Date: 2013 Holiday
Publishing Triangle’s holiday party,
featuring vittles, drinks, good cheer, and
interesting conversation, will be held on
Thursday, December 5. Longtime member John
Elliott has offered his apartment as the
site for this celebration of Christmas,
Hanukkah, and any other year-end occasion
you want to celebrate!
Here are the details: Publishing Triangle
Holiday Party / Thursday, December 5,
2013 / 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. / 255
West 108 St., apartment 12B (northeast
corner of Broadway and 108) / The nearest
subway stop is 110 Street on the #1 line.
Friends from our media sponsors, the Lambda
Literary Foundation and Curtis-Brown, will
be coming as well, so it should be quite the
The cost of admission for current Publishing
Triangle members is $15; for others it is
$25. (As a special offer, join the Triangle
that night--membership is $40--and receive
admission to the party for only $10; so you
pay a total of $50. This offer is available
only to brand-new members and to anyone
whose membership expired before 1/1/2013 )
There will be an open bar and snacks.
If you plan on coming, we would appreciate a
heads-up, so kindly RSVP to
email@example.com, using “Holiday
Party” in the subject line. We look forward
to seeing you on December 5.
Submissions Now Open for
for the Publishing Triangle’s Edmund White Award
for Debut Fiction; Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian
Poetry; Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry; Judy
Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction; and Randy
Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction; as well as for
the Ferro-Grumley Literary Award for LGBT
fiction are now open.
You can find instructions
and guidelines here on our web site. Click
here for the downloadable submission form.
Books published in the English in the United
States or Canada in calendar year 2013 are
generally eligible for these awards; however,
see the guidelines for specifics. The deadline
for submissions is Thursday, December 5, 2013.
The entrance fee is $35 per title.
If you have any questions, please write to us
via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will get back to you as promptly as we can.
History Is a
Story of Change
D'Emilio, scholar, historian, and activist,
won this year's Bill Whitehead Award for
Lifetime Achievement. The author of Lost
Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard
discussed the evolution of LGBT history in
his acceptance speech, which we've put on
our website. Click
here to read his comments at the
Publishing Triangle Awards ceremony on April
Award Namesake Bill Whitehead
At our awards ceremony this
spring, Edmund White shared some
memories of Bill Whitehead,the namesake
of our Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime
Achievement. Whitehead was the
editor-in-chief of E.P. Dutton in the
late 1970s through the mid-1980s; he
then worked at Macmillan from late 1985
until shortly before his death, in 1987,
from AIDS. He was Edmund White's editor
and one of the first out LGBT book
publishing executives. Here are White's
was a sexy, brainy man who had one brown eye
and one blue and who'd lost his Southern
accent but not his hospitable Southern ways.
Although he was very welcoming to gay
fiction, he also published lots of other
stuff at E.P. Dutton, where he'd also
started Obelisk, a quality reprint paperback
line. My lover Chris Cox, another brainy
Southerner, went to work for him; Chris was
an original member of The Violet Quill.
Bill died young from AIDS, but fortunately
he took a sabbatical year off before he
became ill and toured North Africa and
Europe in a trailer. I remember working out
with him in my Paris living room and he was
so vigorous, while I was exhausted after ten
minutes and sore for a week.
Under his tutelage I wrote States of
Desire and A Boy's Own
Story; the success of Boy's
Own startled us both. The
beautiful but hateful boy in the original
cover photograph sued the publisher of the
paperback for a million dollars, which he
won since he was only fourteen and not
eighteen when he signed the photo release.
He claimed that being on the cover of a
notorious gay book had ruined his life;
fortunately, a federal judge decided a few
years ago that being called gay in print is
no longer actionable. I mention this abysmal
episode only because Bill was forced to
testify in a Miami court shortly before he
died. Our correspondence was requisitioned.
I'd signed my letters to him "Love, Ed" and
the prosecution claimed that revealed we
were two sinister homosexual lovers plotting
to destroy an innocent teen.
At the end of his life, Bill commissioned me
to write a biography of the French writer
Jean Genet. He was no longer working when I
finished the book that preceded it, The
Beautiful Room Is Empty, but I
so admired him I paid him out of my own
pocket to edit it.
Bill was glamorous, charming, and worldly.
He always wore his sleeves rolled up to
reveal his muscular arms. He lived in the
Chelsea Hotel and tricked a lot, but at the
end he settled down with the great
Balanchine ballet dancer Anthony Blum. I'm
delighted this prize is named for him; it
will keep his name alive, just as a street
in Key West named "Whitehead," recalls one
of his ancestors.
Winners Announced for 2012's
Best Lesbian and Gay Fiction, Nonfiction,
Poetry, and Debut Fiction
Triangle proudly announces the winners for its 25th annual
Triangle Awards, honoring the best lesbian and gay
fiction, nonfiction, and poetry published in 2012. The
winners were announced at a ceremony at the New School on
April 25, 2013.
The Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry
and Spectacle, by Rachel Rose (Harbour
Light That Puts an End to Dreams, by Susan
Sherman (Wings Press)
of Call, by Davida Singer (Plain View
for a Shotgun, by Marty McConnell (EM
The Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry
for the Gulf Motel, by Richard Blanco
(University of Pittsburgh Press)
by Aaron Smith (University of Pittsburgh Press)
- He Do
the Gay Man in Different Voices, by
Stephen S. Mills (Sibling Rivalry Press)
Lightning, by Eduardo C. Corral (Yale
The Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction
Winner: A Horse
Named Sorrow, by Trebor Healey (University of
Arab Melancholia, by Abdelleh Taïa
Blood, by Ellen Ullman (Farrar Straus
of Angels, by Perry Brass (Belhue Press)
Lava in My Bones, by Barry Webster
(Arsenal Pulp Press)
Change, by Ken Anderson (Starbooks Press)
The Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction
Winner: Are You
My Mother? by Alison Bechdel (Houghton Mifflin
. Ms. Bechdel is the first repeat winner of the
Judy Grahn Award, having been honored in 2007 for Fun
Home, her 2006 graphic memoir.
Almost Certainly Real Imaginary Jesus, by
Kelly Barth (Arktoi/Red Hen)
Queer and Pleasant Danger, by Kate
Bornstein (Beacon Press)
- Why Be
Happy When You Can Be Normal, by Jeanette
Winterson (Grove Press)
The Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction
Outlaws, by Christopher Bram
in the Belly: The Life and Times of David
Wojnarowicz, by Cynthia Carr (Bloomsbury)
- How to
Be Gay, by David M. Halperin
(Belknap/Harvard University Press)
Duncan: The Ambassador from Venus, by Lisa
Jarnot (University of California Press)
The Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction
Winner: Monstress, by
Lysley Tenorio (Ecco/HarperCollins)
Like This, by Monica Trasandes (Thomas
Dunne Books/St. Martin’s)
Evening Hour, by Carter Sickels
in Theory, by E. J. Levy (University of
Standing, l to r: The Publishing
Triangle's Trent Duffy,
Whitehead winner John D'Emilio,
Trebor Healey, Leadership Award winner
the PT's Carol Rosenfeld,
Ferro-Grumley's Stephen Greco,
and (kneeling) Rachel Rose (l), winner
of the Audre Lorde
Poetry Award, and F-G's Sarah Van
Director of Literature Ira
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to lesbian and
by those who
the NEA's The
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agent and an
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LGBT books and
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April 25, 2013
at The New
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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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on its members and friends to volunteer
their services. We could use help with event
planning, fund raising, the web site, and
coordinating many other activities. If you
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Thursday, December 5, 2013, 6-9 p.m.: The
Publishing Triangle’s Holiday Party. At the home of
John Elliott, 255 West 108 St., apartment 12B.
Admission is $15 for members, $25 for others.
Details in the article to the left. Please RSVP to
Friday, December 6, 4-10:30 p.m.: 40th
Anniversary of the Lesbian Herstory Archives. To
kick off a year-olng celebration of the 40th
anniversary of the Herstory Archives, an art benefit
will be hosted by Johannes Vogt Gallery and
co-sponsored by Alexander Gray Associates. Viewing
hours are 4-6 p.m.; raffle and reception hours are
6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. At the Johannes Vogt
Gallery, 508 West 26th St., #205, New York, NY,
10001-5518. Admission: $40 general admission to
reception, $140 for a raffle ticket. Contact April McMullan
for more information.
Thursday, April 24, 2014, save the date:
Publishing Triangle Awards, Tisch Auditorium, New
School, New York, NY. More details to follow.