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Hear Author Kevin Sessums in Conversation

On Monday evening, March 2, 2015, the Publishing Triangle is sponsoring a conversation with Kevin Sessums on the occasion of his new book, I Left It on the Mountain. Sessums will speak at New York City’s newly renovated LGBT Center at an event organized with Out Professionals.

I Left It on the Mountain is the follow-up to Sessums’s Mississippi Sissy. In a conversation with writer and producer Bradley Jacobs, Sessums will share stories not only about his life in the trenches of glamor at Vanity Fair and Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine—interviewing Madonna, Courtney Love, Daniel Radcliffe, Hugh Jackman, Diane Sawyer, and myriad other boldface names—but also how far he fell before reinventing himself and helping launch FourTwoNine magazine.

Admission to this event is $10 for Publishing Triangle members as well as Out Professional members; for non-members, its $15. Space is limited, so we encourage those interested in buying tickets in advance at:

For further details, see the calendar listing to the right.

Kevin Sessums (c) will talk with Bradley Jacobs (l) about
his new book on March 2 at the LGBT Center in New York. 

Update on Publishing Triangle Awards

Submissions for the Publishing Triangle Awards, honoring the best in LGBT fiction, debut fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, are now closed.
In early March we will announce the finalists in our six competitive categories, as well as the winner of the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement.
The awards ceremony will be  held on April 23, 2015, at the New School Auditorium, 66 West 12 Street, New York City, starting at 7 p.m.
If you have submitted a book into the competition and have questions about its status, please write

Winners Named for Best LGBT Fiction, Debut Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry Published in 2013

Young Adult Novel Wins in Two Categories

For the first time in the Triangle Awards’ history, a novel was awarded the top prize in two categories. If You Could be Mine, Sara Farizan’s young-adult novel about a teenage lesbian in Iran who considers gender-reassignment surgery, was awarded both the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction and the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction.


(l to r) Julia M. Allen, Sara Farizan, Charles Bondhus.
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: If You Could Be Mine, by Sara Farizan (Algonquin Young Readers)

  • All This Talk of Love, by Christopher Castellani (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)
  • 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)
If You Could Be Mine is only the second YA book to be honored with the Ferro-Grumley Award.

The Publishing Triangle’s newest literary award, the 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: If You Could Be Mine, by Sara Farizan (Algonquin Young Readers)

  • An Honest Ghost, by Rick Whitaker (Jaded Ibis Press)
  • How to Shake the Other Man, by Derek Palacio (Nouvella)
  • Letters Never Sent, by Sandra Moran (Bedazzled Ink)
If You Could Be Mine, which was the first title published by the new imprint Algonquin Young Readers, is also the first young-adult novel to receive the Edmund White Award.

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: Passionate Commitments: The Lives of Anna Rochester and Grace Hutchins, by Julia M. Allen (SUNY Press)

  • Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive, by Julia Serano (Seal Press)
  • Growing Up Golem, by Donna Minkowitz (Magnus Books/Riverdale Avenue Books)
  • Stuck in the Middle with You: A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders, by Jennifer Finney Boylan (Crown)
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: White Girls, by Hilton Als (McSweeney’s)

  • 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)
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: 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)
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: Enchantée, by Angie Estes (Oberlin College Press)

  • Butch Geography, by Stacey Waite (Tupelo Press)
  • She Has a Name, by Kamilah Aisha Moon (Four Way Books)
  • Swoop, by Hailey Leithauser (Graywolf Press)

The 26th annual Triangle Awards, honoring the best lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender fiction, nonfiction, and poetry published in 2013, were sponsored by Farrar Straus Giroux, St. Martin’s Press, and Curtis Brown, Ltd.

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.
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. The winner receives $3000—this is the largest prize in LGBT publishing. The playwright and director Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas accepted the award on Fornés’s behalf.

Sinister Wisdom Magazine Receives Leadership Award

At its annual awards ceremony on April 24, 2014, the Publishing Triangle presented its special Leadership Award to Sinister Wisdom magazine. Created in 2002, this award recognizes contributions to LGBT literature by those who are not primarily writers—editors, librarians, institutions, agents, and others. sw

Sinister Wisdom is a multicultural lesbian literary and art quarterly journal. Founded in 1976, the magazine works to create a multicultural, multi-class lesbian space. The journal also seeks to open, consider, and advance the exploration of lesbian community issues.

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.

Sinister Wisdom, the oldest surviving lesbian literary journal, has been honored with the Publishing Triangle’s Leadership Award for its decades of publishing to a queer audience. Author and activist Cheryl Clarke presented this award, which was accepted by the magazine’s publisher, Julie R. Enszer.

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Monday, March 2, 2015, doors open 6:30 p.m. for book sales and advance seating; program and Q&A, 7:15; book signing, 8:15. A Conversation with Kevin Sessums, author of I Left It on the Mountain is the follow-up to Kevin Sessums’s 2007 memoir Mississippi Sissy. Join Kevin and writer-producer Bradley Jacobs for an entertaining discussion, with Q&A, book signing, etc. The LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th Street; $10 Publishing Triangle and Out Professionals members; $15 others. Space is limited! Use the link in the accompanying story on our home page to purchase tickets now.

April 23, 2015
: Publishing Triangle Awards, The Auditorium at the New School, 66 West 12th Street, New York City, 7 p.m.