Thursday, March 17, 2011

Publishing Triangle Awards 2010

March 2011 Newsletter

Finalists Announced for Best Lesbian and Gay

Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Debut Fiction
Published in 2010

Special Award to Gender Outlaws Anthology
The Publishing Triangle proudly announces the nominees for its annual Triangle Awards, honoring the best lesbian and gay nonfiction, poetry, and fiction. These 22 books represent the best in LGBT literature for 2010. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the New School on April 28, 2011.
Finalists for the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction

  • Terry Castle, The Professor and Other Writings (HarperCollins)

  • Emma Donoghue, Inseparable: Desire Between Women in Literature (Alfred A.Knopf)

  • Barbara Hammer, Hammer! (Feminist Press)

Finalists for the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction

  • R. Tripp Evans, Grant Wood (Alfred A. Knopf)

  • Wendy Moffat, A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E. M. Forster (Farrar Straus Giroux)

  • Justin Spring, Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward (Farrar Straus Giroux)

The judges for these nonfiction awards have also voted to bestow a Judges' Special Award in Nonfiction to Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, edited by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman (Seal Press). Carol Rosenfeld, chair of the Publishing Triangle said, "The Triangle is recognizing this anthology, which celebrates gender nonconforming people in all their beauty, humanity, and complexity, with a special prize. The contributors to this book confront gender issues with such vibrant, mind-expanding style that readers are urged to question the status quo of seeing gender in binary ways."

Finalists for the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry

  • Elizabeth J. Colen, Money for Sunsets (Steel Toe Books)

  • Jen Currin, The Inquisition Yours (Coach House Books)

  • Eleanor Lerman, The Sensual World Re-emerges (Sarabande Books)

Finalists for the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry

  • Paul Legault, The Madeleine Poems (Omnidawn)

  • Eric Leigh, Harm's Way (University of Arkansas Press)

  • Michael Walsh, The Dirt Riddles (University of Arkansas Press)

Finalists for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction

  • Michael Alenyikov, Ivan and Misha (Triquarterly/Northwestern University Press)

  • Katharine Beutner, Alcestis (Soho Press)

  • Catherine Kirkwood, Cut Away (Arktoi Books)

Finalists for The Ferro-Grumley Awards for LGBT Fiction

(presented in conjunction with Ferro-Grumley Literary Awards)

  • Daniel Black, Perfect Peace (St. Martin's Press)

  • Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Big Bang Symphony (University of Wisconsin Press)

  • Daniel Allen Cox, Krakow Melt (Arsenal Pulp Press)

  • David McConnell, The Silver Hearted (Alyson)

  • Eileen Myles, Inferno (OR Books)

  • Michael Sledge, The More I Owe You (Counterpoint Press)

  • Novelist Alan Hollinghurst to Receive

    Bill Whitehead Lifetime Achievement Award

    Alan Hollinghurst  is the 2011 recipient of the Publishing Triangle's Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement, named in honor of the legendary editor of the 1970s and 1980s.
    Hollinghurst, a novelist, scholar, and activist, won the Man Booker prize for his fourth novel, The Line of Beauty, in 2004. A professor at University College in London, he is a published poet and has translated Racine's Bazajet. He has also edited several books, including a volume of poems by A. E. Housman and Three Novels by Ronald Firbank. Since his dazzling debut, The Swimming Pool Library, in 1988, Hollinghurst has been regarded as one of the best novelists writing in English in our time. His other books are The Folding Star, winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction (1994), and The Spell (1998). His new novel, The Stranger's Child, will be published in October 2011 by Alfred A. Knopf.
    Mr. Hollinghurst will receive his award at the annual Triangle Awards, honoring the best in LBGT fiction, nonfiction, and poetry; the ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 28, 2011, at the New School in Greenwich Village, New York. 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.

    Gay and Lesbian Review to Receive This Year's Publishing Triangle Leadership Award

    The Gay & Lesbian Review/Worldwide has been selected as the winner of this year's Publishing Triangle 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 (as in this case) institutions. The award will be presented at the Triangle Awards ceremony on April 28, 2011.
    For 17 years The Gay & Lesbian Review has provided a forum for enlightened discussion of issues and ideas of importance to lesbians and gay men. Founded as The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review in 1994, this journal for the literate non-specialist consistently offers the best writing and thinking our culture has to offer. With its thematically organized issues and high production values, the magazine provides its LGBT readers with a lively tour through the world of letters six times a year. The Gay & Lesbian Review is a major force in current gay and lesbian intellectual life.

    The Publishing Triangle Literary Awards Fund

    A very necessary component of our awards program is the specially dedicated fund that provides prizes for the winners of the Randy Shilts and Judy Grahn Nonfiction Awards, the Audre Lorde and Thom Gunn Poetry Awards, and the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction. Poetry winners receive $500; for nonfiction and debut fiction, the prize is $1000. This fund is supported by member dues, proceeds of events like our annual holiday party, and through the generosity of passionate readers and supporters of LGBT literature 

    For information on how you can make a fully tax-deductible contribution and a list of generous friends who helped endow this fund, please click

    Lambda Literary Fund Call for Submissions is currently planning its online editorial content, and is actively seeking feature essays, opinion pieces, author interviews, book reviews, and round-ups.

    Click on the following links for guidelines and deadlines. For more information, or to find out about books in need of review, send email to LLF's editor, Antonio Gonzalez. Or, follow and friend LLF on Twitter and Facebook.

    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, use the template below to submit your publication information.

    Aaron Anson  
    Mind Your Own Life: The Journey Back to Love  
    Balboa (a division of Hayhouse)  
    June 2011 * ISBN 9781452532899 * $16.95
    Life-enhancing memoir. Anson's quest for authentic confirmation would lead him on a mystical journey of love, laughter, turmoil and tears. He struggles with denial, depression and acceptance along with the inner conflicts of his own intolerant religious beliefs that embraced conformism over self-awareness. Engagingly dispenses insightful inspirations.

    To submit information about your new book, e-mail the following information to, putting "Triangle Member Publication" in the subject line:  
    Author NameBook TitlePublisherPublication MonthISBN / Price (optional)Brief Description (maximum 50 words)

    New book announcements are for the initial publication of a book only; not reissues or paperback editions of previously published work. The announcement will not go into the newsletter until the author name is checked against the membership database. Please stick to the template outlined above--we will not edit down press releases, catalog pages, flap copy, etc. For corporate members, we reserve the right to limit announcements.


    List Your Events on Our Calendar 

    We're happy to post information on your LGBT literary or book-related events-especially readings by our members. To submit information about your event, e-mail the following information to, putting "Triangle Event" in the subject line:
    Day, Date, TimeEvent NameBrief Description (maximum 50 words)LocationAdmission price (if applicable)Contact Information (optional)

    The Publishing Triangle reserves the right to review all event calendar submissions and to refuse to post events that we do not deem appropriate for our members. Please stick to the template outlined above--we cannot process flyers, press releases, newsletters, web links, etc. If you are submitting multiple events, please separate out and use the template for each event.



    For only $40 a year, you receive 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.

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    Our Mission

    The purpose of the Publishing Triangle is to further the publication of books and other materials written by lesbian and gay authors or with lesbian and gay themes. Founded in 1988, The Publishing Triangle works to create support and a sense of community for lesbian and gay people in the publishing industry. We offer forums, as well as networking and social opportunities, for our members. In addition we sponsor programs to increase awareness of and appreciation for lesbian and gay literature.



23rd Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists


Press Contact: Tony Valenzuela (323) 376-6801,


23rd Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced

Los Angeles, CA - Finalists for the Lambda Literary Award were announced today by the Lambda Literary Foundation in Los Angeles.  Books from major mainstream publishers and from academic presses, from both long-established and brand new LGBT publishers, and even from emerging publish-on-demand technologies, make up the 114 finalists for the "Lammys."  The finalists were selected from a record number of nominations.
The awards, now in their twenty-third year, celebrate achievement in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) writing for books published in 2010. Winners will be announced at a May 26 ceremony in New York at the School of Visual Arts Theater (333 West 23rd Street).
Lambda set a record in 2009 for both the number of LGBT books nominated (462) and the number of publishers participating (about 200), reports Lambda Awards Administrator Richard Labonté. But that record has been surpassed this year, with more than 520 titles represented from about 230 publishers.
"Some of the increase in nominations stems from the growth in recent years of self-published books, reflecting an expanding reliance on ever-more-accessible publish-on-demand technology by talented LGBT authors with worthwhile stories to tell - a do-it-yourself approach that hearkens back to the late 1970s and 1980s, when lesbians and gay men established their own presses and launched the queer book boom," Labonté said. "The books came, and the Lammys soon followed."
"These record-breaking numbers are occurring at a time when the publishing industry is under siege and we hear report after report on the death of books," said LLF Board Co-Chair, Dr. Judith Markowitz. "What's even more heartening is that the quality of those nominations is extremely high. All of this bodes well for the future of LGBT literature and for the Foundation's continued role in advocating on behalf of that literature."
Another sign of evolution in the state of LGBT publishing: the Transgender category joined the Bisexual category in garnering enough nominations to merit dividing it this year into Transgender Fiction and Transgender Nonfiction; the Bisexual category was split for the first time last year.
More than 90 booksellers, book reviewers, librarians, authors, previous Lammy winners and finalists, and other book professionals volunteered many hours of reading time, critical thinking, and invigorating shared discussion to select the finalists in 24 categories.
"Lambda Literary depends on the generous gifts of time and talent from its volunteer judges, year after year, to keep the Lammys vibrant.  We couldn't do it without them," said Lambda Executive Director, Tony Valenzuela. "This day really belongs to our finalists, whose work has entered the elite company of Lammy nominated books that enrich our community's literature.  Congratulations to these talented authors on their momentous achievement."

23rd Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists


LGBT Anthologies

  • Best Lesbian Romance, edited by Radclyffe, Cleis Press

  • Gay Shame, edited by David Halperin, University of Chicago Press

  • Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, edited by Kate Bornstein & S. Bear Bergman, Seal Press

  • Kicked Out, edited by Sassafras Lowrey, Homofactus Press

  • War Diaries, edited by Tisa Bryant & Ernest Hardy, AIDS Project Los Angeles and the Global Forum on MSM & HIV


LGBT Children's/Young Adult

  • Christian, the Hugging Lion, by Justin Richardson & Peter Parnell, illustrated by Amy June Bates, Simon & Schuster

  • God Loves Hair, by Vivek Shraya, illustrated by Juliana Neufeld, Vivek Shraya

  • Jumpstart the World, by Catherine Ryan Hyde, Random House Children's Books

  • Love Drugged, by James Klise, Flux Books

  • Wildthorn, by Jane Eagland, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


LGBT Drama

  • The Brother/Sister Plays, by Tarell Alvin McCraney, Theatre Communications Group

  • Lydia, by Octavio Solis, Samuel French, Inc

  • Oedipus at Palm Springs, by Maureen Angelos, Samuel French, Inc

  • Slipping, by Daniel Talbott, Dramatists Play Service

  • With Bated Breath, by Bryden MacDonald, Talonbooks


LGBT Nonfiction

  • Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in Jewish Community, by Noach Dzmura, North Atlantic Books

  • Ex-Gay No Way: Survival and Recovery from Religious Abuse, by Jallen Rix, Findhorn Press

  • Inseparable, by Emma Donoghue, Alfred A. Knopf

  • King Kong Theory, by Virginia Despentes, The Feminist Press

  • The Right To Be Out, by Stuart Biegel, University of Minnesota Press


LGBT SF/Fantasy/Horror

  • Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories, by Sandra MacDonald, Lethe Press

  • Disturbed By Her Song, by Tanith Lee, Lethe Press

  • Flowers of Edo: A Ghost Story, by Nene Adams, Black Car Publishing

  • Wilde Stories 2010, edited by Steve Berman, Lethe Press

  • Wolfsbane Winter, by Jane Fletcher, Bold Strokes Books  

LGBT Studies

  • Another Country: Queer Anti-Urbanism, by Scott Herring, New York University Press

  • Assuming a Body: Transgender and Rhetorics of Materiality, by Gayle Salaman, Columbia University Press

  • Backward Glances: Contemporary Chinese Cultures and the Female Homoerotic Imaginary, by Fran Martin, Duke University Press

  • Citizen Invert Queer: Lesbianism and War in Early Twentieth-Century Britain, by Deborah Cohler, University of Minnesota Press

  • Queering the Public Sphere in Mexico and Brazil: Sexual Rights Movements in Emerging Democracies, by Rafael de la Dehesa, Duke University Press  

Bisexual Fiction

  • Fall Asleep Forgetting, by Georgann Packard, The Permanent Press

  • If You Follow Me, by Malena Watrous, Harper Perennial

  • Krakow Melt, by Daniel Allen Cox, Arsenal Pulp Press

  • The Lunatic, the Lover and the Poet, by Myrlin Hermes, Harper Perennial

  • Pride/Prejudice, by Ann Herendeen, Harper Paperback


Bisexual Nonfiction

  • Border Sexualities, Border Families in Schools, by Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli, Rowman & Littlefield

  • Dear John, I Love Jane: Women Write about Leaving Men for Womenedited by Candace Walsh & Laura Andre, Seal Press

  • Just Kids, by Patti Smith, Ecco Press

  • Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead, by Paula Byrne, HarperCollins/It Books

  • Sal Mineo, by Gregg Michael Michaud, Crown Archetype


Transgender Fiction

  • Holding Still For as Long as Possible, by Zoe Whittall, House of Anansi Press

  • Glamazonia: The Uncanny Super-Tranny, by Justin Hall with Diego Gomez, Fred Noland & Jon Macy, Northwest Press

  • Jumpstart the World, by Catherine Ryan Hyde, Random House Children's Books


Transgender Nonfiction

  • Assume Nothing, by Rebecca Swan, Soft Skull Press

  • Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in Jewish Community, by Noach Dzmura, North Atlantic Books

  • The Color of Sunlight, by Michelle Alexander, CreateSpace

  • Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, edited by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman, Seal Press

  • Just One of the Guys? Transgender Men and the Persistence of Inequality, by Kristin Schilt, University of Chicago Press


Lesbian Debut Fiction

  • Alcestis, by Katharine Beutner, Soho Press

  • Fall Asleep Forgetting, by Georgann Packard, The Permanent Press

  • One More Stop, by Lois Walden, Arcadia Books

  • The More I Owe You, by Michael Sledge, Counterpoint Press

  • Sub Rosa, by Amber Dawn, Arsenal Pulp Press


Gay Debut Fiction

  • Bob the Book, by David Pratt, Chelsea Station Editions

  • The Palisades, by Tom Schabarum, Cascadia Publishing

  • Passes Through, by Rob Stephenson, University of Alabama Press/FC2

  • Probation, by Tom Mendicino, Kensington Books

  • XOXO Hayden, by Chris Corkum, P.D. Publishing


Lesbian Erotica

  • Best Lesbian Erotica 2011, edited by Katherine Warnock & selected by Lea DeLaria, Cleis Press

  • Sometimes She Lets Me: Best Femme/Butch Erotica, edited by Tristan Taormino, Cleis Press

  • This is How We Do It: A Raw Mix of Lesbian Erotica, edited by D. Alexandria, RedThorn Art  

Gay Erotica

  • Best of the Best Gay Erotica 3, edited by Richard Labonte, Cleis Press

  • Gay Erotic Tales from Under the Big Top, edited by Jerry Wheeler, Lethe Press

  • Teleny and Camille, by Jon Macy, Northwest Press

  • A Twist of Grimm: Erotic Fairy Tales for Gay Men, by William Holden, Lethe Press

  • Vancouver Nights, by Hank Edwards, Lethe Press 

 Lesbian Fiction

  • Big Bang Symphony, by Lucy Jane Bledsoe, University of Wisconsin Press

  • Fifth Born II: The Hundredth Turtle, by Zelda Lockhart, LaVenson Press

  • Holding Still For as Long as Possible, by Zoe Whittall, House of Anansi Press

  • Homeschooling, by Carol Guess, PS Press

  • Inferno (A Poet's Novel), by Eileen Myles, OR Books


Gay Fiction

  • By Nightfall, by Michael Cunningham, Farrar, Straus & Giroux

  • Children of the Sun, by Max Schaefer, Soft Skull Press

  • Consolation, by Jonathan Strong, Pressed Wafer

  • The Silver Hearted, by David McConnell, Alyson Books

  • Union Atlantic, by Adam Haslett, Doubleday


Lesbian Memoir

  • Blood Strangers, by Katherine A. Bricetti, Heyday

  • Hammer! Making Movies Out of Sex and Life, by Barbara Hammer, The Feminist Press

  • Like Me: Confessions of a Heartland Country Singer, by Chely Wright, Pantheon Books

  • She Looks Just Like You: A Memoir of (Nonbiological) Motherhood, by Arnie Klempnauer Miller, Beacon Press

  • Wishbone: A Memoir in Fractures, by Julie Marie Wade, Colgate University Press  

Gay Memoir

  • Beyond Normal: The Birth of Gay Pride, by Gale Chester Whittington,

  • Grant Wood: A Life, by R. Tripp Evans, Alfred A. Knopf

  • Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist and Sexual Renegade, by Justin Spring, Farrar, Straus & Giroux

  • The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham, by Selina Hastings, Random House

  • She Ain't Heavy, She's My Mother, by Bryan Batt, Harmony Books


Lesbian Mystery

  • The Cruel Ever After, by Ellen Hart, Minotaur Books/St. Martin's Press

  • Fever of the Bone, by Val McDermid, HarperCollins

  • Missing Lynx, by Kim Baldwin & Xenia Alexiou, Bold Strokes Books

  • Parallel Lies, by Stella Duffy, Bywater Books

  • Watermark, by J.M. Redmann, Bold Strokes Books


Gay Mystery

  • Cockeyed, by Richard Stevenson, MLR Press

  • Echoes, by David Lennon, Blue Spike Publishing

  • Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers, by I.E. Woodward, iUniverse

  • Smoke, by Garry Ryan, NeWest Press

  • Vieux Carre Voodoo, by Greg Herren, Bold Strokes Books


Lesbian Poetry

  • The Inquisition Yours, by Jen Currin, Coach House Books

  • Money for Sunsets, by Elizabeth J. Colen, Steel Toe Books

  • The Nights Also, by Anna Swanson, Tightrope Books

  • The Sensual World Re-Emerges, by Eleanor Lerman, Sarabande Books

  • White Shirt, by Laurie MacFayden, Frontenac House


Gay Poetry

  • darkacre, by Greg Hewett, Coffee House Press

  • Other Flowers: Uncollected Poems, by James Schuyler, Farrar, Straus & Giroux 

  • Pleasure, by Brian Teare, Ahsahta Press

  • The Salt Ecstasies: Poems, by James L. White, The Graywolf Poetry Re/View Series

  • "then, we were still living", by Michael Klein, GenPop Books


Lesbian Romance

  • Above Temptation, by Karin Kallmaker, Bella Books

  • Awakening to Sunlight, by Lindsey Stone, Bold Strokes Books

  • Beacon of Love, by Ann Roberts, Bella Books 

  • River Walker, by Cate Culpepper, Bold Strokes Books

  • Starting From Scratch, by Georgia Beers, Brisk Press


Gay Romance

  • Normal Miguel, by Erik Orrantia, Cheyenne Press

  • Three Wrong Turns in the Desert, by Neil Plakcy, Loose ID

  • The Road Home, by Michael Thomas Ford, Kensington Books




Tickets for the Lambda Literary Awards ceremony and After-Party go on sale today.  The ceremony will be held Thursday, May 26, 2011 at the School of Visual Arts Theater in New York City (333 W. 23rd St), followed by a private after-party nearby.  For information:  For the complete list of Finalists on our website:

23rd Annual Lambda Literary Awards

Honorary Host Committee 
Ann Bannon
Don Bachardy
Bill Clegg
Kate Clinton
Mart Crowley
Michael Cunningham
Stacey D'Erasmo
Jim McGreevey
David Mixner
Ann Patchett
Stefanie Powers
Andrew Tobias
Edmund White

New York City Host Committee
David McConnell - Co-Chair
Don Weise - Co-Chair
S. Chris Shirley - Co-Chair
Jamie Chelsea Brickhouse  
J. Brooks
Benoit Denizet-Lewis
Jessica Falvo
David Gale
Charles Rice-Gonzalez
Nicholas Nicholson
Heather Aimee O'Neill
Julia Pastore
Lori Perkins
Patrick Ryan  
Rakesh Satyal
Liz Scheier
Bob Smith
Jerl Surratt
Linda Villarosa
Paul Whitlatch 

About the Lambda Literary Foundation: The Foundation nurtures, celebrates, and preserves LGBT literature through programs that honor excellence, promote visibility and encourage development of emerging writers. LLF's programs include the Lambda Literary Awards, the Writers' Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices, and our web magazine at
For information:
Tony Valenzuela
Lambda Literary Foundation Executive Director
phone (213) 568-3570 cell (323) 376-6801
Richard Labonté 
Lambda Literary Awards Administrator