Friday, November 7, 2014

Meet Diane and Jacob Anderson-Minshall

Tune in and Friday, November 7th to hear David-Matthew's live interview with Diane and Jacob!

Diane and Jacob Anderson-Minshall are co-conspirators in life and love. They co-author the Blind Eye mystery series (Blind Curves, Blind Faith, and the Lambda Literary Award finalist Blind Leap) and their new memoir, Queerly Beloved: A Love Story Across Genders (Bold Strokes Books), about their 22+-year-relationship, which survived Jacob’s gender transition. Their story has been the subject of numerous articles (in outlets including The New York Times and Diva magazine) and radio shows (like NPR’s Story Corp).

Diane is currently the editor at large for The Advocate, the world’s oldest LGBT magazine; editor in chief of Plus magazine, the most widely read magazine for people with HIV; and a contributor to Out magazine and OutTraveler. A longtime journalist who has appeared in dozens of publications including Esquire, The New York Times, Bitch, Us Weekly, Seventeen, Film Threat, Passport, Bust, and Glamour magazine, she was also the co-founder of two women’s magazines  (Girlfriends and Alice) and the longtime editor in chief of Curve magazine.

Jacob recently sat on the board of Lambda Literary Foundation. He has written for numerous LGBT and feminist publications and, for four years, he penned the nationally syndicated weekly column, TransNation. He later produced and co-hosted the radio show, Gender Blender. His work is included in anthologies including Men Speak Out: Views on Gender, Sex, and Power (now in its 2nd edition) and the Lambda award-winning Portland Queer. He’s currently at work on his first graphic novel.

The couple have also collaborated in founding and running the lesbian magazine Girlfriends and Portland, Oregon’s LGBT literary series, QLiterati! and are now fast at work on their one-acre orchard in Southern California’s desert region.

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Meet Sheri Lewis Wohl

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Sheri Lewis Wohl is a writer who lives and works in Northeastern Washington State.  She received her BA from Eastern Washington University and MA from California State University, Dominguez Hills. When not working her day job in federal finance or writing stories of the preternatural variety, Sheri enjoys the great outdoors as a member of a local K9 Search & Rescue Team and Team Blaze Spokane, a triathlon club. In her spare time, she’s been a zombie in the SyFy Series Z Nation and acted in local theater productions.

Meet Eric Andrews-Katz

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Eric Andrews-Katz (WriteOn530@gmail.com) lives in Seattle with his husband Alan. Eric’s first story “Mr. Grimm’s Faery Tale” - a 2008 Spectrum Short Fiction Award nominee – was published in So Fey: Queer Fairy Fiction. Other works have appeared in: The Best Date Ever, Charmed Lives: Gay Spirit in Storytelling, Gay City Vols: 2, 3 & 4 (co-editor of Vol 4), The Advocate, Chelsea Station, and a contributing writer for the Seattle Gay News. Eric’s first novel The Jesus Injection (the first Agent Buck 98 adventure) and its sequel Balls & Chain are from Bold Strokes Books.

Meet Felice Picano

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Felice Picano is the author of more than twenty-five books of poetry, fiction, memoirs, nonfiction, and plays. His work is translated into many languages and several titles were national and international bestsellers. He is considered a founder of modern gay literature along with the other members of the path breaking Violet Quill Club.

Picano was involved in early gay media such as The Advocate, Out, Christopher Street, and The New York Native. In 1977, Picano founded the first all gay publishing house, The SeaHorse Press, and then joined two friends in 1981 to form The Gay Presses of New York, which dominated the independent gay book scene for fifteen years.

Picano’s first novel was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award in 1975. Since then he’s been nominated for and/or won dozens of literary awards, including a Lambda Literary Foundation Pioneer Award in 2009. He was also one of OUT Magazine’s 100 Important Gay People of that year.

Picano’s most recent work includes True Stories: Portraits From My Past, and two collections, Contemporary Gay Romances, and Twelve O’Clock Tales. His fantasy novella, Wonder City of the West, will be published in 2013.

Picano was openly gay and “out” before the Stonewall Riots and was associated with the early gay political movement. (c.f. Jeffrey Schwarz’s film: Activist: the Life and Times of Vito Russo.)  Faced with the threat of what would become the AIDS Epidemic, in 1980, Picano joined eight other men in forming The Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the premiere organization to combat the disease. Those
experiences led him to co-author The New Joy  of Gay Sex (1992) and The Joy of Gay Sex, 3rd Edition (2003), with Dr. Charles Silverstein, addressing men’s health issues. The latter title is in its 17th edition and now translated into sixteen languages including Slovenian and Taiwanese.

Picano is less well-known as a playwright. His first play, Immortal, based on his novella, An Asian Minor, was produced by The Meridian Gay Theater Off Broadway in 1985. His one-act, One O ’Clock Jump, was co-winner of the Jane Chambers Award and was produced by The Glines in 1986, Off-Broadway. It was revived by Seattle Rep and in 2000 featured at the Tennessee Williams Festival in New Orleans. The Bombay Trunk was premiered in 2002 at San Francisco’s New Conservatory Theater, and was revived in Spring, 2008, in Palm Springs for a successful run. His fourth play, Ingoldsby, based on his novella of the same name, received a staged reading at the Black Hawk Theater in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2007. A new play is in development.

Picano is adjunct professor of literature at Antioch University, Los Angeles, and he blogs on the HuffingtonPost.com. Recent stories, essays, and reviews are up free to be read at www.felicepicano.net . Writing about him can be found in several references including Contemporary Authors, The Cambridge History of American Literature and Wikipedia.com.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Meet Andrew J. Peters

Tune in on Friday. October 31st to hear David-Matthew's live interview with Andrew!

Andrew J. Peters is the author of The Seventh Pleiade and the Werecat series.  He grew up in Buffalo, New York, studied psychology at Cornell University, and has spent most of his career as a social worker and an advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. A lifelong writer, Andrew is a former Lambda Literary Foundation Fellow and has written short fiction for many publications. He lives in New York City with his partner Genaro and their cat ChloĆ«.

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