February 5th, 2015

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Kelly McQuain (born February 5)

Kelly McQuain is a writer, artist and college professor living in Philadelphia. He grew up in West Virginia surrounded by the wooded mountains of Monongahela National Forest. His family back home still live on a dirt road bearing the McQuain name. He is the author of VELVET RODEO, which won the 2013 Bloom Chapbook Prize, judged by poet C. Dale Young. The collection includes poems published in several national journals, including “Scrape the Velvet from Your Antlers”, which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by the journal Kestrel.

As a writer, McQuain’s poems have been featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer and on National Public Radio’s Tell Me More as part of National Poetry Month. His poems have appeared in Bloom, Chelsea Station, Assaracus, Painted Bride Quarterly, Stone Highway Review, Press 1, American Writing, Texture, Black Heart Magazine, Transient, Certain Circuits, Apiary, Nada and more. His prose has appeared in The Harrington Gay Men’s Fiction Quarterly, Kansas Quarterly/Arkansas Review, The James White Review and Icarus: the Magazine of Gay Speculative Fiction. His essays and stories have been anthologized in over a dozen publications, including: Obsessed; Skin & Ink; Rebel Yell 2; Best American Erotica; Best Gay Erotica; Rough Trade; The Journal of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Identity; and the Lambda Literary Award-winning Men on Men 2000. He is a former contributing editor at the Harrington Gay Men’s Fiction Quarterly and Art & Understanding (A&U). He has won writing fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and he serves on the “One Book, One Philadelphia” Selection Committee in Philadelphia. Currently a professor of English at the Community College of Philadelphia, he formerly worked as an illustrator of superhero comics. His occasional columns on city life debuted in The Philadelphia Inquirer in July 2012.

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Source: kellymcquain.wordpress.com/about/

Further Readings:

VELVET RODEO 
is now available for $8
from the fine folks at BLOOM.
Copies are limited. Order at:
http://bloomliteraryjournal.org/shop/velvet-rodeo/

VELVET RODEO by Kelly McQuain is the recent winner of the Bloom Chapbook Prize, judged by poet C. Dale Young who wrote of it: “‘The tongue I try to master / is a sticky one, forked and full of tricks,’ is the opening of a poem in Velvet Rodeo, and it becomes a point of return for the collection. These poems understand that to tell the truth, one must lie, play tricks, and even dare to say the unbelievable. Careful and exacting, these poems exact a price from a reader. They linger with you long after you have finished reading them.”

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Brent Hartinger & Michael Jensen

Brent Hartinger is an American author, playwright, and screenwriter, best known for his novels about gay teenagers. Hartinger lives in Seattle with his husband, novelist and writer Michael Jensen. They had a commitment ceremony on July 22, 1996 and married on December 28, 2012. In 1990, he helped co-found Oasis, one of the nation's first support organization for gay teens, in his hometown of Tacoma, Washington. He is a co-founder of AS IF! Authors Support Intellectual Freedom, a group of Young Adult authors supporting intellectual freedom. He also worked as a counselor at a youth group home.

Hartinger was born in 1972 in Washington State and grew up in Tacoma, Washington. He earned a bachelor's degree from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, and studied for a masters in psychology at Western Washington University.

Hartinger has published nine novels. His first novel was Geography Club, about teenagers who secretly start a gay-straight alliance at their high school. It has been challenged in some American schools, including a school in Hartinger's home town of Tacoma.

Hartinger has published three sequels to the book, with at least one more forthcoming.

A feature film version of Geography Club has been filmed, starring Scott Bakula, Nikki Blonski, Ana Gasteyer, Cameron Deane Stewart, and Justin Deeley. It is set for a 2013 release.


Brent Hartinger is an author, playwright, and screenwriter. Hartinger lives in Seattle with his husband, novelist and writer Michael Jensen.  Their anniversary is on February 5, 1992. They had a commitment ceremony on July 22, 1996 and married on December 28, 2012. In 1990, Brent helped co-found Oasis, one of the nation's first support organization for gay teens, in his hometown of Tacoma, Washington. He is a co-founder of AS IF! Authors Support Intellectual Freedom, a group of Young Adult authors supporting intellectual freedom.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brent_Hartinger
I consider The Geography Club by Brent Hartinger to be ‘must read’ for gay or questioning teens and their parents —and for everyone else as well. The story follow the lives of gay teens, trying to find their place in the world, bonding with unlikely friends, and coming to terms with their sexuality—in some cases, a slow and painful realization. It's beautifully written, and tug at the heartstrings without being overly sentimental. --J.P. Bowie
The first book in Brent Hartinger's YA series, Geography Club, has joined a venerable list: books often banned by libraries. I wish a library would ban my books. You can't buy that kind of publicity. But Brent didn't really need the extra help. His excellent books drew an audience all on their own. His characters are flawed and realistic. They don't always make the best decision or get perfect, fairytale endings, but they grow because of that. Just like real life... --Josh Aterovis
Is it just me, or does some of the finest LGBTQ lit out at the moment seem to be in the YA genre? A group of teens wish to form a Gay-Straight Alliance at their local high school, but don’t wish to be so open about it so they name it the “Geography Club” so nobody else will join because they’ll assume it to be too boring and therefore it won’t draw attention to itself. As Russ says, “who will want to join that?” The wonderful thing about this book is how realistic the teenagers and their actions are, although good kids they sometimes do ‘bad’ things in order to protect themselves. Of course the club won’t remain secret for long, and so far there are two sequels that are just as enjoyable to read. --Sean Kennedy
Michael Jensen is the author of two historical horror novels, Frontiers (2000) and its sequel Firelands (2004), which was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. In 2005 he co-founded and became the editor of AfterElton.com, which covered pop culture for gay and bisexual men. In 2006, the site was sold along with AfterEllen.com to MTV/Viacom in a multimillion dollar deal. AfterElton.com eventually grew to a million unique visitors a month and won two awards for outstanding journalism from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. In 2011, he left AfterElton.com to return to writing horror fiction full time.

He lives in Seattle, WA with his partner, writer Brent Hartinger.

Frontiers (2000) is included in my Best XXI century Gay Novels (2000-2009).

Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
CreateSpace Store: https://www.createspace.com/4910282
Amazon (Paperback): http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500563323/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Amazon (Kindle): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MZG0VHY/?tag=elimyrevandra-20

Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher

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Ian Sommerville & William S. Burroughs

William Burroughs was born on February 5, 1914, in St. Louis, Missouri, the grandson of the inventor of the Burroughs adding machine.

As a boy, Burroughs lived on Pershing Ave. in St. Louis's Central West End. He attended John Burroughs School in St. Louis where his first published essay, "Personal Magnetism," was printed in the John Burroughs Review in 1929. He then attended The Los Alamos Ranch School in New Mexico, which was stressful for him. The school was a boarding school for the wealthy, "where the spindly sons of the rich could be transformed into manly specimens."

Burroughs kept journals documenting an erotic attachment to another boy. According to his own account, he destroyed these later, ashamed of their content. Due to the repressive context where he grew up, and from which he fled, that is, a "family where displays of affection were considered embarrassing," he kept his sexual orientation concealed well into adulthood when, ironically, he became a well known homosexual writer after the publication of 
Naked Lunch in 1959. Some say that he was expelled from Los Alamos after taking chloral hydrate in Santa Fe with a fellow student. Yet, according to his own account, he left voluntarily: "During the Easter vacation of my second year I persuaded my family to let me stay in St. Louis." (Picture: Ian Sommerville * “Dyptych”, 1962 a collage portraying William Burroughs and Brion Gysin)


Peter Orlowsky, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Alan Ansen, Gregory Corso, Paul Bowles e Ian Sommerville
William S. Burroughs was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, painter, and spoken word performer. Ian Sommerville was an electronics technician and computer programmer. He is primarily known through his association with William S. Burroughs's circle of Beat Generation figures, and lived at Paris's so-called "Beat Hotel" by 1960, when they were regulars there, becoming Burroughs's lover and "systems adviser". He died in a single car accident near Bath, England in 1976.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_S_Burroughs
Junky by William S. Burroughs is pretty much the best book ever. The setting, the title, the style of the one and only W.F.B. --Blair Mastbaum
Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
Amazon: Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time

Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher


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Han Ong (born February 5, 1968)

Playwright and novelist Han Ong (born 1968) is both a high-school dropout and one of the youngest recipients of a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant. Born in the Philippines, he moved to the United States at 16. His works, which include the novels Fixer Chao and The Disinherited, address such themes as outsiderness, cultural clash, and class conflict.

"I've written enough now to figure out I have a recurring tendency, which is that a lot of my characters are outsiders," Ong told a reporter after the debut of his second book, "It comes from being an outsider twice over—my queerness and my ethnicity. I think it's a gift, though. In life it may not be a gift, but in art it is."

Han Ong was born on February 5, 1968, to ethnic Chinese parents in Manila, the Philippines. His family immigrated to the United States in 1984, and they settled in Koreatown in Los Angeles. He attended Grant High School, a predominately white school. Ong did not share a close relationship with his four siblings, and he struggled with a sense of alienation in his new homeland as well as with his experience with adolescence. He recalled, “Puberty plus a new country—both are tough enough on their own.” Thus, he found solace in books and television.

A high school drama course sparked his interest in theater. He wrote his first play at age sixteen and was admitted to a young playwrights' lab at the Los Angeles Theater Center. He dropped out of high school at age eighteen because he did not feel that it was beneficial; however, he earned a GED later. Ong worked several odd jobs to support himself as he wrote, such as working in a trophy-manufacturing warehouse, until he was awarded a commission from the Mark Taper Forum and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han_Ong

Further Readings:

Fixer Chao: A Novel by Han Ong
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Picador; First Picador USA Edition edition (April 6, 2002)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0312420536
ISBN-13: 978-0312420536
Amazon: Fixer Chao: A Novel

Han Ong has written a brilliant exploration of race and class, of character and identity, and of the slippery natures of privilege and expertise. William Paulinha, a Filipino street hustler, is in the early days of self-imposed reform when he meets Shem C. A failed writer now ostracized by his wife and New York City's literati, Shem recruits Paulinha to retaliate against the community that has spurned him. Under Shem's guidance, Paulinha becomes Master Chao, a revered practitioner of Feng Shui—the Chinese art of creating a harmonious environment. As this latter-day confidence man cuts a swath through upper-crust society, his biting observations form a comic picaresque of class resentment and revenge.

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Doug Beaumont & Russell Grant

Russell John Dammerall Grant (born 5 February 1951) is a British astrologer and media personality. He has written several books on Astrology, provides syndicated newspaper horoscopes and operates premium rate astrology phone lines. In March 2010, he began offering a "Pet Psychic" service. He is also the author of The Real Counties of Britain. Grant is gay and has been with his partner Doug Beaumont, who is also his manager, since 1974. Grant's original career was as an actor and performed in a variety of productions including Tom Brown's Schooldays with Keith Chegwin who shared a similar career path from acting to television. It is through this work he met Beaumont, who worked as a stagehand in a Blackpool theatre.

Grant first appeared on television talking about astrology in 1979, featured in Yorkshire Television programme Extraordinary presented by Valerie Pitts and Melvin Harris. He was the regular astrologer on Granada Television's Live from Two which ran from 1980–81. He is best known for his appearances on breakfast television joining BBC's Breakfast Time to present the Your Stars section from 1983–86. In 1986 he joined TV-am as resident astrologer appearing on Good Morning Britain and After Nine until 1990. Later from 1992–95 he was a regular expert on This Morning with Richard and Judy offering astrological advice.

Grant has also taken the role of presenter on many shows, including Star Choice, a celebrity quiz show based on the zodiac. In 1991 he co-hosted with Miriam Stoppard episodes of daily show People Today and in 1994 Grant had his own six episode series, Russell Grant's All Star Show.

Following the launch of Channel 5, Russell Grant presented Wideworld, a series in which members of the public were encouraged to make historical records for future generations. He also directed and starred in Russell Grant's Postcards from 1998–2002, which was a collection of over 100 five-minute travelogues produced by his own production company, Russell Grant's World Productions.


Russell Grant is a British astrologer and media personality. He has written several books on Astrology. Grant is gay and has been with his partner Doug Beaumont, who is also his manager, since 1974. Grant's original career was as an actor and performed in a variety of productions including Tom Brown's Schooldays with Keith Chegwin who shared a similar career path from acting to television. It is through this work he met Beaumont, who worked as a stagehand in a Blackpool theatre.

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russell_Grant

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Tom Bianchi, Mark Prunty & Ben

Tom Bianchi (born 1945 in Oak Park, Illinois) is an American writer and photographer who specializes in male nude photography. A lawyer by training, he is currently a vice president of CytoDyn, a biotech firm engaged in HIV therapy development. For many years, he lived (and worked) with his life partner, Mark Prunty (born 1965), a computer graphics designer, in Los Angeles, California. They met in 1991 at a book signing party for Bianchi. Two years earlier, Bianchi had buried the man with whom he'd had a long-term monogamous relationship that predated safe sex. Back in circulation, and HIV-positive himself, he thought, "I'm an outcast and nobody will ever touch me again." But Prunty didn't consider him a leper: "I didn't know anybody who had died of AIDS. Of course, I knew it was a death sentence. But it wasn't an issue and I don't know why." Before they met, Bianchi had been severely depressed. Thinking his time was short, he wanted to do something meaningful for his community. Publication of his first of six books, 1990's "Out of the Studio," a photo study of gay relationships, gave him "renewed energy and purpose." Since 2012 he is living with his current partner, Ben, in Palm Springs.

His nineteen books of photographs, poems, and essays primarily cover the gay male experience.

In 1990, St. Martins Press published Out of the Studio, Bianchi’s book of male nudes, frankly gay and affectionally connected. Thereafter, nineteen of Bianchi’s books have been published, three documentary films about Bianchi’s work have been distributed, and Biachi’s work has been published in more than thirty anthologies on the male nude. His On the Couch series, Deep Sex and Erotic Triggers deal with the expression of conscious sexual energy.


Tom Bianchi is an American writer and photographer who specializes in male nude photography. For many years, he lived (and worked) with his life partner, Mark Prunty, a computer graphics designer, in LA, California. They met in 1991 at a book signing party for Bianchi. Bianchi wanted to do something meaningful for his community: "Out of the Studio," a photo study of gay relationships, gave him "renewed energy and purpose." Since 2012 he is living with his current partner, Ben, in Palm Springs.

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Bianchi & articles.latimes.com/1996-11-05/news/ls-61273_1_future-shock

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Blog Tour: The Next Call by Sue Brown

When I submitted this story I knew I was taking a risk. The Next Call is not your conventional boy meets boy love story. Nothing about it is conventional. I’m just lucky that Dreamspinner are prepared to take chances with me and I appreciate it very much.
Have you ever volunteered for anything? I have for short periods of time for various organisations (a hospice, brownies, church etc), but real life has always overtaken me and I’ve ended up having to give up the volunteer work after a couple of years and deal with life work.
I really admire people who’ve stayed with organisations for years. For some people, the volunteer work becomes their life and their colleagues become part of their family. In The Next Call Mark went from a user of the service to a long-term volunteer, to give back what he had received at a vulnerable time.
I’ve promised myself when life reduces a few stages down from crisis management I shall look for volunteer work again.
On the blog tour I want to highlight the amazing work LGBT helplines and charities do for people who really need them. I’ve focused on the UK because that is where I live. Please take the time to look at their sites.
Brighton and Hove LGBT switchboard is forty years old this year. Their services include a helpline and counselling.

The Next Call by Sue Brown
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (February 4, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: The Next Call

Mark Grayson volunteers for an LGBT helpline, the same one that helped him through his teenage years. One day he takes a call from “Ricky,” a suicidal man being forced into a marriage he doesn't want. For weeks Mark talks to Ricky and provides support, but he’s frustrated by the lack of information Ricky provides and the decisions he’s making. In the meantime, Mark starts a relationship with another volunteer. Then tragedy strikes and Mark takes time away from the helpline, but when he comes back, Ricky is waiting. Mark realizes Ricky is stronger than before and their relationship changes, but Mark isn’t sure what their future holds if their relationship is destined to be at the end of the phone.



AUTHOR BIO: Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn't following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. Sue discovered M/M romance at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favourite television series. The kissing was hot and tender and Sue wanted to write about this men. She may be late to the party, but she's made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.

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