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.
I'm keeping my expectations low for winning the award. With everything going on in the country the past several years, it seems likely that one of the more political finalists will win.
No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies, edited by E. Patrick Johnson and published by Duke University Press Books is, according to a review at Lambda Literary by Sarah Fonseca, "a first of its kind text, seeking to break ground and bread between queer studies and Black studies..."
Queer, edited by David J. Getsy and published by MIT Press, is "a book of artists’ queer tactics and infectious concepts."
The Remedy: Queer and Trans Voices on Health and Health Care, edited by Zena Sharman and published by Arsenal Pulp Press, "is a diverse collection of real-life stories from queer and trans people on their own health-care experiences and challenges..."
The remaining anthology, ALPHABET: The LGBTQAIU Creators from Prism Comics, edited by Jon Macy and Tara Madison Avery and published by Stacked Deck Press, is a collection of award-winning LGBTQAIU comics.
Arguably, our project is the most conventional and least political of the bunch. While I feel that fiction and poetry transcend the specific in order to portray the universal, this may be the year for work that more directly reflects the moment in which we find ourselves.
Win or lose, the Lammys are a great way to cap off all the hard work Martha and I, along with the contributors have put into this project. It will be great to celebrate with some of our fellow contributors. Teeka Ballas, Dawnell Smith and Egan Millard will be on hand. Indra Arriaga may be there as well.
So keep us in your thoughts tomorrow and check back here for photos and to get the dish on our Manhattan adventure!