LLF awards 2009

May 30, 2009 at 11:03 pm Leave a comment

The Lambda award winners for this year were announced on May 28. I’ll post a link to the list later.


  • Open, Jenny Block, Seal Press
  • Sexual Fluidity: Understanding Women’s Love & Desire,
    Lisa M. Diamond, Harvard University Press
  • The Bishop’s Daughter, Honor Moore, W.W. Norton
  • Kinsey Zero Through Sixty: Bisexual Perspectives on Kinsey, Ron Jackson Suresha, Taylor & Francis Journals
  • Rimbaud, Edmund White, Atlas & Company


  • Intersex (For Lack of a Better Word), Thea Hillman, Manic D Press
  • 10,000 Dresses, Marcus Ewert & Rex Ray, Seven Stories Press
  • Two Truths and a Lie, Scott Schofield, Homofactus Press
  • Boy with Flowers, Ely Shipley, Barrow Street Press
  • Transgender History, Susan Stryker, Seal Press


  • Our Caribbean, edited by Thomas Glave, Duke University Press
  • A Casulty of War: Gay Short Fiction, Peter Burton, Arcadia Books
  • Live Through This, edited by Sabrina Chapadjiev, Seven Stories Press
  • Love, West Hollywood, edited by Chris Freeman and James J. Berg, Alyson
  • Big Trips: More Good Gay Travel Writing, edited by Raphael Kadushin, University of Wisconsin Press


  • Out of the Pocket, Bill Konigsberg, Dutton
  • Hit the Road, Manny: A Manny Files Novel, Christian Burch, Simon and Schuster
  • How They Met & Other Stories, David Levithan, Knopf Children’s Books
  • Mousetraps, Pat Schmatz, Carolrhoda Books
  • What They Always Tell Us, Martin Wilson, Random House Children’s Books
  • Love & Lies: Marisol’s Story, Ellen Wittlinger, Simon and Schuster


  • The Second Coming of Joan of Arc, Carolyn Gage, Outskirts Press
  • Phi Alpha Gamma, Dan Bernitt, Sawyer House
  • Radical Acts: Collected Political Plays, Martin Duberman, The New Press
  • Two Truths and a Lie, Scott Schofield, Homofactus Press
  • Vile Affections, Vanda, Original Works Publishing


  • Loving The Difficult, Jane Rule, Hedgerow Press
  • Me as Her Again, Nancy Agabian, Aunt Lute Books
  • If I Could Write This in Fire, Michelle Cliff, Univ of Minnesota Press
  • Dishonorable Passions: Sodomy Laws in America 1861-2003, William N. Eskridge Jr, Penguin Group
  • Beyond (Straight & Gay) Marriage, Nancy Polikoff, Beacon Press
  • Drifting Toward Love, Kai Wright, Beacon Press


  • Turnskin, Nicole Kimberling, Blind Eye Books
  • The Archer’s Heart, Astrid Amara, Blind Eye Books
  • The Magician and the Fool, Barth Anderson, Bantam Del Rey
  • Wilde Stories 2008, Steve Berman, Lethe Press
  • Sea, Swallow Me and Other Stories, Craig Gidney, Lethe Press


  • Criminal Intimacy: Prison and the Uneven History of Modern American Sexuality, Regina Kunzel, The University of Chicago Press
  • Tomboys: A Literary & Cultural History, Michelle Ann Abate, Temple University Press
  • The Dividends of Dissent: How Conflict and Culture Work in Lesbian and Gay Marches on Washington, Amin Ghaziani, The University of Chicago Press
  • Political Manhood: Red Bloods, Mollycoddles, & & the Politics of Progressive Reform, Kevin P. Murphy, Columbia University Press
  • Screening Sex, Linda Williams, Duke University Press


  • The Bruise, Magdalena Zurawski, Fiction Collective Two/University of Alabama Press
  • Red Audrey & the Roping, Jill Malone, Bywater Books
  • Passing for Black, Linda Villarosa, Kensington
  • Closer to Fine, Meri Weiss, Kensington
  • Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind, Chavisa Woods, Fly by Night Press


  • In Deep Waters 2: Cruising the Strip, Radclyffe and Karin Kallmaker, Bold Strokes Books
  • Lipstick on Her Collar, Sacchi Green and Rakelle Valencia, Pretty Things Press
  • Periphery: Erotic Lesbian Futures, Lynne Jamneck, Lethe Press


  • The Sealed Letter, Emma Donoghue, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • All the Pretty Girls, Chandra Mayor, Conundrum Press
  • The Slow Fix, Ivan E. Coyote, Arsenal Pulp Press
  • Map of Ireland, Stephanie Grant, Scribner
  • Breaking Spirit Bridge, Ruth Perkinson, Spinsters Ink


  • Sex Talks to Girls: A Memoir, Maureen Seaton, University of Wisconsin Press
  • Wrestling with the Angel of Democracy, Susan Griffin,
    Shambhala Publications
  • Intersex (For Lack of a Better Word), Thea Hillman, Manic D Press
  • Sex Variant Woman, Joanne Passet, Da Capo
  • Case of a Lifetime, Abbe Smith, Palgrave Macmillan


  • Whacked, Josie Gordon, Bella Books
  • Blind Faith, Diane and Jacob Anderson-Minshall, Bold Strokes Books
  • Sweet Poison, Ellen Hart, St. Martin’s Press
  • Losers Weepers, Jessica Thomas, Bella Books
  • Calling the Dead, Ali Vali, Bold Strokes Books


  • love belongs to those who do the feeling, Judy Grahn, Red Hen Press
  • Interpretive Work, Elizabeth Bradfield, Arktoi / Red Hen Press
  • Kissing Dead Girls, Daphne Gottlieb, Soft Skull Press
  • Same Life, Maureen N. McLane, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Two Minutes of Light, Nancy K. Pearson, Perugia Press


  • The Kiss That Counted, Karin Kallmaker, Bella Books
  • Finding Home, Georgia Beers, Bold Strokes Books
  • A Pirate’s Heart, Catherine Friend, Bold Strokes Books
  • Hotel Liaison, JLee Meyer, Bold Strokes Books
  • The Lonely Hearts Club, Radclyffe, Bold Strokes Books


  • Finlater, Shawn Ruff, Quote Editions
  • Shuck, Daniel Allen Cox, Arsenal Pulp Press
  • Light Fell, Evan Fallenberg, Soho Press
  • The Screwed-Up Life of Charlie The Second, Drew Ferguson, Kensington
  • The Steve Machine, Mike Hoolboom, Coach House Books


  • Best Gay Erotica 2009, Richard Labonte & James Lear, Cleis Press
  • The Secret Tunnel, James Lear, Cleis Press
  • Hard Working Men, William Maltese, Victor J. Banis, Jardonn Smith, & J.P. Bowie, MLR Press


  • We Disappear, Scott Heim, Harper Perennial
  • Stray Dog Winter, David Francis, Macadam/Cage Publishing
  • The Torturer’s Wife, Thomas Glave, City Light Publishers
  • The Conversion, Joseph Olshan, St. Martin’s Press
  • The Boomerang Kid, Jay Quinn, Alyson


  • Edward Carpenter:  A Life of Liberty and Love, Sheila Rowbotham, Verso Books
  • Bringing Him Home, Aaron Cooper, Late August Press
  • Swish, Joel Derfner, Broadway Books
  • Assisted Loving, Bob Morris, Harper
  • King of Shadows, Aaron Shurin, City Lights Publishers


  • First You Fall, Scott Sherman, Alyson Books
  • The Fisher Boy, Stephen Anable, Poisoned Pen Press
  • Sundowner Ubuntu, Anthony Bidulka, Insomniac Press
  • Mahu Fire, Neil Plakcy, Alyson Books
  • Spider Season, John Morgan Wilson, St. Martin’s Press

GAY POETRY (a tie!)

  • Fire to Fire, Mark Doty, Harper
  • Now You’re the Enemy, James Allen Hall, Univ. of Arkansas Press
  • Want, Rick Barot, Sarabande Press
  • Please, Jericho Brown, New Issues
  • My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer, Jack Spicer, edited by Peter Gizzi & Kevin Killian, Wesleyan University Press


  • Got ’til it’s Gone, Larry Duplechan, Arsenal Pulp Press
  • Mexican Heat, Laura Baumbach & Josh Lanyon, MLR Press
  • The Protector, N.L. Gassert, Seventh Window Publications

[The following criteria does not say that the LGBT books are only for those published in  the USA and Canada only. In fact, the LLF suspiciously excludes internationaly published LGBT content. The LGBT community they refer to is an exclusive enclave. I’ve posted about this double standard previously.]

Judging criteria: The two equally important criteria for judging a submission are 1) the LGBT content and 2) the quality of writing.

LGBT content is a combination of factors: LGBT characters, events that influence LGBT lives and/or have meaning to the LGBT community; LGBT stories that haven’t been told; or traditional LGBT material that is handled in a unique and fresh way.

Quality of the writing. If a work is beautifully written but has little LGBT content, then it may not deserve to become a finalist. If a work has substantial LGBT content but is poorly written (e.g., clichéd, inadequate characterization or other substandard craft), then it may not deserve to become a finalist. These awards seek to honor both talent and content, not just one or the other.

For the genre categories (Mystery, Romance, Erotica, Science Fiction, etc.), the quality of the writing should also fulfill the expectations of the genre. When assessing a mystery, consider how the mystery stands in relation to its genre: a) is it traditional, b) does it challenge the conventions of a mystery in a new and interesting way, or c) is it not really a mystery but a novel with a few mysterious elements?


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