I just got the latest issue of Lambda Book Report.
(It's Vol. 13.04-05). The cover story is "Critical Mass: A New Generation of Gay Poets."
And on the upper left cover, there's a little picture that my friend James took of me in front of the radiator in his old apartment. The issue includes an article I wrote about fat, queer women writers: "No Longer Vigilant: Fat and the Word." The phrase "no longer vigilant" comes from a moving and powerful essay
wrote as an lj entry, which is also quoted in the piece. Lots of other writers and artists with ljs are mentioned: technodyke
, and there are photos of me, amarama
(sticking doll arms into cake! credit: gordonzola
, and fattest
too. There's also a bit of discussion of lj as a phenom.
The article opens with a description of reading at last year's Nolose
and the way I experienced the reading that followed at Giovanni's Room in Philadelphia. (waves at ericaceous
There's a copy of "Drink," a short story I wrote. I experimented with gender a little in the process of this piece, but ended up here with "she," which is how I originally wrote it. It's dedicated for everyone of every gender who has ever gotten even a little wet at a Nolose conference.
Then, on page 35, there's "Mortal Softness," which I love as a title for a very warm review of Venus of Chalk
by Elisabeth Flynn, whose bio says she lives and writes in Philadelphia.
And on the next page, there's a review I wrote of the wonderful Life Mask
, by Emma Donoghue, which is also a finalist for a Lambda Literary award.
There's a review of final_girl
's most recent book of poetry in there, too.
Again, wow. If ever I should start complaining about having my work ignored by the queer press, would somebody please remind me of this? And wow!! A whole range of fat writers are a bit more visible on the queer literary landscape. And I got a chance to say publicly that Charlotte Cooper's site includes "some of the most witty, observant and passionate travel writing I've seen." Yay.
Check it out!