Last month, an editor of PBS Newshour talked with me about LGBTQ-issues in education in the South. One development from that conversation is an essay I wrote for the show’s “Teacher’s Lounge,” which curates an excellent collection of essays, pertinent to world events and classrooms. Here’s a link to my piece: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/talking-identity-creates-safe-space-lgbtq-students/
Last night, I read from The Queer South as part of the Indian Springs School Visiting Writers Series, along with contributor Eddie Outlaw. We also screened a short film, “A Mississippi Love Story”–the subjects of the film are Eddie and his husband Justin. They are business owners in Jackson, Mississippi, and I am pleased to have Eddie as a contributor to the anthology.
Visit http://isswriters.tumblr.com to find an audio file of my reading, as well as Eddie’s.
You can watch a trailer for and rent “A Mississippi Love Story” here: http://vimeo.com/ondemand/mslovestory
And purchase The Queer South anthology (free shipping with code FALL) here: http://www.siblingrivalrypress.bigcartel.com/product/the-queer-south-lgbt-writers-on-the-american-south-douglas-ray-editor
This week saw the official release of The Queer South: LGBTQ Writers on the American South, a project I’ve been working on for the past two years. The final product has 63 different writers and some incredible nonfiction and poetry in a book with a stunning cover (the handiwork of Hollie Chastain, who also did the cover art for He Will Laugh).
You can order the anthology from Sibling Rivalry Press directly at: http://siblingrivalrypress.bigcartel.com/product/the-queer-south-lgbt-writers-on-the-american-south-douglas-ray-editor
Here are two blurbs about the book:
Think about it: When have you been in the South and not had a queer experience, in any sense of that word? It’s got to be the queerest space on earth. Matter of fact, go ahead and strike Queer from the title of this book. These writers are talking about the The South, period.
This is a piece I wrote for The Advocate about teaching my Queer Literature and Theory course. Glad that it’s in the world.