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Lesbian Writers and Stories Honored at 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards

(SFGN) Lambda Literary, the national organization recognizing and advancing LGBT writing and writers, announced the winners of the 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards (the “Lammys”) at a ceremony in New York at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, on Monday, June 12. 

American author Jacqueline Woodson received the Visionary Award, a lifetime achievement award, recognizing her writing for children and young adults. Woodson’s books include: “Miracle's Boys,” “Brown Girl Dreaming,” “After Tupac and D Foster,” “Feathers,” and “Show Way.”

Accepting the award, Woodson said, “The work we do as a queer community for the generations beyond us make me proud to be standing here and accept this award.”

Woodson accepted the award from Emmy and Tony-award winning actress, and friend, Cynthia Nixon.

English writer Jeanette Winterson accepted the Trustee award. Winterson’s best known work is “Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit,” a semi-autobiographical. Some of Winterson’s themes explore gender polarities and sexual identity.

In her acceptance speech, Winterson talked about the powers of writers and imagination. “Everything that happens starts with an idea…We should protect and expand the imagination: to imagine the world as different than it is.”

Lammys were awarded in the following Lesbian-themed categories:

 

Lesbian Fiction

Here Comes the Sun” by Nicole Dennis-Benn

Lesbian Poetry (TIE)

play dead” by francine j. harris

The Complete Works of Pat Parker” edited by Julie R. Enszer

Lesbian Mystery

Pathogen” by Jessica L. Webb

Lesbian Memoir/Biography

The Wind is Spirit: The Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde” by Dr. Gloria Joseph

Lesbian Romance

The Scorpion’s Empress” by Yoshiyuki Ly

 

Bisexual Writers and Stories Honored at 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards

(SFGN) Lambda Literary, the national organization recognizing and advancing LGBT writing and writers, announced the winners of the 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards (the “Lammys”) at a ceremony in New York at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, on Monday, June 12.

Emmy and Tony Award-winner and out bisexual actress Cynthia Nixon was among the guest presenters for the evening. Other guest presenters were Tony Award-winning producer Vivek Toward, comedian Tig Notaro, and New York Times columnists Frank Bruni and Masha Gessen.

Nixon presented author Jacqueline Woodson with the Visionary Award and introduced Woodson, as a “writer who is part of the institution but stands outside it and critiques… She is the writer, the friend, the citizen these times demand.” 

Lammys were awarded in the following Bisexual-themed categories:

 

Bisexual Fiction

Marrow Island” by Alexis M. Smith

Bisexual Nonfiction 

“Black Dove: Mama, Mi’jo, and Me” by Ana Castillo

Bisexual Poetry 

Mouth to Mouth” by Abigail Child

 

Transgender Writers and Stories Honored at 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards

(SFGN) Lambda Literary, the national organization recognizing and advancing LGBT writing and writers, announced the winners of the 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards (the “Lammys”) at a ceremony in New York at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, on Monday, June 12. 

The ceremony was hosted by trans and multi-genre artist, Justin Vivian Bond. “Authors putting words in order artfully and with thought is a revolutionary thing in the climate we are living in,” Bond said. “I want to congratulate everyone who’s nominated tonight. We’re here to celebrate you for the gift you have given us with your artistry.”

“In a year of great political turmoil, the Lammys were a reminder that our LGBTQ writing community remains at the forefront of resistance to attacks on our communities,” Tony Valenzuela said, Lambda Literary executive director. “Congratulations to all the winners and honorees. You inspire us.”

Lammys were awarded in the following transgender-themed categories:

 

Transgender Fiction

Small Beauty by jia qing wilson-yang

Transgender Nonfiction

Life Beyond My Body: A Transgender Journey to Manhood in China by Lei Ming

Transgender Poetry

Reacquainted with Life by KOKUMO