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Voicing That Inner Scream

Posted on August 14, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Winner, Christopher Hewitt Award for Creative Nonfiction Voicing That Inner Scream: Visibility and AIDS in LGBT Africa by Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko LGBT Africa held two truths: you fuck, you die. Both truths were intimately woven like tapestry spun by a wild heart against an overreaching government bracketed from the world stage, answerable solely to itself, [...]

Chris Hewitt 2014 Winners Announced

Posted on August 7, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Christopher Hewitt Award Winners 2014 When we announced our winners last year for the first annual Christopher Hewitt Award, we wrote that the award was our way of recognizing and encouraging work that “not only builds upon the legacy of thirty years of literature about our community, but also helps to enrich and expand our [...]

Diagnosis, Interrupted

Posted on August 7, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Diagnosis, Interrupted Death came a-knockin’ and suddenly infinity became dizzy The rush of a fever, chills that stretch miles, I felt my courage draining Silenced, was the urge to run, do not betray me, body Time, a merciful mother and a cruel leader She could not save me Wrapped in her warm embrace, a seed [...]

Living on “The Drive”

Posted on July 10, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Essay by Francisco Ibáñez-Carrasco Living on “The Drive” 1986–2009 Living in Canada, being Canadian, for me, is being HIV-positive. I don’t know any other way of life. I was twenty-two when I came and got infected. If you took HIV away from me, I would be an immigrant again or homeless, or worse, hopeless. My [...]

Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful?

Posted on July 2, 2014 by in Positively Literary

[BOOKS] Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful? by Kenneth M. Walsh Magnus Books Reviewed by Chael Needle When I first met my current boyfriend, he had never heard of Everything But the Girl, the British band with Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt, more popular in my day than his. So I had the pleasure of playing the band’s [...]

Sally Field Can Play the Transsexual

Posted on July 1, 2014 by in Positively Literary

[BOOKS] Sally Field Can Play the Transsexual: or I Was Cursed by Polly Holliday by Leslie L. Smith A PressLess Book Reviewed by Sally Hessney In Sally Field Can Play the Transsexual, main character David Mathews’s memories are so ephemeral he deploys a mnemonic device to hold onto them. He plays back memories in his [...]

Dirty Needle

Posted on June 12, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Dirty Needle i had a dirty needle, y’all it was in my head & it was in my heart. i was mainlining that ignorant shit, y’all the kind they sell from the pulpits, you know? the kind they propagate in those best-sellers. so i pulled it out, y’all i pulled it out & i injected [...]


Posted on June 9, 2014 by in Music, Dance & Theater, Positively Literary, The Arts

1Voice/1Play/1Day Project1Voice Honors Women with a Staged Reading of For Colored Girls… by Chael Needle Project1VOICE, a national organization that seeks to strengthen and promote African-American theater arts, is returning once again with its fourth-annual 1VOICE/1PLAY/1DAY, an event when, as its title implies, a diverse array of theaters and institutions will be projecting in one [...]

Boystown 5: Murder Book

Posted on May 20, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Boystown 5: Murder Book Marshall Thorton MLR Press Reviewed by Sally Hessney Boystown 5: Murder Book, the fifth installment in Marshall Thornton’s hardboiled detective series, opens with a bombshell. Private investigator Nick Nowak’s lover, Bert Harker, has been murdered by a serial killer called the Bughouse Slasher. Shattered, Nick has the presence of mind to [...]

Mothers and Sons

Posted on May 5, 2014 by in Music, Dance & Theater, Positively Literary, The Arts

[DRAMA] Mothers and Sons by Terrence McNally Golden Theatre Reviewed by Alina Oswald You read the title. Skim over the brief summary. Think you know what Mothers and Sons, a recent play by four-time Tonywinner Terrence McNally, is all about. And yet, nothing prepares you for what unfolds in front of your eyes, when sitting [...]