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Monday, March 16, 2009

Gunning For the Prize

The Publishing Triangle, an association of gay men and lesbian women in publishing, has announced its finalists for the 21rst annual Triangle awards, and Hayden’s Ferry Review has two past contributors in the running for the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry, which honors the British poet Thom Gunn (1929–2004), who lived in San Francisco for much of his life. Gunn was the author of The Man with Night Sweats (1992) and many other acclaimed volumes. In its first four years, this award was known as the Triangle Award for Gay Poetry, and Mr. Gunn himself won the very first such award, in 2001, for his Boss Cupid.

Finalists for the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry
Jericho Brown, Please, (New Issues)
Mark Doty, Fire to Fire (Harper)
Ely Shipley, Boy with Flowers (Barrow Street Press)
Jericho Brown was featured in Issue #41 with the poem “Track 3: Back Down Memory Lane.” Ely Shipley's poems, "Six" and "Roll of Dimes" from this book appeared in Issue #36. (Ely's book is also a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award!) Congratulations, to both Ely and Jericho! The award winners will be announced on May 7, 2009. To see the finalists in the other categories, check out the Publishing Triangle website here.
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