Voices Rising

ed. by G. Winston James and Other Countries

Voices Rising: Celebrating 20 Years of Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Writing marks the twentieth anniversary of Other Countries—a small organization endeavoring to create a powerful, far-reaching, deliberate legacy of black queer expression. Voices Rising gathers more than sixtywriters whose work forms an important bridge among members of black LGBT communities, charting two decades of evolution, accomplishment and struggle. The poems, short stories, essays, interviews and dramatic excerpts gathered here exemplify the personal, political and cultural complexities of identity, desire, family and community. In these pages established authors appear alongside emerging talents and heretofore unknown artists to compelling, historic effect.  No other anthology so effectively represents the depth, breadth and brilliance of the current generation of black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender writers.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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.]

 

583 pp.

© 2007 by G. Winston James and Other Countries
Cover photo © 1997 by G. Winston James
Cover design: D’Mon McNeil 

ISBN-10: 0-9786251-3-7
ISBN-13: 978-0-9786251-3-9

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