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A Record Year for LGBT Books + Lambda Literary Finalists Announced!

By Harriet Staff

The Lambda Literary Foundation has announced its finalists for achievement in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) writing for books published in 2012...and the poets are...

Gay Poetry
1. Appetite, Aaron Smith, University of Pittsburgh Press
2. He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices, Stephen S. Mills, Sibling Rivalry Press
3. Looking for the Gulf Motel, Richard Blanco, University of Pittsburgh Press
4. Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin, Patrick Donnelly, Four Way Books
5. Slow Lightning, Eduardo C. Corral, Yale University Press

Lesbian Poetry
1. fault tree, kathryn l. pringle, Omnidawn Publishing
2. Letters to Kelly Clarkson, Julia Bloch, Sidebrow
3. Sea and Fog, Etel Adnan, Nightboat Books
4. Snowflake/different streets, Eileen Myles, Wave Books
5. wine for a shotgun, Marty McConnell, EM Press

Yes! Such amazing choices, and in an apparently record-breaking year:

Lambda Literary Foundation set a new record in 2013 for both the number of LGBT books submitted for Lammy consideration, 687, and the number of publishers participating, 332. This beats the record-setting numbers in 2012 of 600 titles by over 250 publishers and is the fourth consecutive year of growth in submissions and publishers.

“For four consecutive years we have broken the records for both book nominees and publishers, which is extremely heartening in a time of uncertainty for the publishing industry as a whole, and LGBT publishing, in particular,” said LLF Board Member and 2013 Lammy Co-Chair, S. Chris Shirley.

Winners will be announced during a ceremony on Monday evening, June 3, 2013, in New York City.

Originally Published: March 7th, 2013