Some Thoughts on The Lammys

Tomorrow is the big day. The three and a half years that Martha and I have been working on "Building Fires in the Snow" will culminate at the Lambda Literary Award ceremony tomorrow night. We'll be walking the red carpet and rubbing elbows with the famous and infamous. Needless to say, I have a bit of pre-event jitters. 

Building Fires in the Snow: A brief note on the collection and diversity

Building Fires in the Snow is diverse in many ways. You’ll find in our book a wide spectrum of LGBTQ writers, as well as a couple of straight allies.

There are stories and poems from rural and small town Alaska, as well as its urban hubs. You’ll find a great range of our author’s ages—from people in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s. There are Asian-American, African-American, and Latino writers, and even a woman of Saami heritage, the Native Arctic people of Scandinavia. We have far more women than men, a welcome change from most literary anthologies. And our authors come from many walks of life: a naturalist, a commercial fisherman, a librarian, a goat-herder, a sheep-herder, an electrician, several professors, a graphic artist, an anthropologist, and the list goes on.

Our book is the first attempt to collect the stories of LGBTQ Alaskans, which might create an expectation for it to represent all the varieties of queer experience in the state. This is an impossible task for any single volume to attain, and all the more daunting here, given the relatively small pool of LGBTQ and ally Alaska writers. We hope our book will serve as an inspiration to other Alaskans who will create future collections that feature an even wider range of languages, locations, ages and ethnicities.