S221. Recovering Out of Print Queer Literature

Salon F, Washington Convention Center, Level One
Saturday, February 11, 2017
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


The publications of many important LGBTQ writers have fallen out of print and become inaccessible to readers today. This situation poses special challenges for LGBTQ authors published by small independent presses. As readers, editors, and publishers, how can we uncover and restore LGBTQ writing in danger of being lost? How can this work be brought to new readers’ attention? With our AWP audience, we will reflect on the recovery of this marginalized literary history, culture, and community.



Philip Clark is the coeditor of Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS (with David Groff) and In the Empire of the Air: The Poems of Donald Britton (with Reginald Shepherd). He writes regularly about LGBT history, literature, and visual arts.

Lisa C. Moore is the founder and editor of RedBone Press, which publishes award-winning literature celebrating the cultures of black lesbians and gay men, and promoting understanding between black gays and lesbians and the black mainstream.

Julie R. Enszer, PhD, is the author of Lilith's Demons, Sisterhood, and Handmade Love, and editor of Milk & Honey: A Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry. Milk & Honey was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Poetry. Enszer is the editor and publisher of Sinister Wisdom.

Jan Freeman is a poet and the author of the forthcoming Blue Structure; Simon Says, nominated for an NBCC Award; Hyena; Autumn Sequence; and the chapbook manuscript, Silence. She directs Paris Press, which she founded in 1995 to bring back into print The Life of Poetry by Muriel Rukeyser.

Stephen Motika is the author of the poetry collection Western Practice and the editor of Tiresias: The Collected Poems of Leland Hickman. He is the publisher of Nightboat Books and the program director of Poets House.


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