ed. by G. Winston James and Lisa C. Moore
In Spirited: Affirming the Soul and Black Gay/Lesbian Identity, more than 40 writers address the question of how we, as same-gender-loving black people, affirm ourselves as sexual and spiritual people. These sacred narratives are a canon for our survival—holy texts proclaiming the divinity of our lives, the righteousness of our love, and the sanctity of our being. Spirited is a must-read for those on a journey toward spiritual and self-acceptance.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
G. Winston James is a Jamaican-born poet, author, essayist and editor. He holds a BA from Columbia University and an MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College. James is the author of the Lambda Literary Award and Ferro-Grumley Award finalist collection Shaming the Devil: Collected Short Stories; The Damaged Good: Poems Around Love; and the Lambda Literary Award finalist collection Lyric: Poems Along a Broken Road. His essays appear in the anthologies For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Still Not Enough and Love, Christopher Street: Reflections of Gay New York. James is co-editor of the anthology Voices Rising: Celebrating 20 Years of Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Writing and the Lambda Literary Award finalist collection Spirited: Affirming the Soul and Black Gay/Lesbian Identity. He recently wrote the introduction to American photographer Thomas Roma’s book of portraits, In the Vale of Cashmere (powerHouse, 2015).
[Photo © Curu Necos-Bloice.]
Lisa C. Moore is the founder and editor of RedBone Press, which publishes award-winning work celebrating the culture of black lesbians and gay men and promoting understanding between black gays and lesbians and the black mainstream. Moore is the editor of does your mama know? An Anthology of Black Lesbian Coming Out Stories, co-editor of Spirited: Affirming the Soul and Black Gay/Lesbian Identity, and co-editor, co-compiler and co-publisher (with Vintage Entity Press) of Carry the Word: A Bibliography of Black LGBTQ Books. Moore is also board co-president of Fire & Ink, an advocacy organization for LGBTQ writers of African descent.
[Photo © 2015 by Shaan Michael Wade.]
© 2006 by G. Winston James and Lisa C. Moore
Cover art copyright © 2004 by Janet Nicholson
Cover design: E.M. Corbin