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Bleeder: A Memoir

Bleeder: A Memoir by Shelby Smoak Michigan State University Press Reviewed by Sally Hessney The pacing of Shelby Smoak’s poignant memoir Bleeder is as measured as a heartbeat....

Abstinence Anthem

  Abstinence Anthem Somebody hid a razorblade in the shag carpeting at school. Jake Graham hammered bamboo spears behind blood-orange fingernails, and bound my wrists in velvet ropes. This was nothing...

Fairyland

Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father Alysia Abbott W.W. Norton & Company Reviewed by Sally Hessney Alysia Abbott’s memoir, Fairyland, is a loving tribute to her poet-activist father,...

Cowboy Nocturne

The following short play is a “ghost” story of memory, in which a man recalls his lover, and the music that...

Like Taking Blood from a Baby

Like Taking Blood from a Baby "We’ll have to take blood from a vein in the baby’s head,” Eugene said. He frowned...

Greyhound, 1984

Greyhound, 1984 (for Brian) A couple in the back row is smoking in the dark but Philip doesn’t; cigarettes can’t help anything. He only ever propped...

Trip to Wyuka

  Trip to Wyuka for Paul Brandhorst, 1966–1998 His first night at support group he wore a western hat low over his eyes, a toothpick in the side...

Lawrence Schimel

Kite Tale A New Spanish-Language Book, Volando cometas, Teaches Young Children About HIV by Brent Calderwood In the new Spanish-language picture book Volando cometas (Bellaterra),...

Fire in the Belly

At the recent Lambda Literary Awards, a ceremony that honors LGBT literature each year, a biography of writer and artist David Wojnarowicz was named...

Why We Dance

Why We Dance Because we do the electric slide into the clinic to the tune of crying babies. Because every day we fox trot in and...

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Reality Check: One Individual’s Fight for HIV Justice

Reality Check One Individual's Fight for HIV Justice by Tim Hinkhouse Back in the late eighties, I was living in the San Francisco Bay Area and, at...

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