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 firstname.lastname@example.org or tweets @badideasophia. She’ll then compile these poems in an upcoming chapbook. Get on it, kids!
June 14, 2012 § Leave a comment
I’m 22; my boyfriend’s 48. Here’s a few things I’ve figured out along the way:
Have a sense of humor. If you can’t handle the “who’s your daddy?” jokes your friends are (inevitably) going to make, you probably have no business being in a relationship with someone twice your age in the first place. So rather than bracing yourself against the barrage of cradle-robbing and gold-digging jokes that are bound to come your way, just embrace your new role as a child-bride and make sure people are laughing with you, not at you.
Kink is cool! While my current relationship wasn’t my initiation into role play, it was the first time I realized adventurous sex and loving kindness aren’t mutually exclusive. So go ahead, let him be the pervy coach! Be the jailbait slut cruising in the bookstore! Have sex in (and/or with) a roomful of men! You don’t have to feel dirty afterwards—instead you can cuddle.
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.)