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The Queer South: LGBTQ Writers on the American South – A Reading by Contributors

December 6, 2014 @ 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM


Join contributors to The Queer South: LGBTQ Writers on the American South for a reading at the Bureau. Featuring Matthew Hittinger, Stephen S. Mills, Joseph OsmundsonDouglas Ray (editor), Jeffery Berg, Perry Brass, and Rangi McNeil.

The Queer South: LGBTQ Writers on the American South, edited by Douglas Ray, published by Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013.

This anthology, dreamed up and edited by Douglas Ray, features poetry and prose that sings of and explores the queer experience of the American South. Included are Dorothy Allison, Shane Allison, John Andrews, Derrick Austin, Jeffery Berg, Richard Blanco, Perry Brass, Dustin Brookshire, Jericho Brown, Joey Connelly, William Cordeiro, C. Cleo Creech, James Croteau, J.K. Daniels, Nick Dephtereos, David Eye, Jason K. Friedman, D. Gilson, Ellen Goldstein, Miriam Bird Greenberg, Elizabeth Gross, Johnathan Harper, Scott Hightower, Matthew Hittinger, Darrel Alejandro Holnes, Rex Leonowicz, Sassafras Lowrey, Tyler Lynn, Bo McGuire, Rangi McNeil, Kelly McQuain, M. Mack, Ed Madden, Jeff Mann, Randall Mann, Mary Meriam, Stephen S. Mills, Cameron Mitchell, Foster Noone, Joseph Osmundson, Eddie Outlaw, Seth Pennington, Evan J. Peterson, Kenneth Pobo, Brad Richard, Hannah Riddle, Laurence Ross, Liana Roux, Kevin Sessums, Del Shores, Erin Elizabeth Smith, Will Stockton, Dan Stone, Christine Stroud, Billie Tadros, TC Tolbert, Dan Vera, Annie Virginia, Valerie Wetlaufer, C.T. Whitley, Scott Wiggerman, Cristan Williams, and L. Lamar Wilson.



Matthew Hittinger is the author of two poetry collections, The Erotic Postulate (2014) and Skin Shift (2012) both from Sibling Rivalry Press, and three chapbooks. He received his MFA from the University of Michigan where he won a Hopwood Award for poetry. His work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, has been adapted into art songs, and in 2012 Poets & Writers Magazine named him a Debut Poet on their 8th annual list. Matthew lives in Astoria, Queens.



Stephen Mills

Stephen S. Mills is the author of the Lambda Award-winning book He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices(Sibling Rivalry Press, 2012) and A History of the Unmarried (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014). He earned his MFA from Florida State University. His work has appeared in The Antioch Review, PANK, The New York Quarterly, The Los Angeles Review, Knockout, Assaracus, The Rumpus, and others. He is also the winner of the 2008 Gival Press Oscar Wilde Poetry Award. He lives in New York City. Website:


Joseph Osmundson is a writer, educator, and scientist based in New York City. His writing has appeared in The Rumpus, on, and in The Feminist Wire, where he is an Associate Editor. He completed graduate studies in Molecular Biophysics at The Rockefeller University and is currently a post-doctoral fellow at New York University.


Douglas Ray is author of He Will Laugh and editor of The Queer South. A former Lambda Literary Fellow, he received his B.A. in classics and English and M.F.A. in creative writing from The University of Mississippi, where he edited The Yalobusha Review. He is Poet-in-Residence at Indian Springs School, an independent boarding and day school in Birmingham,


Jeffery Berg grew up in Six Mile, South Carolina, and Lynchburg, Virginia. He received an M.F.A. from New York University. His poems have appeared in Court Green, The Gay & Lesbian Review, Map Literary, Assaracus and Harpur Palate. He has written reviews for The Poetry Project Newsletter and Lambda Literary. A Virginia Center of the Creative Arts fellow, Jeffery lives in New York and blogs at jdbrecords.

Perry Brass, from Savannah, GA, has published 17 books; Lambda Literary Award finalist 6 times; finalist Ferro-Grumley Fiction Award; won 4 “Ippy” Awards; appears in 30 anthologies of poetry, fiction, and essays; and has been involved in the LGBT movement since 1969, when he co-edited Come Out!, the world’s first gay liberation newspaper. In 1972, he co-founded the Gay Men’s Health Project Clinic, first clinic for gay men on the East Coast, still operating as New York’s Callen-Lorde Clinic.

Rangi McNeil is author of The Missing (The Sheep Meadow Press, 2003), a poetry collection. An Emerge-Surface-Be Fellow at The Poetry Project at St. Marks Church, he holds an M.F.A. from Columbia University School of the Arts and teaches at Borough of Manhattan Community College.




December 6, 2014
8:30 PM - 10:00 PM


Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
208 West 13th Street, Room 210
New York, NY 10011 United States
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