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Winners Announced for Best LGBT Fiction, Debut Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry Published in 2014

The Ferro-Grumley Award for lesbian and gay fiction was established in 1988 to recognize, promote excellence in, and give greater access to fiction writing from lesbian and gay points of view. The award, which has widened to embrace bisexuals and the transgendered, honors the memory of authors Robert Ferro (The Blue Star, Second Son) and Michael Grumley (Life Drawing), life partners who died that year of AIDS, within weeks of each other.

Winner: Mr. Loverman, by Bernardine Evaristo (Akashic Books)

Finalists for the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction

All I Love and Know, by Judith Frank (William Morrow/HarperCollins)

I Loved You More, by Tom Spanbauer (Hawthorne Books)
Sideways Down the Sky
, by Barry Brennessel (MLR Press)
When Everything Feels Like the Movies, by Raziel Reid (Arsenal Pulp Press)

The Publishing Triangle’s Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction was first presented in 2006. This prize highlights the Publishing Triangle’s ongoing commitment to emerging LGBT talent.

Winner: For Today I Am a Boy, by Kim Fu (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Finalists for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction

Little Reef and Other Stories, by Michael Carroll (University of Wisconsin Press)

New York 1, Tel Aviv 0, by Shelly Oria (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Unaccompanied Minors, by Alden Jones (New American Press)

The Publishing Triangle began giving the Shilts-Grahn awards for nonfiction in 1997. The Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction honors the American writer, cultural theorist and activist (b. 1940) best known for  Another Mother Tongue. It recognizes the best nonfiction book of the year by or about lesbians, bisexual women, and/or transwomen, or that has a significant influence upon the lives of queer women.

Winner: Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: 40 Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith, by Barbara Smith; edited by Alethia Jones and Virginia Eubanks (SUNY Press)

Finalists for the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction
A Cup of Water Under My Bed, by Daisy Hernandez (Beacon Press)

Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger, by Kelly Cogswell (University of Minnesota Press)

The End of Eve, by Ariel Gore (Hawthorne Books)

The Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction honors the journalist whose groundbreaking reporting on the AIDS epidemic for the San Francisco Chronicle made him a hero to many in the community. This award recognizes the best nonfiction book of the year by or about gay men, bisexual men, and/or transmen or that has a significant influence upon the lives of queer men. 

Winner: Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity, by Robert Beachy (Alfred A. Knopf)

Finalists for the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction

Hold Tight Gently, by Martin Duberman (The New Press)

The Prince of Los Cocuyos, by Richard Blanco (Ecco/HarperCollins)

Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe, by Philip Gefter (Liveright/W.W. Norton)

The Publishing Triangle established its poetry awards in 2001. The Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry honors the author of The Man with Night Sweats (1992), Boss Cupid (2000; the winner of the very first Triangle Award for Gay Male Poetry), and other works. This award was renamed in his honor in 2005.

Winner: Last Psalm at Sea Level, by Meg Day (Barrow Street Press)

Finalists for the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry

How a Mirage Works, by Beverly Burch (Sixteen Rivers Press)

Like a Beggar, by Ellen Bass (Copper Canyon Press)

Tiger Heron, by Robin Becker (University of Pittsburgh Press)

The Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry honors the American poet, essayist, librarian, and teacher. She received the Publishing Triangle's Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement shortly before her death. Among her other sixteen books are Zami (1982) and A Burst of Light (1989).

Winner: The New Testament, by Jericho Brown (Copper Canyon Press)

Finalists for the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry
I Don’t Know Do You
, by Roberto Montes (Ampersand Books)

Prelude to Bruise, by Saeed Jones (Coffee House Press)

The Selected Poetry of Pier Paolo Pasolini: A Bilingual Edition, edited and translated by Stephen Sartarelli (University of Chicago Press)



Rigoberto González Receives
Bill Whitehead Award


RigobertoRigoberto González is the 2015 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 23, 2015, in New York City.

Rigoberto González is the author of four books of poetry—most recently, Unpeopled Eden, which was a finalist last year for the Publishing Triangle’s Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry and won the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. His ten books of prose comprise two bilingual children’s books; the three young adult novels in the Mariposa Club series; the novel Crossing Vines; the story collection Men Without Bliss; and three books of nonfiction, including Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa, which was a finalist for the Publishing Triangle’s Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction and received the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation.

González has also edited Camino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing and a volume of the poet Alurista’s work, Xicano Duende. He is the recipient of, among others, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Barnes & Noble Writer for Writers Award.

González is contributing editor for Poets & Writers magazine, sits on the executive board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle, and is professor of English at Rutgers–Newark, the State University of New Jersey.

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

Finalists Reading on April 22


On April 22, 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 will be announced later. This reading, which will begin at 7 p.m., is free, and books by the readers will be sold.


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Thursday, August 13, 2015, 8 p.m.: Christopher Bram will join The Gay & Lesbian Reading Group for a Q&A following its discussion of his acclaimed book, Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America. Join us the second Thursday of each month, 8:00pm at the LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th Street, NYC. Click here for more information about the reading group.