Finalists For 2017 Lambda Literary Awards Announced

The "Lammys" honor acclaimed LGBT works in fiction, memoir, poetry, graphic novels, YA, science fiction, academic studies and more.

Finalists for the 29th annual Lambda Literary Awards were announced today, representing a diverse roster of acclaimed LGBT works in fiction, memoir, poetry, graphic novels, YA, science fiction, academic studies and more.

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Tig Notaro was nominated in the Lesbian Memoir section for I‘m Just a Person, which chronicles how, in the span of four months, she was hospitalized for a debilitating intestinal disease, suffered the loss of her mother, broke up with her girlfriend, and was diagnosed with breast cancer.

How to Survive a Plague

In LGBTQ Nonfiction, David France was nominated for the adaptation of his ACT UP documentary, How to Survive a Plague, alongside Sarah Schulman’s Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility and the Duty of Repair and David Greven’s Ghost Faces: Hollywood and Post-Millennial Masculinity.

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Three works were nominated for Lammys in the Drama category:
Robert O’Hara’s Barbecue/Bootycandy, Lois Fine’s Freda and Jem’s Best of the Week and Topher Payne’s Perfect Arrangement.

“Never in my lifetime have LGBTQ stories felt so important as a means of being recognized and counted, as a form of resistance to this dangerous political climate we find ourselves in,” said Lambda Literary director Tony Valenzuela. “The Lammys are a celebration of great queer literature, and this year they’re also a reminder that our community of writers, publishers, and readers is not only strong, but part of a vital pathway to asserting our humanity.”

The 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards ceremony will be held Monday, June 12, at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Below, view the full list of nominees.

Lesbian Fiction

A Thin Bright Line, Lucy Jane Bledsoe, University of Wisconsin Press
Another Brooklyn, Jacqueline Woodson, Amistad
Bull & Other Stories, Kathy Anderson, Autumn House Press
The Day After Death, Lynn C. Miller, University of New Mexico Press
Here Comes the Sun, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Liveright Publishing Corporation
Pretend I’m Your Friend, MB Caschetta, Engine Books
Tears in the Grass, Lynda A. Archer, Dundurn
They May Not Mean To, But They Do, Cathleen Schine, Sarah Crichton Books

Gay Fiction

The Angel of History, Rabih Alameddine, Atlantic Monthly Press
Black Deutschland, Darryl Pinckney, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
The Cosmopolitans, Sarah Schulman, The Feminist Press
Hide, Matthew Griffin, Bloomsbury USA
Jazz Moon, Joe Okonkwo, Kensington Books
Moonstone, Sjón, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
The Rope Swing, Jonathan Corcoran, Vandalia Press
What Belongs To You, Garth Greenwell, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Bisexual Fiction

Beautiful Gravity, Martin Hyatt, Antibookclub
Marrow Island, Alexis M. Smith, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Mouth to Mouth, Abigail Child, EOAGH
When Watched, Leopoldine Core, Penguin Books

Transgender Fiction

Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir, Kai Cheng Thom, Metonymy Press
If I Was Your Girl, Meredith Russo, Flatiron Books
Small Beauty, j ia qing wilson-yang, Metonymy Press

LGBTQ Nonfiction

Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility and the Duty of Repair, Sarah Schulman, Arsenal Pulp Press
Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York, Donald Albrecht, Skira Rizzoli
Ghost Faces: Hollywood and Post-Millennial Masculinity, David Greven, State University of New York Press
How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS, David France, Knopf
Pride & Joy: Taking the Streets of New York City, Jurek Wajdowicz, The New Press
Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Duke University Press Books
The Estrangement Principle, Ariel Goldberg, Nightboat Books
The Feminist Bookstore Movement: Lesbian Antiracism and Feminist Accountability, Kristen Hogan, Duke University Press Books

Bisexual Nonfiction

Black Dove: Mamá, Mi’jo, and Me, Ana Castillo, The Feminist Press
The Body’s Alphabet, Ann Tweedy, Headmistress Press
I Have Devoted My Life to the Clitoris, Elizabeth Hall, Tarpaulin Sky Press
Women in Relationships With Bisexual Men: Bi Men By Women, Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli and Sara Lubowitz, Lexington Books

Transgender Nonfiction

Life Beyond My Body: A Transgender Journey to Manhood in China, Lei Ming, Transgress Press
Outside the XY: Black and Brown Queer Masculinity, Morgan Mann Willis, Riverdale Avenue Books
Outspoken: A Decade of Transgender Activism and Trans Feminism, Julia Serano, Switch Hitter Press
Trunky (Transgender Junky): A Memoir, Samuel Peterson, Transgress Press
You Only Live Twice: Sex, Death and Transition, Chase Joynt and Mike Hoolbloom, Coach House Books

Lesbian Poetry

Bestiary, Donika Kelly, Graywolf Press
Complete Works of Pat Parker, edited by Julie R. Enszer, Sinister Wisdom/A Midsummer Night’s Press
Journal of Ugly Sites, Stacy Szymaszek, Fence Books
Night, Etel Adnan, Nightboat Books
play dead, francine j. harris, Alice James Books
Swarm Queen’s Crown, Stephanie Adams-Santos, Fathom Books
The Old Philosopher, Vi Khi Nao, Nightboat Books
You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened, ArisaWhite, Augury Books

Gay Poetry

DIG, Bryan Borland, Stillhouse Press
Night Sky with Exit Wounds, Ocean Vuong, Copper Canyon Press
Primer, Aaron Smith, University of Pittsburgh Press
Rapture, Sjohnna McCray, Graywolf Press
The Halo, C. Dale Young, Four Way Books
The Taxidermist’s Cut, Rajiv Mohabir, Four Way Books
Thief in the Interior, Phillip B. Williams, Alice James Books
Trouble the Water, Derrick Austin, BOA

Transgender Poetry

even this page is white, Vivek Shraya, Arsenal Pulp Press
The Romance of Siam: A Pocket Guide, Jai Arun Ravine, Timeless, Infinite Light
Reacquainted with Life, Kokumo, Topside Press
Safe Space, Jos Charles, Ahsahta Press
Sympathetic Little Monster, Cameron Awkward-Rich, Ricochet Editions

Lesbian Mystery

Blood Money Murder, Jessie Chandler, Bella Books
Bury Me When I’m Dead, Cheryl A. Head, Bywater Books
Collide-O-Scope, Andrea Bramhall, Ylva Publishing
Final Cut, Lynn Ames, Phoenix Rising Press
Pathogen, Jessica L. Webb, Bold Strokes Books
Requiem for Immortals, Lee Winter, Ylva Publishing
Under Contract, Jennifer L. Jordan, Clover Valley Press
Walk-in, T.L. Hart, Bella Books

Gay Mystery

Bitter Legacy by Dal Maclean, Blind Eye Books
Homo Superiors by L. A. Fields, Lethe Press
Lay Your Sleeping Head by Michael Nava, Korima Press
Nights in Berlin by Janice Law, Head of Zeus
Speakers of the Dead: A Walt Whitman Mystery by J. Aaron Sanders, Plume

Lesbian Memoir/Biography

A Body, Undone: Living On After Great Pain, Christina Crosby, NYU Press
A Two-Spirit Journey: The Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder, Ma-Nee Chacaby, University of Manitoba Press
I‘m Just a Person, Tig Notaro, Ecco
Indomitable: The Life of Barbara Grier, Joanne Passet, Bella Books
The Wind Is Spirit: The Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde, Gloria Joseph, PhD, Villarosa Media

Gay Memoir/Biography

Books For Living, Will Schwalbe, Knopf
Boy Erased, Garrard Conley, Riverhead Books
Capsid: A Love Song, Joseph Osmundson, Indolent Books
Cursed Legacy: The Tragic Life of Klaus Mann, Frederic Spotts, Yale University Press
Lust & Wonder, Augusten Burroughs, St. Martin’s Press
One Man Show: The Life and Art of Bernard Perlin, Michael Schreiber, Bruno Gmuender Books
Proxies, Brian Blanchfield, Nightboat Books
When We Rise, Cleve Jones, Hachette Books

Lesbian Romance

The Scorpion’s Empress, Yoshiyuki Ly, Solstice Publishing
Coils, Barbara Ann Wright, Bold Strokes Books
Finding Lizzie, Karma Kingsley, NineStar Press
Little Lies, Lila Bruce, Self-Published
Lost in the Starlight, Kiki Archer, K.A. Books
Loving Eleanor, Susan Wittig Albert, Persevero Press
Perfect Pairing, Rachel Spangler, Bywater Books
The Liberators of Willow Run, Marianne K. Martin, Bywater Books

Gay Romance

Into the Blue, Pene Henson, Interlude Press
Pansies, Alexis Hall, Riptide Publishing
Femme, Marshall Thornton, Kenmore Books
Rank, Richard Compson Sater, Bold Strokes Books
Country, Jeff Mann, Lethe Press
Adulting 101, Lisa Henry, Riptide Publishing
Rented Heart, Garrett Leigh, Riptide Publishing
Caught Inside, Jamie Deacon, Beaten Track Publishing

LGBTQ Anthology

ALPHABET: The LGBTQAIU Creators from Prism Comics, Jon Macy and Tara Madison Avery, Editors, Stacked Deck Press
Building Fires in the Snow: A Collection of Alaska LGBTQ Short Fiction and Poetry, Martha Amore and Lucian Childs, Editors, University of Alaska Press / Snowy Owl Books Imprint
No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies, E. Patrick Johnson, Duke University Press Books
The Remedy: Queer and Trans Voices on Health and Health Care, Zena Sharman, Arsenal Pulp Press
Queer, David J. Getsy, MIT Press

LGBTQ Children‘s/Young Adult

Beast, Brie Spangler, Alfred A. Knopf
Girl Mans Up, M.E. Girard, Harper Teen
Gravity, Juliann Rich, Bold Stroke Books
Highly Illogical Behavior, John Corey Whaley, Dial Books
Not Your Sidekick, C.B. Lee, Duet
Our Chemical Hearts, Krystal Sutherland, G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Symptoms of Being Human, Jeff Garvin, Balzer + Bray
The Midnight Star, Marie Lu, G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers


Barbecue/Bootycandy, Robert O’Hara, Theatre Communications Group
Freda and Jem’s Best of the Week, Lois Fine, Playwrights Canada Press
Perfect Arrangement, Topher Payne, Samuel French, Inc.

LGBTQ Erotica

Camp Rewind, Meghan O’Brien, Bold Strokes Books
Roped In, Marie Sexton and L.A. Witt, Amber Quill
Steel and Promise, Alexa Black, Bold Strokes Books
Soul to Keep, Rebekah Weatherspoon, Bold Strokes Books
Skyscraper, Scott Alexander Hess, Unzipped Books

LGBTQ Graphic Novels

Active Voice The Comic Collection: The Real Life Adventures Of An Asian-American, Lesbian, Feminist, Activist And Her Friends, Written by P. Kristen Enos with Heidi Ho; Illustrated by Derek Chua, Leesamarie Croal, Casandra Grullon, Beth Varni, Dan Parent, Furia Press
The Case of Alan Turing: The Extraordinary and Tragic Story of the Legendary Codebreaker, Eric Liberge and Arnaud Delalande, Translated by David Homel, Arsenal Pulp Press
Wuvable Oaf: Blood & Metal, Ed Luce, Fantagraphics Books


All Good Children, Dayna Ingram, Lethe Press
The Devourers, Indra Das, Del Rey
Irish Black, David Lennon, Blue Spike Publishing
Kissing Booth Girl, A.C. Wise, Lethe Press
Lily, Michael Thomas Ford, illustrated by Staven Andersen, Lethe Press
A Little Queermas Carol, Sassafras Lowrey, PoMo Freakshow
Style of Attack Report, By Ras Mashramani, Rasheedah Phillips, Alex Smith, and M. Eighteen Téllez, Metropolarity
Will Do Magic for Small Change, Andrea Hairston, Aqueduct Press

LGBTQ Studies

Asegi Stories: Cherokee Queer and Two Spirit Memory, Qwo-Li Driskill, University of Arizona Press
Homintern, Gregory Woods, Yale University Press
Indian Blood: HIV and Colonial Trauma in San Francisco’s Two-Spirit Community, Andrew J. Jolivette, University of Washington Press
Melodrama: An Aesthetics of Impossibility, Jonathan Goldberg, Duke University Press
Not Straight, Not White: Black Gay Men From The March on Washington to the AIDS Crisis, Kevin Mumford, University of North Carolina Press
Out in the Periphery: Latin America’s Gay Rights Revolution, Omar G. Encarnación, Oxford University Press
Queer Clout: Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics, Timothy Stewart-Winter, University of Pennsylvania Press
Sex Museums: The Politics and Performance of Display, Jennifer Tyburczy, University of Chicago Press

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.