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Finalists for the 14th Annual
Lambda Literary Awards

Compiled by GayToday
Lambda Literary Foundation

New York, New York-The Lambda Literary Foundation, a national organization dedicated to recognizing and promoting gay and lesbian literature, also publishes the Lambda Book Report, a monthly GLBT book review magazine and The James White Review, a gay men's literary quarterly.

For nearly a decade and a half the Foundation has presided over annual Lambda Literary Awards ceremonies and is the sponsor of an annual writer's conference, the Lambda Literary Festival.
The Male Nude Now is a Lambda Literary finalist in the Photography/Visual Arts category

This year's finalists for the Lambda Literary Awards will be announced at the Tribeca Rooftop on May 2, 2002, at a gala banquet event here. Special guest comic Margaret Cho will provide entertainment, and performance poet Emanuel Xavier will preside as emcee.

The awards show will be preceded by four literary events.

In New York, finalists will first congregate to present their work on March 6th and March 20th at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center.

San Francisco finalists will read from their books on April 11th at the San Francisco Main Public Library.

Washington, D.C. will welcome Lammys finalists to the Jewish Community Center on April 18th.

Winners are chosen from various categories or types of gay and lesbian literature, their works selected for excellence in gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender literature.

Among the five finalists in the category for Small Presses stands a book that has been particularly celebrated in GayToday, namely Scared Straight: Why It's So Hard to Accept Gay People and Why It's So Hard to Be Human by Robert N. Minor, Ph.D., published by Humanity Works! Dr. Minor's essays are published regularly in GayToday.

In Manhattan on May 2, over 70 judges representing a broad cross-section of the gay and lesbian literary community will select a single book from each category to win what the Lambda Literary Foundation calls its Lammy.

The finalists are:

Lesbian Fiction
Days of Awe, Achy Obejas, Ballantine
Hoochie Mama: The Other White Meat, Erika Lopez, Simon & Schuster
Light, Coming Back, Ann Wadsworth, Alyson
Pages for You, Sylvia Brownrigg , Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Yin Fire, Alexandra Grilikhes, Alice Street Editions/Haworth Press

Gay Men's Fiction
The Heart is Deceitful in all Things, JT LeRoy, Bloomsbury
In the City of Shy Hunters, Tom Spanbauer, Grove Press
The Marble Quilt, David Leavitt, Houghton Mifflin
The Practical Heart, Allan Gurganus, Knopf
The Rose City, David Ebershoff, Viking

Lesbian Poetry
Fox, Adrienne Rich, Norton
Here, Letta Neely, Wildheart Press
Mr. Bluebird, Gerry Gomez Pearlberg, Painted Leaf
Skies, Eileen Myles, Black Sparrow Press
Why Things Burn, Daphne Gottlieb, Soft Skull Press

Gay Men's Poetry
Before Time Could Change Them, Constantine Cavafy, Harcourt
Harmless Medicine, Justin Chin, Manic D Press
Hard Evidence, Timothy Liu, Talisman House
Love Speaks Its Name, JD McClatchy, Knopf
Source, Mark Doty, Harper Collins

Lesbian Mystery
Back to Salem, Alex Marcoux, Alice Street Editions/Haworth Press
Kiss the Girls and Make Them Spy, Mabel Maney, Harper Entertainment
Merchant of Venus, Ellen Hart, St. Martin's
Moving Targets, Pat Welch, Bella Books
Witchfire, Lauren Maddison, Alyson

Gay Men's Mystery
Boy Toy, Michael Craft, St. Martin's Press
The Butcher's Son, Dorien Grey, GLB Publishers
Making a Killing, Warren Dunford, Alyson
Rag and Bone, Michael Nava, G.P. Putnam
Sex and Murder.Com, Mark Richard Zubro, St. Martin's Press

Spirituality Coming Out Young and Faithful, Leanne McCall Tigert and Timothy Brown, eds., The Pilgrim Press
Crossing Over: Liberating the Transgendered Christian, Vanessa Sheridan, The Pilgrim Press
Escaping God's Closet: The Revelations of a Queer Priest, Bernard Duncan Mayes, University Press of Virginia
Gifted by Otherness, L. William Countryman & M.R. Ritley, Morehouse
Queer Commentary and the Hebrew Bible, Ken Stone, ed., The Pilgrim Press

Small Press Calendar Boy, Andy Quan, New Star Books
Conversaciones!, Mariana Romo-Carmona, Cleis Press
Creating Man, Michael G. Cornelius, Vineyard Press
Scared Straight: Why It's So Hard to Accept Gay People and Why It's So Hard to Be Human, Robert N. Minor, HumanityWorks!
The Wild Man, Patricia Nell Warren, Wildcat

Bending the Landscape: Horror, Nicola Griffith and Stephen Pagel, eds., Overlook
Bound in Blood, David Thomas Lord, Kensington
Gumshoe Gorilla, Keith Hartman, Meisha Merlin
Point of Dreams, Melissa Scott and Lisa A. Barnett, Tor
Vampire Vow, Michael Schiefelbein, Alyson

Any Kind of Luck, William Jack Sibley, Kensington
Mirrors, Marianne K. Martin, Bella Books
Pages for You, Sylvia Brownrigg, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Substitute for Love, Karin Kallmaker, Naiad
Vadriel Vail, Vincent Virga, Alyson

Fiction Anthologies
Bending the Landscape: Horror, Nicola Griffith and Stephen Pagel, eds., Overlook
Diva Book of Short Stories, Helen Sandler, ed., Millivres Books
Love Shook My Heart 2, Jess Wells, ed., Alyson
Rebel Yell: Stories by Contemporary Southern Gay Authors, Jay Quinn, ed., Second Tier/Haworth Press
Take Out: Queer Writing from Asian Pacific America, Quang Bao, Hanya Yanagihara, Timothy Lui, eds., Asian American Writers' Workshop

Nonfiction Anthologies
The Greatest Taboo: Homosexuality In Black Communities, Delroy Constantine-Simms, ed., Alyson Pub.
His Hands, His Tools, His Sex, His Dress: Lesbian Writers on Their Fathers, Catherine Reid & Holly K. Iglesias, eds., Alice Street Editions/Haworth Press
In a Queer Country, Terry Goldie, ed., Arsenal Pulp Press
Lesbian Rabbis: The First Generation, Rebecca Alpert, Sue Levi Elwell, and Shirley Idelson, eds., Rutgers University Press
Out in the Castro: Desire, Promise, Activism, Winston Leyland, ed., Leyland Pub.

Drama Queen, Patrick Price, St. Martin's Press
Fraud, David Rakoff, Doubleday
Hoochie Mama, Erika Lopez, Simon and Schuster
The Inflatable Butch, Ellen Orleans, Alyson
My Little Book of Neuroses, Michael Thomas Ford, Alyson

GLBT Studies All the Rage: The Story of Gay Visibility in America, Suzanna Danuta Walters, University of Chicago Press
Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910-1969, William J. Mann, Viking Press
Courting Justice: Gay Men and Lesbians v. the Supreme Court, Joyce Murdoch and Deb Price, Basic Books
The Evening Crowd at Kirmser's, Ricardo J. Brown; William Reichard, ed., Univ. of Minn. Press
Lesbian Empire: Radical Crosswriting in the Twenties, Gay Wachman, Rutgers University Press

Children/Young Adult
Empress of the World, Sara Ryan, Viking
Finding H.F., Julia Watts, Alyson
Love Rules, Marilyn Reynolds, Morning Glory Press
Rainbow Boys, Alex Sanchez, Simon & Schuster
Spot, Todd Tuttle, Window Books

GLBT Biography
Familiar Spirits: A Memoir of James Merrill and David Jackson, Alison Lurie, Viking
The Masks of Mary Renault, Caroline Zilboorg, University of Missouri Press
The Sappho Companion, Margaret Reynolds, ed., St. Martin's Press
Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay, Nancy Mitford, Random House
The Scarlet Professor: Newton Arvin..., Barry Werth, Doubleday

GLBT Autobiography/Memoir
Gaslight, Carol Guess, Odd Girls
How I Learned to Snap, Kirk Read, Hill Street
Monster: Adventures in American Machismo, Brian Bouldrey, Council Oaks Books
Noonday Demon, Andrew Solomon, Scribner
Outbound, William Storandt, University of Wisconsin Press

Dirty Words, M. Christian, Alyson
His Tongue, Lawrence Schimel, North Atlantic Books
Hot & Bothered 3, Karen X. Tulchinsky, Arsenal Pulp Press
See Dick Deconstruct: Literotica for the Satirically Bent, Ian Philips, AttaGirl Press
Tough Girls: Down and Dirty Dyke Erotica, Lori Selke, Black Books

Transgender/Bisexual Best Bisexual Erotica, Volume 2, Bill Brent and Carol Queen, eds., Black Books/Circlet Press
Crossing Over: Liberating the Transgendered Christian, Vanessa Sheridan, The Pilgrim Press
Dragged!! To His Senses, Jonathan Branton, Yellow House Press
Omnigender: A Trans-religious Approach, Virginia Ramey Mollenkott, The Pilgrim Press
Synthetic Bi Products, Sparrow L. Patterson, Akashic Books

Photography/Visual Arts
The Male Nude Now, David Leddick, Universe
Dear Friends: American Photographs of Men Together, 1840-1918, David Deitcher, Harry N. Abrams
Intimacies, Tee A. Corinne, Last Gasp
Queer Pulp: Perverted Passions from the Golden Age of Paperback, Susan Stryker, Chronicle Books
Strongman: Vintage Photos of a Masculine Icon, Robert Mainardi, Council Oak Books
For further information about the awards program or banquet tickets, please contact the Lambda Literary Foundation, P.O. Box 73910, Washington, D.C. 20056-13910; telephone the LAMMYS LINE at (202) 682-0952; or e-mail

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