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Positive: A Memoir

Posted on January 19, 2015 by in Positively Literary

Positive: A Memoir by Paige Rawl, with Ali Benjamin HarperCollins Reviewed by Alina Oswald The word might very well be mightier than the sword, and in more than one way. That’s because words, and the actions they imply and/or encourage, have the power to forever change a person’s life…for better or for worse. Usually, people [...]

Passing By

Posted on December 22, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Passing By “It is not just that we are not what we were, rather it is we are not.” —W. Wayne Karr I’m racing up the marble steps at dusk because I’m a few minutes late, meeting Brian for coffee. He is laughing a bit, still shaking his head, astonished, when I bend to kiss [...]

Confessional Poem, Age Seven

Posted on December 9, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Confessional Poem, Age Seven Uncle Dennis is the entire state of Texas, expanse of great prairie and oil-rigged skyscrapers all contained in the rotunda of his five-foot-eight frame. But when my parents bring him home from Houston, it is 1990. My uncle does not wear his Stetson, does not hug me into the cowboy flank [...]

The Jordan Project

Posted on December 4, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Nonfiction by Jess Craig The Jordan Project It is winter but Clarisse’s light-brown skin glistens with sweat as she methodically lays out her pills on burgundy and gold tribal-print bedding. Iron and vitamin C for anemia, Amlodipine for tachycardia, Prednisone and Cetirizine for asthma, Clopidogrel and aspirin to thin the blood, Metformin for diabetes, and [...]

Wet Land

Posted on December 2, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Wet Land by Lucas De Lima Action Books Reviewed by Eric Sneathen Lucas De Lima’s Wet Land pulses with the enviably ludicrous energy and subversive nuttiness of queer underground filmmaking’s golden age. Wet Land is the kind of maximal manifesto worthy of Jack Smith, John Waters or the Kuchar brothers, calling out a generation never [...]

Monkey Orchid

Posted on November 19, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Monkey Orchid                                                                       ◊ Kelly McQuain’s Velvet Rodeo was recently chosen by poet C. Dale Young for BLOOM magazine’s poetry prize. [...]

Nathalia Holt

Posted on October 24, 2014 by in Features, Positively Literary

Finding Cures An interview with Nathalia Holt, PhD, author of Cured: How the Berlin Patients Defeated HIV and Forever Changed Medical Science by Alina Oswald Just shy of a decade ago, the world woke up to the exciting news of the first person being cured of AIDS. His name is Timothy Ray Brown, and he’s [...]

It’s Like DNA

Posted on October 10, 2014 by in Positively Literary

[POETRY] It’s Like DNA

Male Sex Work and Society

Posted on September 30, 2014 by in Positively Literary

[BOOKS] Male Sex Work and Society Edited by Victor Minichiello and John Scott Harrington Park Press This book is a wide-ranging, scholarly consideration of male sex work. The volume editors and their contributors have set themselves a difficult task indeed: Male sex work does not have that much of a written record, never having excited [...]

Chip Livingston

Posted on August 25, 2014 by in Features, Positively Literary

Healing Words Writer Chip Livingston talks to A&U’s Chael Needle About Stories of Survival Photographed Exclusively for A&U by Gabriel Padilha In “Fire and Rain,” the opening story in Chip Livingston’s recent collection of short fiction and essays, Naming Ceremony (Lethe Press), three road-tripping wanderers make it through the fire that has driven them from [...]