Reason 28 why we still need Pride

On the sidewalk Ever notice LGBTQ couples holding hands in public? Too disturbingly often (like just this morning on 8th Avenue in Manhattan, during Pride Month, no less) I’ve noticed something that sours the sweetness. On the sidewalk two men hold hands. Tentative, self-conscious, and furtive. They look ahead. On guard. Not at each other, like adoring straight couples get to do without thinking. It … Continue reading Reason 28 why we still need Pride

Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Cake

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of my move to New York City, I figured I needed to make a cake. I’ve already done two chocolate cake recipes (here and here) but I am compelled to share a third with you – my Buttermilk Chocolate-Chip Cake – to appropriately mark this milestone in my life. The idea of using buttermilk in a chocolate cake only recently … Continue reading Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Cake

On Sexuality and Fundamentalism. My talk with Sherry Scott

In this episode of Queer Voices of the South I talk with Dr. Sherry Scott about her new book, “Playhouses: Sexuality and Fundamentalism,” released in February by Black Rose Writing. Sherry Scott, MD, is a pediatrician who has practiced palliative/hospice care for children and general medicine. She founded Paris Poet’s Society and published a juried anthology of poetry and photography, “What Brings You Here,” in … Continue reading On Sexuality and Fundamentalism. My talk with Sherry Scott

Living Queer History

In this episode of Queer Voices of the South I talk to Dr. Gregory Samantha Rosenthal about her new book Living Queer History – Remembrance and Belonging in a Southern City, released in December 2021 by the University of North Carolina Press. You can find the episode here. Gregory Samantha Rosenthal, PhD, is Associate Professor of History and Coordinator of the Public History Concentration at … Continue reading Living Queer History

Howard Cruse, LGBTQ Comics Trailblazer

In this episode of QUEER VOICES OF THE SOUTH, I talk with ANDREW J. KUNKA, who is a professor of English and division chair at the University of South Carolina Sumter. He is the author of the book Autobiographical Comics and has also published articles and book chapters on Will Eisner, Kyle Baker, Doug Moench, Jack Katz, and Dell Comics. Dr. Kunka’s new book, The … Continue reading Howard Cruse, LGBTQ Comics Trailblazer

Another Great Year in LGBTQ Books

We had a remarkable year on the Queer Voices of the South podcast. In this episode, John and I discuss the authors we talked to in 2021. You can listen to the episode here. Photo by:  Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash C’est tout! M Morris Ardoin’s book, STONE MOTEL – MEMOIRS of a CAJUN BOY can be purchased through the publisher, on the independent bookseller website Indibound, or on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other … Continue reading Another Great Year in LGBTQ Books

Illustrating 10 LGBTQ+ Trailblazers

In this episode of QUEER VOICES OF THE SOUTH, I talk with SHELBY CRISWELL, whose book QUEER AS ALL GET OUT 10 People Who’ve Inspired Me follows the daily life of one queer artist from Texas as they introduce us to the lives of ten extraordinary people. You can listen to the episode here. The author shares their life as a genderqueer person, living in … Continue reading Illustrating 10 LGBTQ+ Trailblazers

T’ante Versie’s Maque Choux

Thanksgiving week, y’all! I don’t love Thanksgiving turkey so much, but I love the side dishes. This side is my second fave (after Rice Dressing) and I like to use a recipe I developed from a childhood memory of my Aunt Versie’s version. In hers, the corn was more crumbly than other recipes I’ve tried, which end up a bit wet. Aunt Versie’s was crumbly … Continue reading T’ante Versie’s Maque Choux

Chris McLaughlin’s Category 5 Heart

I had a great talk with Chris McLaughlin about her new book, MISSISSIPPI BARKING – Hurricane Katrina and a Life That Went to the Dogs, by the University Press of Mississippi, for the podcast I cohost on the New Books Network. McLaughlin is founder and executive director of the Animal Rescue Front. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Boston with a BA in earth … Continue reading Chris McLaughlin’s Category 5 Heart

The Gay Conspiracy Agenda: My Talk With Alecia P. Long on Her New Book

I spoke with Alecia P. Long on her new book, CRUISING FOR CONSPIRATORS – How A New Orleans DA Prosecuted The Kennedy Assassination As A Sex Crime (University of North Carolina Press, Sept. 2021) for the podcast I cohost, “Queer Voices of the South” on the New Books Network. You can listen to the episode here. About the Book: New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison’s … Continue reading The Gay Conspiracy Agenda: My Talk With Alecia P. Long on Her New Book

My talk with Mary Gauthier!

I had the privilege of talking with TRUE-BADOUR Mary Gauthier (Yep, THAT Mary Gauthier) for the podcast I cohost on the New Books Network about her new book, “Saved by a Song – The Art and Healing Power of Songwriting” (St. Martin’s Publishing, July 2021) Here’s the link to the podcast. About the Book:From the Grammy nominated folk singer and songwriter, an inspiring exploration of … Continue reading My talk with Mary Gauthier!

For the Love of Gratin

A few years ago Aubyn and I, along with Moby, our wonderful (now sadly-departed) pooch, drove from New York City to the coast of South Carolina, to board a ferry to Daufuskie, a sparsely-inhabited island about half-hour by ferry from the mainland. Daufuskie is where Aubyn’s half-sister lived at the time with her husband. The occasion was a Gwinn family reunion of sorts. I say … Continue reading For the Love of Gratin

QVotS: My talk with Gale Massey

I had the pleasure of interviewing Gale Massey about her new book of short stories, “Rising and Other Stories” for Queer Voices of the South, the podcast on which I am a principal host. You can find our talk here on the New Books Network. Here’s the book blurb: In story after story in her diverse new collection, Rising and Other Stories, Gale Massey illustrates the moments … Continue reading QVotS: My talk with Gale Massey