Gay Wordsmiths Get Their Day

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Bent book worms may want to cancel their plans for May 7th. The Publishing Triangle has chosen that night to host their 19th annual self-titled awards show. Not only will the foundation be granting a slew of gay-named honors, (the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry and Randy Shilts Award), but they’ll honor Andrew Holleran with a lifetime achievement award.

Holleran, has penned four novels, a collection of short stories and a series of essay. The American University professor garnered – and deserved – endless praise for his classic pre-AIDS gay tale, Dancer from the Dance. The 1978 beauty opens thus:

He was just a face I saw in a discotheque one winter, but it was I who ended up going back to Fire Island to pick up his things. Now my father used to say, and I agree: There is nothing so unhappy as going through the clothes of a friend who has died, to see what may be used and what should be given to charity.

If you haven’t read it, do yourself a favor and order a copy.

Meanwhile, Chris Weikel will take home the Robert Chesley Foundation achievement in playwriting award for his plays, Penny Penniworth Speaking Parts, and Gareth and Lynette. British-born playwright and critic Eric Bentley will receive the same award. Bentley may be most well-known for his play Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been, but let’s not forget his critical works, The Playwright as Thinker and What is Theater? Good question…

Now, before you get to pondering the essence of the stage, don’t forget: May 7th. 7pm. Tishman Auditorium of the New School for Social Research (66 West 12th Street). Publishing Triangle awards. It’s free and there will most likely be free booze. Also, loads of cute, well read boys.

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