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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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Learn more about Black Gay Genius!

Here are a few links to articles, interviews and review of Black Gay Genius!


Black Gay Genius (Book Review)

By Egbert Alejandro Martina, The Postcolonialist



The Editors of Black Gay Genius on Joseph Beam

Windy City Times


In Our Lives: Black Gay Genius, A New Anthology of Essays About Joseph Beam, Shows How an Activist of the Past Is Very Much a Force in the Present
by Eric Sneathen, A&U Magazine


Charles Stephens & Steven G. Fullwood: A Conversation on Joseph Beam and ‘In the Life’

Lambda Literary


On the “A” w/Souleo: Interview with Charles Stephens and Steven G. Fullwood


When We Laughed: A Brief History of the Men Who Changed My Life

By Charles Stephens, Creative Loafing Atlanta


Interview with Steven G. Fullwood, Curator and Co-Editor of Black Gay Genius

By Candice Frederick, blog




May 06, 2015




Happy Birthday, Joseph Beam!

Learn more about Joe here!


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