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Finalists Announced for 2018’s Best LGBTQ Books

The Publishing Triangle is very proud to announce the nominees for the best LGBTQ books of 2018. The winners in these seven competitive categories will be announced at the 31st annual Triangle Awards. The ceremony will be held on April 25, 2019, at the Auditorium of the New School (66 West 12 Street in New York City) at 7 p.m. In addition to these prizes in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and trans or gender-variant literature, we will be presenting the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award, and the Publishing Triangle Leadership Award that evening.

This year’s finalists are:
Finalists for the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction
Black, Queer, Southern, Women: An Oral History, by E. Patrick Johnson (University of North Carolina Press)
Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice, by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (Arsenal Pulp Press)
The Lesbian South: Southern Feminists, the Women in Print Movement, and the Queer Literary Canon, by Jaime Harker (University of North Carolina Press)
Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry, by Imani Perry (Beacon Press)

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha was a finalist for this award three years ago, for her book Dirty River; she has also been a finalist for the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry.
Finalists for the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction
Harvey Milk, by Lillian Faderman (Yale University Press)
How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, by Alexander Chee (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke, by Jeffrey C. Stewart (Oxford University Press)
Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation, by Robert W. Fieseler (Liveright/W. W. Norton)

Lillian Faderman’s Naked in the Promised Land won the Judy Grahn Award in 2004; she is also a past recipient of the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement. Alexander Chee’s Edinburgh was a finalist for the Ferro-Grumley Award for Gay Fiction in 2002. Jeffrey C. Stewart’s biography of Alain Locke has already won the National Book Award for Nonfiction.

Finalists for the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry
Autobiography of a Wound, by Brynne Rebele-Henry (University of Pittsburgh Press)
High Ground Coward, by Alicia Mountain (University of Iowa Press)
Mosaic of the Dark, by Lisa Dordal (Black Lawrence Press)
Rest, by Margaree Little (Four Way Books)
Finalists for the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry
Cenzontle, by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo (BOA Editions)
Forgive the Body This Failure, by Blas Falconer (Four Way Books)
Luminous Debris: New and Selected Legerdemain, 1992–2017, by Timothy Liu (Barrow Street Press)
Not Here, by Hieu Minh Nguyen (Coffee House Press)

Finalists for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction
Freshwater, by Akwaeke Emezi (Grove Press)
Heartland, by Ana Simo (Restless Books)
The House of Impossible Beauties, by Joseph Cassara (Ecco/HarperCollins)
That Was Something, by Dan Callahan (Squares and Rebels)

Finalists for the Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature
Confessions of the Fox, by Jordy Rosenberg (One World/Random House)
Holy Wild, by Gwen Benaway (Bookthug Press)
Some Animal, by Ely Shipley (Nightboat Books)
The Soul of the Stranger, by Joy Ladin (Brandeis University Press)

Ely Shipley previously won the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry in 2009, for Boy with Flowers.

Finalists for the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction
Drapetomania, by John R. Gordon (Team Angelica)
Eden, by Andrea Kleine (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
The Evolution of Love, by Lucy Jane Bledsoe (Rare Bird)
A Ladder to the Sky, by John Boyne (Hogarth/Crown)
Tin Man, by Sarah Winman (Putnam)
Lucy Jane Bledsoe’s A Thin Bright Line was a finalist for this award two years ago. John Boyne’s The Heart’s Invisible Furies was a finalist for this award last year.

The winner in each of the seven categories above will receive a prize of $1000. Please join us in congratulating this worthy batch of nominees.

Jaime Manrique Wins Lifetime Achievement Prize

Jaime Manrique is the 2019 recipient of the Publishing Triangle’s Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement, named in honor of the legendary editor of the 1970s and 1980s.

ManriqueJaime Manrique is a Colombian-born novelist, poet, essayist, and translator who writes both in English and Spanish. His work has been translated into fifteen languages. Among his publications in English are five novels: Colombian Gold, Latin Moon in Manhattan, Twilight at the Equator, Our Lives Are the Rivers, and Cervantes Street. He has also published the memoir Eminent Maricones: Arenas, Lorca, Puig, and Me. Manrique’s selected poems were published in Spanish in 2016.

Manrique’s honors include Colombia’s National Poetry Award, a 2007 International Latino Book Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has taught at Columbia University’s MFA program in creative writing and is currently a distinguished lecturer in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures at the City College of New York. Manrique’s sixth novel, Like This Afternoon Forever?, will be published in June 2019 by Kaylie Jones Books/Akashic Books. He has another new novel in the works, entitled The Rooster from Aracataca.

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.

Manrique, who lives in New York City, will accept this prize at the Publishing Triangle’s annual awards ceremony on April 25, 2019. It will be held at the New School’s Auditorium, 66 West 12 Street, in Greenwich Village, New York, starting at 7 p.m.
Photo by Isaías Fanio

Julian Randall to Receive Emerging Writer Award

The Publishing Triangle is pleased to announce that Julian Randall is the recipient of its Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award. This prize is given for an LGBTQ writer who has published at least one book but not more than two.

RandallIn selecting Randall for this award, the judges said, “Although still very early in his career, Julian Randall is already changing the form and accessibility of poetry. From a searing personal journey to find his place in the world, he forces us to assess our own standing, and, perhaps more important, ask the hard questions about the fabric of society itself.”

Julian Randall, the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, is from Chicago. He is a fellow of Cave Canem, Callaloo, BOAAT and the Watering Holes. His poetry has been published in The New York Times Magazine, Ploughshares, and Poetry and anthologized in Bettering American Poetry, Nepantla, and Furious Flower. Randall holds an MFA in Poetry from Ole Miss. His first book, Refuse (University of Pittsburgh Press), won the 2017 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award in Poetry.

The Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award honors Betty Berzon (1928–2006), the author and psychotherapist known for her work with the LGBTQ community. Teresa DeCrescenzo, Berzon’s widow, funds this award (Randall will receive $1500) and will present it to Julian Randall at our awards ceremony. Join us for the Triangle Awards on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at the New School Auditorium, 66 West 12 Street, Greenwich Village New York City. The presentations start at 7 p.m.
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Leadership Prize Bestowed on Paul Willis of Saints and Sinners

Paul Willis 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.
Willis Paul Willis established the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans in 2003. Now in its sixteenth year, the festival has grown into an internationally recognized event that brings together a who’s who of LGBTQ publishers, writers, and readers from throughout the United States and beyond. Under Willis’s direction, the festival now includes annual contests in short story, poetry, and playwriting, as well as an emerging writer award.

In addition, he integrated Saints and Sinners with the larger Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, and serves as the executive director of both these festivals. Through Willis’s leadership, Saints and Sinners is not simply an LGBTQ literary conference but a true community.

Join us in congratulating Paul Willis at the Publishing Triangle’s annual awards ceremony on April 25, 2019. It will be held at the New School’s Auditorium, 66 West 12 Street, in Greenwich Village, New York, starting at 7 p.m.
Photo by Ride Hamilton

Become a Queer Storyteller for NYC

On behalf of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control, Public Health Solutions is seeking to hire a consultant to coordinate the development and implementation of a community storytelling initiative by and for LGBTQ persons of color.

Among other qualifications, the ideal candidate for this job should have expertise in conducting community engagement activities with LGBTQ persons of color in NYC; demonstrate an understanding of the diverse and intersecting identities, lived experience/context, and multitude of social determinants of health among LGBTQ persons of color and how that impacts their health and well-being; demonstrate a strong connection and ability to reach diverse communities of LGBTQ persons of color in NYC; demonstrate experience in facilitating dialogue and input from a diverse group of stakeholders; have experience in community storytelling, theatrical coaching, theater production, creative arts, and other experience applicable to conducting storytelling initiatives; have experience in event planning and managing large-scale logistics; and have strong fiscal management and project management skills.

Further information and an application are available on Public Health Solutions’ website, Applications must be received by March 26, 2019.

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. 

Alice Bloch
Mother-Daughter Banquet: A Memoir
Minerva Rising Press
February 2019 * ISBN: 978-0-9990254-8-2 * $15
Diving deep into her specific memories of growing up as a Jewish lesbian in mid-twentieth-century Ohio, Alice Bloch reaches for universal truths about the mother-daughter bond. This compelling memoir untangles the knot of memory and finds the thread of love and reconciliation.


Carlos T Mock, MD
The corner Queen -- La Loca de La Esquina:  A Romance and A revolution
Floricanto Press
July 2018 * ISBN-10: 1723316032 * ISBN-13: 978-1723316036 * 19.95
In 1950 The Puerto Rican Nationalist Party organized a series of uprisings that took place in various Puerto Rican cities on October 30th. The uprisings were suppressed by strong ground and air military force. For most Americans, these events are unknown. For most Puerto Ricans, they are but another blood stain on our path to nationhood. ‘The Corner Queen -- La Loca de la Esquina: A Romance and a Revolution’ narrates the events preceding the revolt -- from March to November of 1950 -- from the point of view of a drag queen who innocently gets involved with Julio, a student revolutionary.

Charlie Bondhus

Divining Bones
Sundress Publications
September 2018 * 978-1939675743/$14
Boys become crones; baked bread becomes a baby; electricity turns out to be Jesus; a first grade class stages Oedipus Rex. At the center of it all stands Baba Yaga, the child-eating forest witch and earth goddess of Russian folklore. Under her tutelage, Charlie Bondhus uses the occult and the magickal to explore the fluidity of age, gender, and self-perception in this radical and playful book.

BL Wilson
Waiting For The Good; Already had the bad
Patchwork Bluez Press
November  2018 * ASIN: 172884214X * $13.99
Can Annabelle deal with the personalities in her home? Can Annabelle teach Ellison how to live with a disability? Will the attraction between Ellison & Annabelle come to fruition? Find out in #LezRom#

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Wednesday, April 24, 7 p.m.: Finalists’ reading at Bureau of General Services/Queer Division, 208 West 13th Street, 2d floor, NYC. A list of readers will be posted on our Facebook and Twitter feeds. Free; optional contribution to the Bureau of General Services. Books by the readers will be on sale.

Thursday, April 25, 2019: Publishing Triangle Awards Ceremony: Join us at the New School; the ceremony is free and open to the public. 66 West 12th Street, New York City, 7 p.m.