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

Pride Swells the Heart. Just Like Love Does.

I feel pride like I feel new love. It swells my heart. And just as with that unmistakable feeling of new love, when the world seems to stop spinning because nothing else matters, I’ve had only a few moments in my life where pride overtook and transformed me. And I think that’s a good thing: You don’t want to have so much love or so … Continue reading Pride Swells the Heart. Just Like Love Does.

QVotS Interview With Steven Capsuto

My Queer Voices of the South podcast co-host John Marszalek and I interviewed author Steven Capsuto about his fascinating book, Alternate Channels, and that interview is now available for listening on the New Books Network. Alternate Channels explores the fight for lesbian and gay visibility on 20th-century American television, as gay activists faced off with powerful, often vicious “traditional values” crusaders, with TV executives caught in … Continue reading QVotS Interview With Steven Capsuto

70,000+ Words & 15 Confessions

Today I surpassed 70,000 words on my new novel, Motel Confessionals (working title). I mentioned last time that 70,000 is the goal for novels and 100,000 words is the standard cutoff point (my memoir is about 98,000 words). I expect to complete this first draft in the next couple of weeks. It’s not just the word-count that get’s you there. “There” is that point when … Continue reading 70,000+ Words & 15 Confessions

Here Are All of the QVotS Podcast Episodes

In the fall of 2020 my University Press of Mississippi fellow authors Pip Gordon and John Marszalek, and I started “Queer Voices of the South,” a new podcast on the New Books Network to showcase the work of other Southern writers like ourselves – writers who’ve published books in the LGBTQ genre. Here’s a list of the books we’ve covered to date: 2021 Episodes April … Continue reading Here Are All of the QVotS Podcast Episodes

My Interview With Daniel Harrison on the New Books Network

Click to access my interview with Daniel Harrison on the paperback release of his new book LIVE AT JACKSON STATION. A great conversation about a fascinating book that will appeal to music historians, impresarios, fans of Southern literature, and anyone who likes a fast-paced tale about a notorious tragedy at a rambling blues club in small-town South Carolina. Continue reading My Interview With Daniel Harrison on the New Books Network