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Finalists Announced for Best Lesbian and Gay Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Debut Fiction Published in 2013
We are proud to announce the finalists for the 26th annual Triangle Awards, honoring the best lesbian and gay fiction, nonfiction, and poetry published in 2013.
Finalists for the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction
  • Henry Darger: Throwaway Boy, by Jim Elledge (Overlook)
  • Oye Loca: From the Mariel Boat Lift to Gay Cuban Miami, by Susana Peña (University of Minnesota Press)
  • Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous Gender Creative Son, by Lori Duron (Broadway Books/Crown)
  • White Girls, by Hilton Als (McSweeney's)                
Finalists for the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction
  • Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive, by Julia Serano (Seal Press)
  • Growing Up Golem, by Donna Minkowitz (Magnus Books/Riverdale Avenue Books)
  • Passionate Commitments: The Lives of Anna Rochester and Grace Hutchins, by Julia M. Allen (SUNY Press)
  • Stuck in the Middle with You: A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders, by Jennifer Finney Boylan (Crown)
Finalists for the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry
  • Butch Geography, by Stacey Waite (Tupelo Press)
  • Enchantée, by Angie Estes (Oberlin College Press)
  • She Has a Name, by Kamilah Aisha Moon (Four Way Books)
  • Swoop, by Hailey Leithauser (Graywolf Press)
Finalists for the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry
  • All the Heat We Could Carry, by Charlie Bondhus (Main Street Rag)
  • Sacrilegion, by L. Lamar Wilson (Carolina Wren Press)
  • The Talking Day, by Michael Klein (Sibling Rivalry Press)
  • Unpeopled Eden, by Rigoberto González (Four Way Books)
Finalists for the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction
  • All This Talk of Love, by Christopher Castellani (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)
  • If You Could Be Mine, by Sara Farizan (Algonquin Young Readers)
  • Local Souls, by Allan Gurganus (Liveright/W.W. Norton)
  • The Two Hotel Francforts, by David Leavitt (Bloomsbury USA)
  • Where You Can Find Me, by Sheri Joseph (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press)
Finalists for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction
  • An Honest Ghost, by Rick Whitaker (Jaded Ibis Press)
  • How to Shake the Other Man, by Derek Palacio (Nouvella)
  • If You Could Be Mine, by Sara Farizan (Algonquin Young Readers)
  • Letters Never Sent, by Sandra Moran (Bedazzled Ink)
The winners will be announced at our awards ceremony on April 24, 2014, 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.

Playwright María Irene Fornés Receives Bill Whitehead Lifetime Achievement Award

María Irene Fornés is the 2014 recipient of the Publishing Triangle's Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement, named in honor of the legendary editor of the 1970s and 1980s. This honor, which carries the largest cash prize in LGBT letters, will be presented at our awards ceremony on April 24, 2014, in New York City.
FornesBorn in Cuba, María Irene Fornés is a pivotal figure in Hispanic-American, LGBT, and experimental theater, both for her unique vision as a writer and for her dedication as a director and teacher. She has written more than 40 stage works, including Tango Palace (1963), The Successful Life of 3 (1965), Promenade (1965), The Office (1966), A Vietnamese Wedding (1967), Dr. Kheal (1968), Molly's Dream (1968), Fefu and Her Friends (1977), Evelyn Brown (1980), The Danube (1981), Mud (1983), Sarita (1984), The Conduct of Life (1985), Abingdon Square (1987), and Letters From Cuba (2000).
Fornés, who has directed classic dramas as well as many of her own plays, has had a long collaboration with INTAR at The Hispanic American Arts Center in New York City. She is the recipient of nine Village Voice Obie Awards for both playwriting and direction. Her play And What of the Night? (1989) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, and Fornés has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Robert Chesley Award for LGBT theater. Her work continues to be performed around the world, both professionally and at many universities and colleges.

The Bill Whitehead Award is given to a woman in even-numbered years and to a man in odd years, and the winner receives $3000.

Sinister Wisdom Magazine Honored with Publishing Triangle Leadership Award

Sinister Wisdom magazine is the winner of the Publishing Triangle's Leadership Award. The prize will be presented at our awards ceremony on April 24, 2014, in New York City. Created in 2002, this award recognizes contributions to lesbian and gay literature by those who are not primarily writers-editors, agents, librarians, and institutions.

swSinister Wisdom is a multicultural lesbian literary and art journal that publishes four issues each year. Publishing since 1976, Sinister Wisdom works to create a multicultural, multi-class lesbian space. Sinister Wisdom seeks to open, consider and advance the exploration of lesbian community issues. It recognizes the power of language to reflect the diverse experiences in the lesbian community and to enhance the ability of lesbians to develop critical judgment as they evaluate their community and their world. Julie R. Enszer, PhD, is the current editor and publisher of Sinister Wisdom.

In 2013, Sinister Wisdom moved into book publishing as well, in partnership with A Midsummer Night's Press. Its Sapphic Classics are reprint editions of iconic works of lesbian poetry. The first such title, Minnie Bruce Pratt's Crime Against Nature, was published in April 2013; the second Sapphic Classic, Cheryl Clarke's Living as a Lesbian, came out in January 2014.

For its decades of publishing to a queer audience, Sinister Wisdom, the oldest surviving lesbian literary journal, is being honored with the Publishing Triangle's Leadership Award.

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Our LGBT Reading List
Do you love LGBT literature and want to know what to read next? Well, then you've landed on the right web page. The Publishing Triangle asked two distinguished panels of judges to come up with The 100 Best Lesbian and Gay Novels and The 100 Best Lesbian and Gay Nonfiction Books of all time.

We also asked fourteen lesbian book reviewers, booksellers, librarians, and/or authors to name the Most Notable Lesbian Books of 2004.

Also be sure to check out new publications by Publishing Triangle members and books that won 2004 Publishing Triangle Awards.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
, 7 p.m.
Finalists Reading at Barnes & Noble
, 150 East 86 Street (between Lexington and Third Avenues), New York, NY 10028.

For the first time, the Publishing Triangle is holding a 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 2013, the night before our awards ceremony. The event is free and open to the public; nominated books are available for purchase.

Eight authors are scheduled to appear: four novelists, two poets, and two nonfiction writers. They are:
  • Christopher Castellani, All This Talk of Love (nominated for Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction)
  • Rick Whitaker, An Honest Ghost (nominated for Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction)
  • Derek Palacio, How to Shake the Other Man (also a Debut Fiction finalist)
  • Sandra Moran, Letters Never Sent (also a Debut Fiction finalist)
  • Charlie Bondhus, All the Heat We Could Carry (nominated for Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry)
  • Michael Klein, The Talking Day (also a Gay Poetry finalist)
  • Julia M. Allen, Passionate Commitments (nominated for Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction)
  • Donna Minkowitz, Growing Up Golem (also a Lesbian Nonfiction finalist)
  • Jim Elledge, Henry Darger (nominated for Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction)
Thursday, April 24, 2014
The 26th Annual Triangle Awards
honor the best in LGBT fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for 2013. At The Auditorium, New School, 66 West 12 Street, New York, NY 10011. 7 p.m.; free.