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  • Black Gay Genius / Answering Joseph Beam's Call

    Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam's Call was born out of a series of conversations, panel discussions, debates, and dinners with friends, colleagues and comrades over the years, assessing the impact and legacy of Joseph Beam and the writers of the In the Life generation. This anthology aims to bring that dazzling history of the black gay arts movement of the 1980s front and center to contemporary Black gay life. Black Gay Genius consists of writers, scholars, and activi[...]

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  • The Damaged Good / Poetry by G. Winston James

    Lambda Literary Award nominated author G. Winston James returns to the literary landscape with The Damaged Good—a raw, moving poetry collection of searing, unapologetic honesty. Homophobia, sex, desire, longing and liberation mark the terrain of these terse, often unsettling poems. From the unwelcoming streets of Kingston, Jamaica to the parks of Brooklyn, New York, G. Winston James skillfully chronicles new times in black and gay history. The Damaged Good i[...]

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  • KONG And Other Works / Poetry by Pamela Sneed

    Pamela Sneed offers readers a tremendous gift in the collection KONG And Other Works. These poems are histories, written but mainly unwritten, showing how social movements constructed around race, gender, and sexuality impact the individual. It is about current events, family, ancestors and pioneers, healing, hope, and love. KONG shifts effortlessly between the comedic and the critical while never losing sight of the author's aim: to offer a work that is transfo[...]

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  • FUNNY / Essays by Steven G. Fullwood

    Steven G. Fullwood isn’t afraid to let it all hang out - literally. Loosely described as ‘part memoir, part satire, & completely self-revelatory,’ FUNNY makes its mark in poignant, twisted ways. Fullwood is your best friend and guru, and that crazy guy who lives down the street, his pants around his ankles. Here is a writer who calls a dick a dick, and has no problem with holding a conversation with his own appendage. In 31 essays he parcels [...]

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  • Convincing the Body / Poetry by Cheryl Boyce-Taylor

    “Convincing the Body is not where poetry is headed, it is where poetry IS,” says Patricia Smith of Cheryl Boyce-Taylor’s third book of poetry. Lush, edgy, sparse and elegant, these poems are not merely written, but lived. Divided into six movements, this work unflinchingly addresses injustice, war, sex, love, and hope. There is nothing random or predictable here. “Redemption shines like light through pinholes. This collection revels in the language of [...]

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  • Conjuring Black Funk / Non-Fiction by Herukhuti

    Conjuring Black Funk: Notes on Culture, Sexuality and Spirituality, Vol. 1 is a fiery collection of essays, poetry, creative non-fiction, and experimental writing that challenges conventional thought, offers alternative perspectives, and suggests ways of practicing Afrocentric, queer liberation/transgression. This book is an important contribution to Black Queer Theory, Black Feminist Thought, and Afrocentric Thought.

    “What a book! Hugely informative[...]

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  • Carry The Word / A Bibliography of Black LGBTQ Books

    Carry the Word: A Bibliography of Black LGBTQ Books is a seminal reference work, featuring over 600 titles by and about black Same-Gender-Loving (SGL) and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer-identified (LGBTQ) writers and culture, as well as interviews and articles about black SGL authors. A must-have for booksellers, librarians, academics, community-based organizations, book clubs and readers interested in black LGBTQ books and authors, all proceeds fr[...]

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Black Gay Genius - now available!

New Anthology Commemorates the Legacy of Joseph Beam and the "Black Gay 80s" 

14 October 2014
NEW YORK, NY- Today we are pleased to announce the publication of the anthology Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam’s Call. The book features critical essays, poetry, personal narratives, interviews and other writings from diverse contributors calling forth the legacy of writer and activist Joseph Beam (December 30, 1954 – December 27, 1988) in addition to other leading figures of the 1980s Black gay arts movement.
The project was conceived by Charles Stephens and Steven G. Fullwood, after being inspired by a series of conversations over the past few years. Both felt that the voices and contributions of Black gay men from that generation had been marginalized. “We wanted to elevate the legacy of Joseph Beam, Marlon Riggs, Essex Hemphill and others to counter the myth that Black gay men's activism was a recent thing,” said Charles Stephens, co-editor.
Black Gay Genius looks back at the 1980s, but also looks forward, seeking to build upon the artistic and political legacy of black gay men’s art and activism from the 1980s. “This book is in many ways, a love letter to Joseph Beam and those amazing Black gay men and allies, many of whom are still writing and resisting today,” said Steven G. Fullwood, co-editor of Black Gay Genius and Publisher at VE Press.
There will be a launch event hosted at the Schomburg Center on November 3, 2014. Stay turned for more information. 

October 14, 2014




Happy Birthday, Joseph Beam!

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Purchase copies of In the Life: A Black Gay Anthology and Brother to Brother: New Writings by Black Gay Men at RedBone Press!