April 7, 2013 § 2 Comments
In a strange but fitting act of synchronicity, two “sister poems” of mine have both recently been published. One–”After the Haircut”–you can read online at The Collagist, and the other–”What I Want to Remember”–is in the new print issue (#13) of The Los Angeles Review.
I am, as always, humbled and grateful to have them out in the world. Many thanks to my kind editors, and to my teacher Marie Howe for her guidance and insight into both poems.
August 17, 2012 § Leave a Comment
August 14, 2012 § Leave a Comment
David M. Halperin has written an excellent new book called How To Be Gay, out now on the Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. I had the pleasure of exchanging some emails with Halperin about the book, and wrote about it for this week’s Next Magazine.
For more great gay writing, check out the latest Poetry Spotlight over at Lambda Literary Review featuring two poems by D. Gilson, one of my favorite up-and-coming gay poets.
And for EVEN MORE…keep your breath bated for the release of Sophia Le Fraga’s new chapbook I Don’t Want Anything To Do With The Internet. (Keep This Bag Away From Children) on August 17. Read my review for LLR here.
June 20, 2012 § Leave a Comment
This week, we’re featuring “one-way glass: a poem in the post-post-confessional mode” by Sophia Le Fraga in Lambda Literary Review‘s Poetry Spotlight. It has a phrase tree in it, which I think is pretty cool, not to mention some excellent pop culture references and plenty of chutzpah!
In celebration of her birthday (this past Monday), Pride Week, and the summer of 2012, Sophia will be writing poems for anyone who emails her at email@example.com or tweets @badideasophia. She’ll then compile these poems in an upcoming chapbook. Get on it, kids!
June 14, 2012 § Leave a Comment
The Lammys were, indeed, great fun! Kate Millett’s quirky and endearing speech made me desperately want to visit the Millett Center for the Arts, her farmstead/artists colony for women just a bit upstate (check it out, ladies). My favorite moment of the evening, however, must have been before the ceremony when I overheard Olympia Dukakis say to Armistead Maupin, “…it’s so nice when they pull the stick out of your eye.”
In other news…I’m super excited about my most recent Outwords column for Next Magazine, in which I interview Dan Bucatinsky about his new memoir, Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight? The book is a lot of fun, and I’ve been an enormous fan of his ever since I watched him on The Comeback (the short-lived but excellent Lisa Kudrow show which Bucatinsky also co-produced). Check out his pearls of parenting wisdom (plus a few wisecracks) here.
While you’re at it, don’t miss the most recent Poetry Spotlights over at Lambda Literary Review! This week, we’re featuring work from this year’s two Lambda Award winners for poetry, Tim Dlugos and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha; before that, we had Darrel Alejandro Holnes’ terrific (and boldly-titled) “Power Bottom”.
May 27, 2012 § Leave a Comment
I’m really looking forward to the 24th Annual Lambda Literary Awards on Monday, June 4th, where this year’s winners will be announced (including those for the gay and lesbian poetry categories). Come say hello if you see me!
I can’t decide which presenter I’m most excited about seeing: Olympia Dukakis, Charles Busch, or Ally Sheedy. (Okay, Ally Sheedy.)
April 22, 2012 § Leave a Comment
I covered the 2012 Triangle Awards for Lambda Literary Review.
In the spring of 2010, my first assignment as an intern for the site was a recap of that year’s ceremony, so it was a thrill to come full-circle (only with fewer nerves and better writing). Frances Goldin is truly an inspiring individual, and I have such a fan-crush on Alison Bechdel–I can’t wait until Are You My Mother? comes out. It really was a wonderful evening; thanks to the Publishing Triangle for their perennial hard work!
(Band of Thebes also wrote about the event, and captured a terrific photo of Goldin with her legendary “I Adore my Lesbian Daughters” sign.)
March 23, 2012 § Leave a Comment
The latest volume of Vinyl Poetry, including three of my poems, is now online! Besides yours truly, there’s also some amazing work by Derrick Austin, Saeed Jones, Wendy Xu, and Marcus Wicker–not to mention many more! I can’t wait to read the whole issue.
Also check out this week’s Poetry Spotlight over at Lambda Literary Review, featuring four centos by Eduardo C. Corral that borrow first lines from A Fast Life: The Collected Poems of Tim Dlugos.
March 13, 2012 § 2 Comments
I had a lovely time interviewing the singular Edmund White for Next Magazine this month. (And the story got a cover mention!) One of life’s more recent surreal and wonderful moments.
I love this poem by Zachary Pace. It’s called “Grindr.”
I also love this song, “Elevator” by Crinkles. Follow the link to listen and download.
In other exciting news–my Little Mermaid poem, “Part of Your World,” is included in the new anthology Divining Divas, edited by Michael Montlack. I’m thrilled to be in the company of the other 99 gay men writing on the women who inspire them, many of whom inspire me in their own right. Speaking of which…
Angelo Nikolopoulos, whose poem “Going Garbo” is one of my favorite in Divas, and who was one of the winners of the “Discovery”/Boston Review last year, did a fantastic interview for the 92nd Street YMCA’s blog. Don’t miss it.
A few other pieces hitting the web this week gave me pause: « Read the rest of this entry »
February 14, 2012 § Leave a Comment
The most upsetting thing about Valentine’s Day this year is that February’s half-over already. (How time flies!)
That said, it’s been a pretty good month so far. This week I have a piece on Christopher Bram and his (must-read) new book, Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America, in Next Magazine–read it here.
I’m also super excited to be running Alex Dimitrov’s love poem for Dorothea Lasky in a special Valentine’s Day edition of Lambda Literary Review‘s Poetry Spotlight. Do yourself a favor and don’t miss “You Are The Party I Want To Go To.”
And while you’re at it, visit Jeffery Berg’s blog, jdbrecords, to read a beautiful poem by Hansa Bergwall: “Year of Unserious Pursuits.” It’s from The Thames & Hudson Project, a new collaborative book by Bergwall and the great Timothy Liu. I, for one, cannot wait to get a copy.
Now go eat some candy!