Finalists for the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry
How a Mirage Works, by Beverly Burch (Sixteen Rivers Press)
Last Psalm at Sea Level, by Meg Day (Barrow Street Press)
Like a Beggar, by Ellen Bass (Copper Canyon Press)
Tiger Heron, by Robin Becker (University of Pittsburgh Press)
Finalists for the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry
I Don’t Know Do You, by Roberto Montes (Ampersand Books)
The New Testament, by Jericho Brown (Copper Canyon Press)
Prelude to Bruise, by Saeed Jones (Coffee House Press)
The Selected Poetry of Pier Paolo Pasolini: A Bilingual Edition, edited and translated by Stephen Sartarelli (University of Chicago Press)
Finalists for the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction
Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: 40 Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith, by Barbara Smith; edited by Alethia Jones and Virginia Eubanks (SUNY Press)
A Cup of Water Under My Bed, by Daisy Hernandez (Beacon Press)
Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger, by Kelly Cogswell (University of Minnesota Press)
The End of Eve, by Ariel Gore (Hawthorne Books)
Finalists for the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction
Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity, by Robert Beachy (Alfred A. Knopf)
Hold Tight Gently, by Martin Duberman (The New Press)
The Prince of Los Cocuyos, by Richard Blanco (Ecco/HarperCollins)
Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe, by Philip Gefter (Liveright/W.W. Norton)
Finalists for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction
For Today I Am a Boy, by Kim Fu (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Little Reef and Other Stories, by Michael Carroll (University of Wisconsin Press)
New York 1, Tel Aviv 0, by Shelly Oria (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Unaccompanied Minors, by Alden Jones (New American Press)
Finalists for the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction
All I Love and Know, by Judith Frank (William Morrow/HarperCollins)
I Loved You More, by Tom Spanbauer (Hawthorne Books)
Mr. Loverman, by Bernardine Evaristo (Akashic Books)
Sideways Down the Sky, by Barry Brennessel (MLR Press)
When Everything Feels Like the Movies, by Raziel Reid (Arsenal Pulp Press)
The winners will be announced at our awards ceremony on April 23, 2015, at the Auditorium of the New School (66 West 12th Street in New York City) at 7 p.m. The ceremony is free and open to the public.
Rigoberto González is the 2015 recipient of the Publishing Triangle’s Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement, named in honor of the legendary editor of the 1970s and 1980s. This honor, which carries the largest cash prize in LGBT letters, will be presented at our awards ceremony on April 23, 2015, in New York City.
Rigoberto González is the author of four books of poetry—most recently,Unpeopled Eden, which was a finalist last year for the Publishing Triangle’s Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry and won the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. His ten books of prose comprise two bilingual children’s books; the three young adult novels in the Mariposa Club series; the novel Crossing Vines; the story collection Men Without Bliss; and three books of nonfiction, including Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa, which was a finalist for the Publishing Triangle’s Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction and received the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation.
González has also edited Camino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing and a volume of the poet Alurista’s work, Xicano Duende. He is the recipient of, among others, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Barnes & Noble Writer for Writers Award.
González is contributing editor for Poets & Writers magazine, sits on the executive board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle, and is professor of English at Rutgers–Newark, the State University of New Jersey.
The Bill Whitehead Award is given to a man in odd-numbered years and to a woman in even years, and the winner receives $3000.