The 25th Annual Triangle Awards Finalists Announced
The 25th annual Triangle Awards, celebrating the best gay and lesbian fiction, nonfiction, and poetry of 2012, will take place at the Tishman Auditorium of the New School (66 West 12 Street, NY, NY) on April 25th at 7 p.m. The awards will be free and open to the public, including a reception to follow.
The Publishing Triangle, the association of lesbians and gay men in publishing, began honoring a gay or lesbian writer for his or her body of work a few months after the organization was founded in 1989, and has now partnered with the Ferro-Grumley Literary Awards to present an impressive array of awards each spring.
The categories include: Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction, Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction, The Ferro–Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction, Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry, Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry.
A congratulations goes out to all of this year’s finalists, as well as historian and activist John D’Emilio, recipient of the 2013 Bill Whitehead Lifetime Achievement Award, and NEA Director of Literature Ira Silverberg, winner of the Publishing Triangle’s Leadership Award.
See the full list of finalists here.
Lesbian Poet Naomi Replansky Wins 2013 William Carlos Williams Award
A congratulations is also in order for poet Naomi Replansky, winner of the 2013 Williams Carlos Williams Award from the Poets Society of America.
Replansky, born in 1918, is a New York based author of four books of poetry, including Ring Song (1952), a nominee for the National Book Award, and her more recently released Collected Poems. In addition, she is known for her translations of German poet Bertolt Brecht and Yiddish poet Itzik Manger, among others. Poet B.H. Fairchild reflects on Replansky’s work:
…Replansky has become the master of a Blakean music radically unfashionable in its devotion to song-like meters and the reality and politics of working-class experience. For those of us who came upon her poems half a century ago, the appearance of Replansky’s Collected Poems is cause for celebration and, as an expression of deep gratitude and woefully belated recognition, the conferring of the William Carlos Williams Award.
Read “About Not Writing”, a poem by Naomi Replansky, and learn more about the award here.
Diversity in YA
Founded in 2011 by YA authors Malindo Lo and Cindy Pon, the recently relaunched Diversity YA recognizes young adult books “about all kinds of diversity, from race to sexual orientation to gender identity and disability.” Their tumblr includes author interviews, discussions, book lists, and new releases.
And while we’re on the topic of awards, Diversity YA just released the finalists for their first New Visions Award, “a new writing award for a debut author of color for a middle grade or young adult science fiction, fantasy, or mystery novel.” Finalists include: Rahul Kanakia and Akwaeke Zara Emezi. [Autostraddle]
Tin House and Granta Editors on “How to Run a Publication That Isn’t Sexist”
There has been much controversy in the writing community over the results of last week’s VIDA count, tracking the representation of women authors in literary publishing. In the words of Flavorwire, “another reminder of the gender prejudices that seem to be system to literary-minded magazines and journals.”
Though the majority of publications showed great neglect of female writer’s work, there was a short list of houses that made good numbers (Tin House, Granta and Boston Review). Flavorwire interviewed Tin House’s Rob Spillman and Granta’s John Freeman about their success in equaling out the byline gender gap.
We get so bogged down in these numbers that we forget that diversity isn’t just about numbers. It is about diversity of thought and one of the best ways to include a diversity of thought is by sharing perspectives from a diverse group of people who will, by virtue of who they are and how they move through the world, have interesting things to say. It’s simplistic to say this is simply about men and women. It’s about so much more.
2012 Triangle Awards Finalists Announced for Best Lesbian and Gay Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Debut Fiction
The Publishing Triangle proudly announces the finalists for its 25th annual Triangle Awards, honoring the best lesbian and gay fiction, nonfiction, and poetry published in 2012. This year’s nominees are:
Finalists for the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction
- Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
- My Almost Certainly Real Imaginary Jesus, by Kelly Barth (Arktoi/Red Hen)
- A Queer and Pleasant Danger, by Kate Bornstein (Beacon Press)
- Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal, by Jeanette Winterson (Grove Press)
Ms. Bechdel won the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement last year; she is also a past winner of the Judy Grahn Award (for Fun Home, 2007) and the Ferro–Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction (for The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For, 2009). Ms. Bornstein was the co-editor of Gender Outlaws, which won a Judges’ Special Award in Nonfiction from the Publishing Triangle in 2011. Ms. Winterson won the Ferro-Grumley Award in 1994 for her Written on the Body.
Finalists for the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction
- Eminent Outlaws, by Christopher Bram (Twelve/Hachette)
- Fire 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)
- Robert Duncan: The Ambassador from Venus, by Lisa Jarnot (University of California Press)
Mr. Bram is a past winner of the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement (in 2003) and won the Ferro-Grumley Award in 2007 for Exiles in America.
Finalists for The Ferro–Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction
- An Arab Melancholia, by Abdelleh Taia (Semiotext[e])
- By Blood, by Ellen Ullman (Farrar Straus Giroux)
- A Horse Named Sorrow, by Trebor Healey (University of Wisconsin Press)
- King of Angels, by Perry Brass (Belhue Press)
- The Lava in My Bones, by Barry Webster (Arsenal Pulp Press)
- Sea Change, by Ken Anderson (Starbooks Press)
Mr. Healey is a past winner of this award—his Through It Came Bright Colors won in 2004.
Finalists for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction
- Broken Like This, by Monica Trasandes (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s)
- The Evening Hour, by Carter Sickels (Bloomsbury)
- Love, in Theory, by E. J. Levy (University of Georgia Press)
- Monstress, by Lysley Tenorio (Ecco/HarperCollins)
Finalists for the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry
- Appetite, by Aaron Smith (University of Pittsburgh Press)
- He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices, by Stephen S. Mills (Sibling Rivalry Press)
- Looking for the Gulf Motel, by Richard Blanco (University of Pittsburgh Press)
- Slow Lightning, by Eduardo C. Corral (Yale University Press)
Mr. Blanco read an original poem at the inauguration of President Barack Obama this January.
Finalists for the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry
- The Light That Puts an End to Dreams, by Susan Sherman (Wings Press)
- Port of Call, by Davida Singer (Plain View Press)
- Song and Spectacle, by Rachel Rose (Harbour Publishing)
- Wine for a Shotgun, by Marty McConnell (EM Press)
The Triangle Awards will be presented on April 25, 2013, at the Tishman Auditorium of the New School (66 West 12th Street in New York City) at 7 p.m. The ceremony is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow.
Historian and Archivist John D’Emilio Honored with Bill Whitehead Award
John D’Emilio is the 2013 recipient of the Publishing Triangle’s Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement, named in honor of the legendary editor of the 1970s and 1980s.
A pioneer in the field of gay and lesbian studies, D’Emilio is the author or editor of more than half a dozen books, including Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities: The Making of a Homosexual Minority in the United States; Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America (with Estelle Freedman); and The World Turned: Essays on Gay History, Politics, and Culture. His Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin won the Publishing Triangle’s Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction in 2004. D’Emilio has also won fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and received the Brudner Prize from Yale University for lifetime contributions to gay and lesbian studies. A former co-chair of the board of directors of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, he was also the founding director of its Policy Institute. He teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The Bill Whitehead Award is given to a woman in even-numbered years and to a man in odd years. D’Emilio will receive his award at the 25th annual Triangle Awards, which will be presented at The New School (Tishman Auditorium; 66 West 12th Street; New York City) on Thursday, April 25, 2013, at 7 p.m.
NEA Director of Literature Ira Silverberg Receives Leadership Award
Ira Silverberg is the winner of the Publishing Triangle’s Leadership Award. Created in 2002, this award recognizes contributions to lesbian and gay literature by those who are not primarily writers-editors, agents, librarians, and institutions.
Ira Silverberg is currently the Director of Literature for the National Endowment for the Arts, where (among other things) he oversees the NEA’s The Big Read, a nationwide reading initiative. Before coming to the NEA, Silverberg was a literary agent and an editor. As an agent, he has managed a client list of award-winning fiction and nonfiction authors including Adam Haslett, Kathy Acker, Wayne Koestenbaum, David Wojnarowicz, Karen Finley, and Dennis Cooper. As editor in chief of Grove Press and U.S. publisher and co-editorial director for Serpent’s Tail, he published Sapphire, Gary Indiana, Neil Bartlett, and Herve Guibert, among others. He also handled public relations for William S. Burroughs for many years.
Throughout his career, Silverberg has been a tireless advocate for LGBT books and transgressive authors, making him a worthy honoree for this Leadership Award. The award will be presented at the Publishing Triangle’s annual awards ceremony, on April 25, 2013. The ceremony will take place at The New School’s Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street, New York City, starting at 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public; there will be a reception immediately afterward.
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