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, short fiction writer, essayist and editor. He received his BA from Columbia College, Columbia University and holds an MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College, City University of New York. He is the author of the Lambda Literary Award and Ferro-Grumley Award finalist collection, Shaming the Devil: Collected Short Stories, as well as the poetry collections The Damaged Good: Poems Around Love and the Lambda Literary Award finalist collection Lyric: Poems Along a Broken Road. James is also co-editor of the historic anthologies, Voices Rising: Celebrating 20 Years of Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Writing and the Lambda Literary Award finalist publication Spirited: Affirming the Soul and Black Gay/Lesbian Identity. www.gwinstonjames.com
James is the founder of Top Pen Press and a former executive director of the collective Other Countries: Black Gay Men Writing. Founded in New York City in 1986, Other Countries is an organization of writers and artists dedicated to the development, dissemination and preservation of literature and other forms of cultural expression of gay men of African heritage.
[Photo © 1998 by Luna Luis Ortiz.]
© 2007 by G. Winston James and Other Countries
Cover photo © 1997 by G. Winston James
Cover design: D’Mon McNeil