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.