsor a reading by a select group of finalists; this event will be held at Bureau of General Services-Queer Division, the bookstore inside the LGBT Community Services Center at 208 West 13th Street, Manhattan. The lineup of participating finalists who will be reading here will be announced later. This reading, which will begin at 7 p.m., is free, and books by the readers will be sold.

About Betty Berzon

berzonThe Publishing Triangle’s new Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award is given in honor of Dr. Betty Berzon, an author and psychotherapist renowned for her work with the LGBT community. She was among the first psychotherapists to assist gay and lesbian clients. After coming out as a lesbian in 1968, she began providing therapy to gays and lesbians, and in 1971, she helped found the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center as well as an organization of gays and lesbians within the American Psychiatric Association, which declassified homosexuality as a mental illness two years later.
Dr. Berzon’s books included Positively Gay (1979), Permanent Partners (1988), and The Intimacy Dance (1996), as well as the memoir Surviving Madness: A Therapist’s Own Story (2002), which received a Lambda Literary Award. Berzon died in 2006, and is survived by Teresa DeCrescenzo, the founder of Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Social Services, whom Berzon met in 1973 and married during the 1993 March on Washington.

Member Publications
The Publishing Triangle celebrates the publications of all our members (individual and corporate) by providing the membership benefit of announcement in our newsletter and on our web site. If you are a member and wish to tell everyone about your new publication, see the template at the bottom of this article. 

Michael Schreiber
One-Man Show: The Life and Art of Bernard Perlin
Bruno Gmünder
November 2016 * ISBN: 959850182 * $59.99
One-Man Show, a 2017 Stonewall Honor Book, explores the extraordinary life and art of the legendary painter Bernard Perlin (1918-2014) through richly illustrated, no-holds-barred conversations with the artist. “Perlin's life serves as an inspiration of sexual bravery and as an art and social history lesson of the times."  --The Advocate
Lee Lynch
Rainbow Gap
Bold Strokes Books Victory Edition
December 2016 * ISBN: 978-1-62639-799-6 51895 * $19.95 paper/$9.99 ebook
Jaudon Vicker and Berry Garland grow up in mid-century backcountry Central Florida. Berry protects boyish Jaudon from bullies, Jaudon gives the abandoned Berry roots. Nothing will part them, not Berry’s quest for her spiritual path, not Jaudon’s ambition for her family's business; not Vietnam, feminism, bullying - or other women.

Lucy Jane Bledsoe
A Thin Bright Line
University of Wisconsin Press
October 2016 * 978-0-299-30930-5 * $26.95

Based on the true story of the author's aunt and namesake, A Thin Bright Line is a queer American love story with Cold War complications. A remarkable woman rises above the restraints of her time.

Joe Cosentino
Cozzi Cove: Stepping Out (the third Cozzi Cove novel)
NineStar Press
January 23, 2017

Sexy Cal Cozzi's seven bungalows at a gay resort on the New Jersey shore are once again open for love. What secrets, humor, tragedies, mysteries, and passions lie waiting to unfold in this magical place called Cozzi Cove?

BL Wilson
Mr. Jefferson's Piano & Other Central Harlem Stories
Patchwork Bluez Press
September 30, 2016 * ISBN 978-1536825886 * $11.99
This anthology weaves together a rich tapestry of 68 short stories, agency memos, and letters about housing events that take place during the late seventies, eighties, and nineties as seen through Melba Farris's eyes. Melba chronicles her journey into the field of property management for NYC as she tries to help her less fortunate brothers and sisters with their housing woes.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 7 p.m.
The Triangle Award Finalists Reading: Join us at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division, inside the LGBT Community Center at 208 West 13th Street, New York. The slate of finalists reading from their nominated works to be announced. Free; books for sale.

Thursday, April 27, 2017, 7 p.m.: The annual Publishing Triangle Awards. Just us in honoring the best LGBTQ literature of the year. The Auditorium of the New School, 66 West 12th street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues). Free and open to the public.