Yippee! The anthology that I’ve been hawking on this blog for the last year (you know the one, the pic is to the left and Rob and I edited it) has been named a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Best Anthology.

For my straight or less literarily inclined, the Lambda Literary Foundation is, their words, “the country’s leading organization for LGBT literature. Our mission is to celebrate LGBT literature and provide resources for writers, readers, booksellers, publishers, and librarians – the whole literary community.”

Past winners of the Best Anthology award, which in the past has been divided between gay and lesbian collections, included books edited by Martin Duberman, Essex Hemphill, George Stambolian, John Preston, Joan Nestle, Michale Bronski, David Bergman, Karl Woelz, Noelle Howey, Bruce Shenitz, E. Lynn Harris, Edmund White, Greg Wharton, Ian Philips, and, of course, our book’s editor, Don Weise. Being on a list that includes these folks would be, simply, incredible. (If you don’t who these people are, or only know a few, Google them and buy some of their books. You won’t be sorry. Well, um, unless you accidentally buy some of John Preston’s porn. It’s good stuff, but if you’re, say, not gay, you might not really “get” it.)

So, yay.

Our competition is:

If you haven’t gotten a copy of our book, From Boys to Men: Gay Men Write About Growing Upplease click here.

Highly Recommended!

From Library Journal:

“At first glance, the need for an anthology of gay men’s writings on their youth seems superfluous. Aren’t there many titles that fit that subject already? One could fill shelves with existing books of coming-out stories. But the focus here is slightly different-these are stories of what it felt like to grow up gay. Editors Williams and Gideonse commissioned writers not yet widely known to ruminate on personal experiences, which range from the longing of one preppy for another to the many stories of well-developed fantasy lives (e.g., how soap operas can help us survive). Men of many different ages write here, so some stories tell of recent times, while others comment on a generation or more ago; the writing styles vary. Some offer sad remembrances (e.g., a reminder that even gay twins suffer alienation in coming to terms with their sexuality); some are funny (e.g., the range of fantasies described). Amazingly, they are all touching and have an immediacy that makes youth seem like it was only yesterday.

Highly recommended.” –David Azzolina, Univ. of Pennsylvania Lib., Philadelphia

A call for submissions

We are looking for essays and short memoirs by gay men about growing up for an anthology to be published by Carroll & Graf / Avalon in the Fall of 2006. We’re not necessarily looking for coming out stories or “the first time I had gay sex” stories as much as essays about what it is like to be a child or an adolescent with that strange, indefinable gay sensibility. As a gay kid, how did you view the world? What shaped you, affected you, influenced you, moved you? How did other people perceive you, react to you? And how did you perceive other people, those who weren’t “special,” like you?