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‘Portland Queer’ fiction anthology makes Lambda Literary Awards finals

The Ariel Gore edited Portland Queer — Tales of the Rose City has made the cut for the Lambda Literary Awards finalists in the anthologies category. Including contributors such as Dexter Flowers, sts, Kathleen Bryson, Tony LeTigre, Sarah Gottesdiener, Marc Acito, Christa Orth, and Sarah Dougher, this book has been on my to-read list for quite awhile.

At once a love letter to the Rose City and a dream of escape, the first-person narratives of Portland Queer reveal the contradictions and commonalities of life in one of the world’s great queer meccas. A waiter falls in love with a straight guy from the café next door. A young dyke discovers gay karaoke at the Silverado. A pregnant man prepares for new life transitions. An ambitious teenager finds her tribe at St. Mary’s Academy. A closet-case is confronted by his wife. And a video-game addict takes a chance on love.

Winners will be announced at the 22nd Annual Awards, May 27 in New York at the School of Visual Arts Theater, 333 West 23rd Street and by the looks of it, there’s a lot of interesting words to check out.

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