The Queer South nominated for a Lambda Book Award

THE QUEER SOUTH anthology keeps getting accolades. Today it garnered a Lambda Book Award nomination, and earlier this year it made the American Library Association’s top ten LGBT Over the Rainbow titles. My two poems in that anthology, “Brave” and “Spirit Animal Chant”, deal with the trouble of reconciling multiple identities while growing up in West Virginia. Douglas Ray, the editor, deserves a big shout of praise for assembling this Sibling Rivalry Press collection, which features Dorothy Allison, Richard Blanco, and many others. Congtatulations, Douglas!

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What’s the big deal about The Queer South?

This morning I learned that THE QUEER SOUTH anthology made the American Library Association’s top ten LGBT Over the Rainbow titles. I have two poems in that anthology, edited by Douglas Ray. (It features the likes of Dorothy Allison and Richard Blanco.)  In celebration, I think I’ll add those poems to my Monday Poets reading tonight at the Free Library with Amy Small-McKinney. Details here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/933984609945904/

Sibling Rivalry Press did an outstanding job overall this year with the ALA and full-length books by their talented poets. SRP’s editor notes the other titles in the message below:

“Sibling Rivalry Press featured (again and again—6 more times!) in the American Library Association’s Over the Rainbow list of recommended LGBT literature.

THE QUEER SOUTH (ed. Douglas Ray) made the TOP 10.
THE EROTIC POSTULATE (Matthew Hittinger)
GOD OF LONGING (Brent Calderwood)
A HISTORY OF THE UNMARRIED( Stephen Mills)
PRIME ( Darrel Alejandro Holnes, Saeed Jones, Rickey Laurentiis, Phillip B. Williams, and L. Lamar Wilson)
JOY EXHAUSTIBLE – ASSARACUS #14 (eds. Bryan Borland and Seth Pennington).

We couldn’t be more proud.” — SRP

Read the entire list: http://www.glbtrt.ala.org/overtherainbow/archives/511

The Queer South

An anthology that I have two poems in is out now! THE QUEER SOUTH debuts officially Sept. 17th, and has essays, poems and stories that put a face on queer southernly concerns for the 21st century. I’m happy to be sharing space with the likes of Dorothy Allison, Richard Blanco, Brad Richard, Seth Pennington, D. Gilson, Stephen Mills, Jeff Mann, Matthew Hittinger, Shane Allison, Ed Madden, and the crazy Del Shores. Not to mention a bunch of other wonderful people. My poems are about the problematic reconciliation of queer, Euro and Native American identities. Included are “Spirit Animal Chant” and “Brave”.QS_Cover

Big shout out to editor Douglas Ray and the masterminds at Sibling Rivalry Press for making this book come true.