||MAY 2003 NewsletterAn LGBT Book Lover’s Dream
Following record-breaking attendance at the 2003 Publishing Triangle Awards, we have very high hopes for our next big event, Pink Ink: A Queer Book Expo--our one-day celebration of queer books, with free exhibits, author signings, workshops, panel discussions, a literary walking tour, and a cocktail party.The 2003 Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement
Pink Ink promises to be an LGBT book lover's dream: Meet authors, meet editors, buy books and other goodies. All Pink Ink events will take place on Saturday, June 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th Street. Proceeds will benefit the Publishing Triangle's annual awards.
First stop at Pink Ink: Browse the exhibition hall. Pick up a book or two to read at the beach or in the park, on the plane, train, bus or ferry. Admission to the exhibition hall is free.
In our exhibitors hallway, you will find tables from Pink Ink patrons the LGBT Community Center, InsightOut Books, and University of Wisconsin Press; and the following Pink Ink sponsors: Academy of American Poets, Akashic Books, Alyson Publications, Belhue Press, Creative Visions, Gray Wolf Press, Haworth Press, In Our Own Write, Michele Karlsberg Marketing & Management, Lambda Literary Foundation, Literally Bent, Merrill Lynch, Oscar Wilde Bookstore, Poets & Writers, Redbone Press, Ronny Cohen Art, Simon & Schuster, Soft Skull Press, and TLA Video
Authors who will be featured in the exhibit hall and workshops include Perry Brass, author of Warlock; James Earl Hardy, author of Love the One You’re With; Joan Larkin, author of Cold River and editor of A Woman Like That; Michael Lowenthal, author of Avoidance and The Same Embrace; Paula Martinac, author of Out of Time, Chicken, and The Queerest Places; Lesléa Newman, author of Felicia's Favorite Stories and She Loves Me, She Lo
ves Me Not; Felice Picano, author of Onyx, Like People in History, and The Book of Lies; Dr. Charles Silverstein, author of The New Joy of Gay Sex; Bruce Shenitz, editor of The Man I Might Become: Gay Men Write About Their Fathers; Sarah van Arsdale, author of Toward Amnesia; and Dan Woog, author of School's Out and Jocks 2.
Then take advantage of one of the master classes, publishing workshops, and/or walking tours. Classes and workshops require pre-registration. You can register by visiting our website, publishingtriangle.org, and clicking the Pink Ink icon in the left-hand column.
The full schedule is now in place, and we think you will agree that the line-up is impressive.
The Publishing Tango: How to submit to agents and editors in the hope of getting published, 10:30 a.m.–Noon, Cost: $15. Presented by Sarah Van Arsdale, author of Toward Amnesia. A fresh approach to the basics of the publication process, from proposal completion to giving your first bookstore reading, with an emphasis on publishing novels.
Agents 101, 10:30 a.m.–Noon, Cost: $50. Agents: Kristen Manges, Curtis Brown Ltd. and two others TBA. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED. Three literary agents—two representing fiction and one representing nonfiction—will offer private, 15-minute one-on-one critiques of query letters and the first 10-15 pages of a fiction manuscript, or query letters and a book proposal. Please specify fiction or nonfiction on the registration form, which is available on our website (click here).
Successful, Shameless Self-Publishing, 1:00–2:30 p.m., Cost: $15. Presented by Perry Brass, author of Warlock and How to Survive Your Own Gay Life,
among other bestselling books. Today, says Brass, all writers are self-published. How far do you see your career going? How will you survive in the publishing shark pool? Brass explains not just the nuts-and-bolts of financing, producing, marketing, and promoting your own books, but shows strategies to make self-publishing, or "author imprint" publishing, a vital part of your writing career.
"The Queerest Literary Places": Literary Walks, 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Cost: $20. Writer and community historian Paula Martinac leads a walking tour of various Greenwich Village sites associated with queer literary figures of the past, including Willa Cather, Lorraine Hansberry, Edward Albee, and Hart Crane. Registration fee includes free copy of The Queerest Places: A National Guide to Gay and Lesbian Historic Places.
Master Class in Poetry, with Joan Larkin, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Cost: $50. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED. Spend three hours improving your craft with award-winning poet and editor, Joan Larkin. Workshop limited to ten students. Send in no more than ten pages of poems, along with your registration form and a SASE to the Triangle’s office. You will be notified by June 1, if accepted to the class. If not accepted, your check and manuscript will be returned.
Master Class in Fiction, with Michael Lowenthal, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Cost: $50. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED. Spend three hours improving your craft with award-winning fiction writer, Michael Lowenthal. Workshop limited to eight students. Send in no more than 25 pages of a story or novel except, along with your registration form and a SASE to the Triangle’s office. You will be notified by June 1, if accepted to the class. If not accepted, your check and manuscript will be returned.
The State of LGBT Publishing: In the Pink? 3:00–4:30 p.m., FREE. The closing panel of the day addresses the state of LGBT publishing. Moderated by Barbara Raab, of NBC News, the panel fea
tures Raphael Kadushin (University of Wisconsin Press), Lisa Moore (Redbone Press), Felice Picano (author), David Rosen (InsightOut Books), Kim Brinster (Oscar Wilde Bookstore), and Lesléa Newman (author).
Drink Pink! 5:00–7:00 p.m. The end of the day cocktail party will feature fabulous pink concoctions, among other libations. CASH BAR: all proceeds will benefit the Triangle Awards for LGBT writers.
We hope to see you all there!
Novelist Christopher Bram is the winner of the 2003 Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement. Bram's first novel, Surprising Myself, was published in 1987, and he has consistently presented compelling visions of life--gay life in specific, but never ignoring the other (so-called broader?) aspects of human experience--in his books ever since. He has reviewed books and movies and his essays have been published in several anthologies, including Hometowns and Boys Like Us: Gay Writers Tell Their Coming Out Stories. His eighth novel, Lives of the Circus Animals, will be published by William Morrow in October 2003.Follow the Lavender Line
In his acceptance speech, Bram spoke about the overhyped--and thoroughly inaccurate--reports in the media on the death of gay publishing. "There seem to be a lot of people out there who can't wait to declare us dead and buried," Bram said. "They say that gay people don't need their own books anymore. We're assimilated now. We have civil rights--well, in some states and cities, anyway. We have Barney Frank. We have Gay Republicans. We have Will and Grace. We don't need gay bookstores. We don't even need gay books."
"The problem isn't that we don't have enough good books or writers," Bram continued, "but that we need more good readers. Which is what groups like the Publishing Triangle have always been about, finding new people and introducing them to books, sort of like Date Bait for literature. But let's admit an ugly truth here
: real readers--hungry, curious, open-minded readers of fiction in particular and good books in general--gay and straight--are a minority.
"Gay people who don't read gay fiction like to complain about it--it makes them feel better about not reading. The most common complaints are that it's not as good as straight fiction, which is nonsense, and that it's nothing but coming-out stories. I've been in this business exactly twenty-five years now--I published my first short story in Christopher Street magazine in 1978, plucked from the slush pile by Patrick Merla, who's also here tonight. But for twenty-five years, I've been hearing, 'There are too many coming-out novels, it's nothing but coming-out novels, when are we going to get past the coming-out novel'--when, in fact, I have to sit down and think really hard before I can name any book that qualifies as just a coming-out novel."
Bram recently sat down with the Publishing Triangle website staff for a Q&A. To view the entire interview on our website, simply click here. And keep a look out on our website for Bram's complete speech, to be posted in the next few weeks.
And for more coverage of the 2003 Publishing Triangle Awards, check out the Gay City News article here.
Heritage of Pride, the not-for-profit group dedicated to organizing LGBT events in New York to commemorate and celebrate the Stonewall Riots, has announced its Pride Week 2003 events. Pride Week 2003 is June 22 through June 29, and includes the Pride March on Sunday, June 29, that follows a lavender line painted down Fifth Avenue.Mark Your Calendars
Here is a quick rundown of the main Pride Week events. For more information, visit Heritage of Pride on the web at NYCpride.org.
The Rally <
Emcee: Kate Rigg
Bryant Park (42nd Street and 6th Avenue)
Sunday, June 22, 2003, 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
To contact the Rally committee by email: HOPRALLY@yahoo.com
The 34th Annual LGBT Pride March
Grand Marshals: Cherry Jones and Terrence McNally
5th Ave and 52nd St to Christopher and Greenwich Sts.
Sunday, June 29, 2003, 12:00 p.m.-end
Registration Forms are now available.
For information contact the March committee by email: HOPMARCH@yahoo.com
Greenwich and Washington Sts. Between Christopher and Spring Sts.
Sunday, June 29, 2003, 11:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
For vendor registration contact: Clearview Festival Productions by calling (646) 230-0489.
Stagefest, KidSpace, ArtSpace
Pier 54 (13th St. @ the Hudson River) in Hudson River Park
Sunday, June 29, 2003, 4:30 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
MasterBeat DJ: Brett Henrichsen
Opening DJ: Kris Kono
Lighting by Ross Berger
To contact the Dance committee by email: HOPDANCE@yahoo.com
Here are some events in June of interest to our membership. Many of these events are co-sponsored by the Publishing Triangle.Help Wanted
On Thursday, June 5, Out Professionals and the Publishing Triangle present award-winning actor Richard Chamberlain on the very day his new book, Shattered Love: A Memoir, comes out. Chamberlain discusses his forty-year career in film, TV, and theater with Newsweek's B. J. Sigesmund. A four-time Emmy nominee and a three-time winner of the Golden Globe Award, Chamberlain has starred in such television classics as Dr. Kildare, Centennial, Shogun, and The Thorn Birds, now celebrating its twentieth anniversary. The event will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th Street. (Expected attendance is 75-95 people.) Book signing; sales by Oscar Wilde Bookshop. Publishing Triangle and OutProfessionals members $6.00; nonmembers $9.00.
How can a gay man can undo the damage of ageism and embrace the changes that come at midlife? On Monday, June 16, Out Professionals and the Publishing Triangle present psychologist Harold Kooden, Ph.D., and editor Charles Flowers, the co-authors of Golden Men: The Power of Gay Midlife, in a dialogue with writer Carol Rosenfeld, former co-chair of the LGBT Center's In Our Own Write program. Discover how aging can be a second coming-out, in which a gay man brings about the empowerment of his older self. The event will be held at 8:00 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th Street. (Expected attendance is 40-60 people.) Book signing; sales by Oscar Wilde Bookshop. Publishing Triangle and OutProfessionals members $6.00; nonmembers $9.00.
On Monday, June 23, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m., kick off Pride Week in New York City with Garden Party 20, a benefit for The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center. Garden Party 20 will be held in John Seravalli Park (at Hudson & Gansevoort Streets). Garden Party sponsorship is the lifeblood of a rich and celebratory Center tradition. This is your opportunity to become a sponsor and to join the community at this outdoor celebration, where you can mingle, savor delicious food, and enjoy entertainment from nationally recognized talent. Also available will be a Silent Auction with irresistible gifts. This year, the Center celebrates 20 years of service to the community and 20 years of Garden Party. To buy tickets for Garden Party 20, drop by the LGBT Center or visit their website by clicking here.
On Thursday, June 26, the Publishing Triangle, the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, and the LGBT Community Center will co-sponsor Speaking Volumes: Voices from the World of Gay and Lesbian Independent Literary Publishing. This panel discussion will present writers and their editors in a new way toward demystifying
the editorial and publishing process while providing access to the literary riches of the Gay and Lesbian community. Three leading indie lit editors will introduce one of their writers reading a selection from a work being published, speaking about their collaborative work with the writer. The audience will then be invited to participate in a discussion amongst the editors and writers about the state of literature and publishing within the Gay and Lesbian community.
Writers and panelists include:
William Sterling Walker, whose fiction has appeared in Modern Words, Harrington Gay Men's Fiction Quarterly, Brooklyn Review, and The Best American Gay Fiction 2. His memoir "January 18, 1989" was included in Boys Like Us: Gay Writers Tell Their Coming-Out Stories. His criticism has appeared in Lambda Book Report and LGNY. Presented by Patrick Merla, Editor of The James White Review.
G. Winston James, a Jamaican-born poet and short-fiction writer. His prose and essays are featured in Callaloo, Fighting Words: Personal Essays by Black Gay Men, The Mammoth Book of Gay Erotica, His 2: Brilliant New Fiction by Gay Writers, Shade: An Anthology of Short Fiction by Gay Men of African Descent, and Waves: An Anthology of New Gay Fiction. His first collection of poetry, Lyric: Poems Along A Broken Road, was a finalist publication in the 1999 Lambda Literary Awards competition for poetry. Presented by Lisa Moore, Publisher/Editor of Red Bone Press.
Cheryl Clark, whose books of poetry include Experimental Love, which was nominated for a 1994 Lambda Literary Award; Humid Pitch, Living as a Lesbian; and Narratives: Poems in the Tradition of Black Women. Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including The Black Scholar, The Kenyon Review, Belles Lettres, The World in Us: An Anthology of Lesbian and Gay Poetry, and Persistent Desire: A Femme-Butch Read
er. Clarke is also the Director of the Office of Diverse Community Affairs and Lesbian-Gay Concerns at Rutgers University. Presented by Charles Flowers, Editor/Publisher, Bloom.
The panel will be moderated by Jeffrey Lependorf, Executive Director of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, the country's only organization devoted to serving independent literary publishers through technical assistance and advocacy programs.
The event will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th Street. For additional information, visit the CLMP site by clicking here.
The Speaking Volumes series is made possible through a generous grant from the New York Community Trust and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.
Two Publishing Triangle institutional members passed along notices of the following job opportunities.Gival Press Has Its Awards--
Haworth Press is seeking a part-time pubicist/review copy assistant for gay & lesbian fiction & non-fiction. This can be a work-at-home position. Main tasks: make sure that the Haworth review copy mailing list is up-to-date; develop ways to prioritize gay/lesbian review media, including both print and internet resources; encourage reviewing by main-stream media. If interested, please send name/address with resume, recommendations, salary needs/requirements. This is an excellent "second job" for GLBT author who needs additional income. Send letter with attachments to: Bill Cohen, Publisher, The Haworth Press, Inc. 10 Alice Street, Binghamton, New York 13904.
National Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Centers, Washington, D.C. seeks an Executive Director to support the work of a nation-wide network of LGBT community centers. The Executive Director will secure Association funding, perform public policy and advocacy work; develop association programming, maintain media relations. Requ
ires executive level leadership experience; demonstrated knowledge of LGBT communities and issues; superior written, verbal and public speaking skills; proven development/fundraising abilities. Send cover letter with salary requirements and resume by June 30, 2003 to: Ann DeGroot, OutFront Minnesota, 310 East 38th Street, Room 204, Minneapolis, MN 55409; Visit our website at www.lgbtcenters.org
We have received notice from Publishing Triangle member Gival Press of Arlington, Virginia, about the following awards. All three are open to any writer.--And Membership Has Its Rewards
ANNUAL GIVAL PRESS OSCAR WILDE AWARD
This award is given to the best previously unpublished original poem written in English of any length, in any style, typed, double spaced on one side only, which best relates gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered life, by a poet
who is 18 or older. Entrants are asked to submit their poems in the following manner: (1) without any kind of identification, with the exception of titles, and (2) with a separate cover page with the following information: name, address (street, city, and state with zip code), telephone number, e-mail address, if available, and a list of poems by title. Deadline: June 27 (postmarked). Charges $5 reading fee (USD). Prize: $100.00 (USD), and the poem, along with information about the poet, will be published on the website of Gival Press. Jeff Walt, winner of the Oscar Wilde Poetry Award-2002, will judge the entries anonymously.
ANNUAL GIVAL PRESS TRI-LANGUAGE POEM CONTEST
This award is given to previously unpublished original poems written in English, French, or
Spanish, of 20 lines or less, typed and double-spaced, on any topic, in any style, are eligible. Poets may submit up to 3 poems. Entrants are asked to submit their poems in the following
manner: (1) without any kind of identification, with the exception of the titles, and (2) with a separate cover page with the following information: name, address (street,
city, state and zip code), telephone number, e-mail address (if available), and a list of the poems by title. Deadline: October 12 (postmarked). Charges $5 reading fee. Prize: $75 (USD) for the winning poems written in English, French, or Spanish, and the poems, along with the information about the poets, will be published on the website of Gival Press. Judging the English, French, and Spanish entries anonymously will be last year's winners H. E. Wright, Anne McCrary Sullivan, and Sheila Tombe, listed respectively.
ANNUAL GIVAL PRESS POETRY CONTEST
This award is offered annually for previously unpublished poetry collection of at least 45 pages, which may include previously published poems. The competition seeks to award well-written, original poetry in English on any topic, in any style. Guidelines on website or by SASE or e-mail. Entrants are asked to submit their poems in the following manner: (1) without any kind of identification, with the exception of the titles, and (2) with a separate cover page with the following information: name, address (street,
city, state, and zip code), telephone number, e-mail address (if available), and a list of the poems by title. Deadline: December 15 (postmarked). Reading fee: $20 (USD). Prize: $1,000.00, plus publication, standard contract and 20 author's copies. Judging the entries anonymously will be last year's winner Janet I. Buck.
For more information, you can visit Gival Press on the web at givalpress.com, or contact Robert L. Giron at Gival Press, LLC, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington VA 22203. (Phone 703-351-0079, fax 703-351-0079, e-mail email@example.com. For entry fees, checks drawn on American banks should be made out to Gival Press, LLC.
New Publishing Triangle memberships have increased dramatically over the past few months. We guess that just goes to prove that it never hurts to ask.Housekeeping
For only $35 a year, you rece
ive discounts to events, nominating and voting privileges for the Triangle Awards, and the knowledge that you are supporting the Triangle in its efforts to promote lesbian and gay literature.
Membership is open to anyone interested in the growth of lesbian and gay writers, literature, and publishers. Our members come from all walks of life: book and magazine writers, editors, agents, marketing, sub-rights, publicity and sales people, booksellers, designers, librarians, and general book lovers.
So visit publishingtriangle.org/membership to sign up today.
Newsletter subscriptions have also increased dramatically. Unfortunately, so have the technical issues in getting our harmless little old e-mail past the big bad spam machines at some Internet service providers.Our Mission
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