The Bi Writers Association announces that the date of its Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony and its annual reading, Bi Lines VII: A Multi-Arts Celebration of Bisexual Writing, will be held on Sunday June 1st, 2014.
Nominations for book awards are open until Jan 3. We expect to have eight awards, including six book categories:
Bi Writers Association Bisexual Book Awards/Books of 2013
New York NY: The Bi Writers Association (BWA) is celebrating National Coming Out Day by announcing that nominations are now open for its second annual Bisexual Book Awards. Any 2013 book with a bisexual character, bisexual storyline, bisexual subject matter or bisexual theme, is eligible for nomination. Awards are open to all authors regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Books can be nominated by the author, publisher, or the Bi Writers Association, however, anyone may contact BWA and suggest a book for nomination. There are nine categories total, seven of which have open nominations. There is no fee to nominate a book.
A panel of judges will decide each category. Books are judged on three main criteria: quality of overall writing; quality of writing about bisexual characters, bisexual themes or bisexual material; quantity of bisexual material. Finalists will be announced by May 1st, and winners will be announced at the Bisexual Book Awards in June of 2014. The Awards date is TBA. The Bisexual Book Awards will be preceded by BWA's annual multi-arts reading, Bi Lines VII, which will feature bi book authors of 2013.
“Bisexual books have few opportunities for recognition, even at LGBT book awards,” says Bi Writers Association founder Sheela Lambert. “Last year there was only one bisexual category at one LGBT book awards. Bisexual books deserve more attention than that, so we created our awards in order to shine a spotlight on them. In addition to recognizing books and authors for their achievements, the Bisexual Book Awards process creates a complete annual list of bisexual books for readers, and encourages more bisexual books to be written and published,” says Ms. Lambert.
This is the first open nominations for the Bisexual Book Awards. The awards for 2012 books were organized in a shorter period of time, so nominations were all made by the Bi Writers Association.
To nominate a book, first read the Bisexual Book Awards Guidelines, then send an email to the Bi Writers Association at fuscialadybug (at) netzero (dot) com with: name of book, author name, publisher, year of publication and whether it is fiction or non-fiction; then request a nomination form.
Bi Writers Association Bisexual Book Awards/Books of 2013
Who can nominate books? Books can be nominated by the author, publisher or the Bi Writers Association (BWA). However, anyone may suggest a book for nomination.
What books can be nominated?
Any book with a bisexual character, bisexual storyline, bisexual subject matter or bisexual themes.
Awards are open to all authors regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity (except for the Bi Writer Award.)
Books should be first published in 2013.
Books should be published in English.
Books must be published in print--not only E-book format.
When can books be nominated? Nominations are open now and will close on Jan 3rd.
Judging A panel of judges will decide each category. Books are judged on three main criteria: 1. Quality of overall writing 2. Quality of writing about bisexual characters, bisexual themes or bisexual material 3. Quantity of bisexual material
Finalists Finalists will be chosen in each category by the judges. The number of finalists in a category can vary depending on the number of books nominated to that category and the number of books that the judges find deserving. Finalists will be announced by May 1st.
Winners Winners are chosen by judges and will be announced at the Bisexual Book Awards in 2014. Tentative date is June 1st but will be confirmed soon.
How to nominate? Contact the Bi Writers Association at: fuscialadybug (at) netzero (dot) com with name of book, author name, publisher, year of publication and whether it is fiction or non-fiction; then request a nomination form. Fill out and return via email, attaching one Ebook copy of the book for the judges. Then send one copy of the physical book to the Bi Writers Association (address provided on the nomination form.) Email fuscialadybug (at) netzero (dot) com or call BWA at 212-928-3558 if you have any questions about nominating your book.
What are the fees? There is no fee to nominate a book.
What are the categories? The main two categories are Bisexual Fiction and Bisexual Non-Fiction. Additional categories (below) will be used, created or unused, depending on the number of books in each category. There must be at least three books in a category for that category to be used. Books should first be nominated to Bisexual Fiction or Bisexual Non-Fiction, then to any other categories below that seem appropriate. (BWA reserves the right to remove a book from a category it doesn’t fit.)
Additional Categories: Nominations for these categories are handled a bit differently, see below:
8. Bi Book Publisher of the Year Awarded to the press who publishes the most bisexual books in 2013. *Publishers should notify BWA of all the bi-themed books in their catalogue for 2013 so we can make an accurate tally for the Bi Book Publisher of the Year Award.
9. Bi Writer Award Awarded to an openly bi/bisexual/pansexual/fluid author of a bisexual book or openly bi/bisexual/pansexual/fluid editor of a bisexual anthology. *Only the BWA and judges nominate authors to this category, after reading the books. Winner is chosen with input of judges from all categories.
Press Contact: Sheela Lambert info at biwriters dot com
BISEXUAL BOOK AWARDS ANNOUNCES WINNERS
The first, groundbreaking Bisexual Book Awards, organized by the Bi Writers Association, took place on Sunday June 2nd at Nuyorican Poets Café. The awards ceremony was preceded by a multi-arts program, with readings from eight of the nominated books including, Annette Lapointe/Whitetail Shooting Gallery; Basil Papademos/Mount Royal; Donnelle McGee/Shine; Ellen Kushner/Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction; Erynn Rowan Laurie/ Fireflies at Absolute Zero; Janet Hardy (The Ethical Slut)/Girlfag; Kelli Dunham/My Awesome Place: The Autobiography of Cheryl B.; Vincent Meiss/Tio Jorge; plus live music by bisexual singer-songwriters Rorie Kelly and Ben Silver, and an art photo slideshow presentation of tattoos and extreme piercings by bisexual photographer Efrain John Gonzalez, from his book, Ink and Steel.
Following the multi-arts program was an awards ceremony announcing the winners of seven categories: Bisexual Fiction, Bisexual Non-fiction, Bisexual Erotic Fiction/Erotica, Bisexual Speculative Fiction [Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror], Bisexual Poetry, the Bi Book Publisher of the Year and the Bi Writer Award. Winners were thrilled to be recognized for their efforts.
"There are so few opportunities for bi-themed books to be recognized and rewarded. The Bi Writers Association decided that, since other book awards have not been stepping up, we needed to provide more of those opportunities ourselves, in order to encourage publication of bisexual books," says Bi Writers Association founder Sheela Lambert.
This year, Lambda Literary Awards had only one category for bisexual books, Publishing Triangle had none and neither did any other book awards, LGBT or otherwise. The Bisexual Book Awards, by contrast, offered seven categories: five bisexual book categories, open to authors of any orientation; one category for publishers; and one for the best bi writer of the year from any genre.
Books were judged on three main aspects and ideally, winning books are expected to excel at all three: 1. Quality of overall writing 2. Quality of writing about bisexual characters, bisexual themes or bisexual material 3. Quantity of bisexual material
Bisexual Book Awardswinners:
Bisexual Non-Fiction My Awesome Place: The Autobiography of Cheryl B, Cheryl Burke, Topside Signature
Awards will be given in seven categories. Finalists are announced today for all categories except Bisexual Book Publisher of the Year, which will be kept secret until the awards ceremony. The awards are open to people of all orientations, except the Bi Writer Award, which goes to the best bi author of the year, from all the categories combined.
Books were nominated by the Bi Writers Association and allowed to be nominated to any category they fit. No limits were set on number of finalists, but were narrowed down to the best in each category by the judges. Bisexual Fiction had the most nominees, and therefore, the most finalists. The judges are a combination of award-winning writers, respected bi writers and passionate bi book readers.
Bisexual Book Awards Finalists List:
Bisexual Fiction 1. Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction, Edited by Brit Mandelo, Lethe Press 2. History of a Pleasure Seeker, Richard Mason, Random House / Knopf 3. In One Person, John Irving, Simon & Schuster 4. The Last Nude, Ellis Avery, Riverhead Books 5. Mount Royal, There’s nothing harder than love, Basil Papademos, Tightrope Books 6. Silver Moon, Catherine Lundoff, Lethe Press 7. Whitetail Shooting Gallery, Annette Lapointe, Anvil Press Publishers
Bisexual Poetry 1. Fireflies at Absolute Zero, Erynn Rowan Laurie, Hiraeth Press 2. Love Without Limits: The Bi-Laws of Love, Yazmin Monet Watkins, Red Journal Publications 3. Shine, Donnelle McGee, Sibling Rivalry Press
Bisexual Erotic Fiction/Erotica 1. Mount Royal, There’s nothing harder than love, Basil Papademos, 2. The Poet and the Prophecy: Magic University Book Four, Cecilia Tan, Ravenous Romance 3. Times Square Queer: Tales of Bad Boys in the Big Apple, Mykola Dementiuk, Renaissance eBooks
Bi Writer Award 1. Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction, Brit Mandelo, Lethe Press 2. Fireflies at Absolute Zero, Erynn Rowan Laurie, Hiraeth Press 3. Girlfag: A Life Told In Sex and Musicals, Janet W. Hardy, Beyond Binary Books 4. My Awesome Place: The Autobiography of Cheryl B, Cheryl Burke, Topside Signature 5. Mount Royal, There’s nothing harder than love, Basil Papademos, Tightrope Books Inc. 6. The Poet and the Prophecy: Magic University Book Four, Cecilia Tan, Ravenous Romance 7. Silver Moon, Catherine Lundoff, Lethe Press 8. Times Square Queer: Tales of Bad Boys in the Big Apple, Mykola Dementiuk, Renaissance eBooks 9. Whitetail Shooting Gallery, Annette Lapointe, Anvil Press Publishers
Bi Book Publisher of the Year -Winner will be announced at the Bisexual Book Awards, June 2nd in New York City.
Bi Lines VI: A Multi-Arts Celebration of Bisexual Writing & Bisexual Book Awards
Sun June 2, 2013 6:30 Book Signings 7pm Bi Lines Program & Awards 9:30 Book Signings 10pm After Party
Bisexual book authors of 2012 read from their works. Inaugural Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony: Winners are announced! Plus live music, tattoo photography & after-party!
Host: Sheela Lambert, Founder Bi Writers Association Author Readings: Annette Lapointe, Whitetail Shooting Gallery Basil Papademos, Mount Royal Donnelle McGee, Shine Ellen Kushner,Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction Erynn Rowan Laurie, Fireflies at Absolute Zero James Earl Hardy (B Boy Blues Series), Can You Feel What I'm Saying? Janet Hardy (The Ethical Slut), Girlfag Kelli Dunham, My Awesome Place: The Autobiography of Cheryl B Vincent Meis, Tio Jorge Art:Efrain Gonzalez, Ink & Steel: slideshow of his tattoo & piercing photography Musicians: Rorie Kelly, Ben Silver
The Bi Writers Association announces its inaugural Bisexual Book Awards, to be held June 2nd. The first bisexual book awards held anywhere, ever! BWA programs Bi Lines VI: A Multi-Arts Celebration of Bisexual Writing and the Bisexual Book Awards will be converging on the same night: they complement each other beautifully because awards shows traditionally feature arts entertainment.
Our inaugural awards will have seven categories: Bisexual Fiction, Bisexual Non-fiction, Bisexual Erotic Fiction/Erotica, Bisexual Speculative Fiction [Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror], Bisexual Poetry, Bi Book Publisher Award and the Bi Writer Award. Most of the categories were dictated by the types of bi-themed books published this year and what genres they fit into. We also wanted to honor one superlative bi/bisexual/pansexual/fluid author with the Bi Writer Award, which is for best bi author of the year, regardless of genre. Bi Book Publisher of the Year will go to the publisher who has published the most bi-themed books.
"Getting a bi-themed book published is often difficult. Bisexual books and authors dont have the same opportunities for recognition that other books do. The main LGBT book awards only has one category for bisexual books and others have none. The Bi Writers Association decided that we need to do more to promote publication of bisexual books, and to recognize and celebrate the bi-themed books that do get published, their authors and their publishers. Creating our own Bisexual Book Awards, where we could have more categories to recognize the achievements of bi book authors, seemed like the best way to do that. We're very excited about our very first awards season!" says Bi Writers Association founder Sheela Lambert.
Indie rocker Rorie Kelly and folk musician Ben Silver will be livening up the program at Bi Lines with their musical riffs. Both are returning favorites to the Bi Lines program.
Bi Lines VI: A Multi-Arts Celebration of Bisexual Writing Readings! Music! Art!
Sun June 2, 2013 6:30pm Book Signings 7-9:30pm Bi Lines Program 9:30 Book Signings 10pm After-Party
Bisexual book authors of 2012 read from their works. Plus live music, tattoo photography & after-party!
Host: Sheela Lambert, Founder Bi Writers Association Author Readings: Annette Lapointe, Whitetail Shooting Gallery Donnelle McGee, Shine Ellen Kushner, Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction James Earl Hardy (B Boy Blues Series), Can You Feel What I'm Saying? Janet Hardy (The Ethical Slut), Girlfag Kelli Dunham, My Awesome Place: The Autobiography of Cheryl B Vincent Meis, Tio Jorge Art:Efrain Gonzalez, Ink & Steel: slideshow of his tattoo & piercing photography Musicians: Rorie Kelly, Ben Silver
Bi Lines VI: A Multi-Arts Celebration of Bisexual Writing,hosted by the Bi Writers Association, is coming on Sunday June 2nd! Our location is Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the same wonderful venue we had last year. Founded in 1973, Nuyorican's purpose has always been to provide a stage for the artists traditionally under-represented in the mainstream media and culture. They have a bar, so you will not have to go thirsty during the program. (FYI: they do not serve food.)
Location: Nuyorican Poets Cafe Address: 236 East 3rd Street between Avenue B and Avenue C. Zip code 10009. Website http://www.nuyorican.org/
Tickets: $10 available on Nuyorican's website soon or you can buy them at the door.
Schedule: Doors open at 6:30 for book signings. Program 7-9:30pm. More book signings until 10pm. After party: stay and drink until the bartender goes home! Maybe we can order pizza.
Artists confirmed for the program so far:
Annette Lapointe, Whitetail Shooting Gallery
Donnelle McGee, Shine
Ellen Kushner, Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction
James Earl Hardy (B Boy Blues Series), Can You Feel What I'm Saying?
Janet Hardy (The Ethical Slut), Girlfag
Kelli Dunham, My Awesome Place: The Autobiography of Cheryl B.
Vincent Meiss, Tio Jorge
Art: Ink & Steel:slideshow presentation of Efrain Gonzalez' photography book of tattoos & piercings
Music: Musical Performances: TBA
We hope you can join us for the most amazing bisexual arts event of the year!
Sun June 3, 2012 6pm Book & CD Signings6:30-8:30pm Program
Celebrated 2011 bisexual book authors, finalists & nominees for the bisexual Lambda Literary Awards, read from their works.
Plus live music, live theater, graphic art & soul food after-party!
Hosted by Bi Writers Association, co-sponsored by Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Tickets $8 Purchase advance tickets at http://www.nuyorican.org/ or pay at door.
Schedule: 6pm Book signings 6:30-8:30 Program 8:30-9pm Book signings 9-11 Soul Food After Party nearby
Readings: The Correspondence Artist, Barbara Browning -Lammy Award finalist Sovereign Erotics, Qwo-Li Driskill -Lammy Award finalist The Horizontal Poet, Jan Steckel-Lammy Award finalist Triptych, J.M. Frey -Lammy Award finalist Surviving Steven: A True Story, Ven Rey -Lammy Award finalist a + e 4ever: A Graphic Novel, Ilike Merey Bisexuality and Queer Theory: Intersections, Connections and Challenges, Serena Anderlini-D’Onofrio -Lammy Award finalist Straight Jock Pussy, Christopher Trevor The Last Nude, Ellis Avery
By Sheela Lambert, Founder, Bi Writers Association
Boyfriends with Girlfriends is a teen/young adult novel about four suburban teens, two bisexual and two gay, two boys and two girls, two pairs of best friends, who are in different stages of dealing with their orientation when they meet, but grow in the process of getting to know each other. Full article here
Ava feels torn between several worlds: she’s a black-wearing, ironic, school-hating lesbian for her girlfriend Chloe; she’s pink-wearing, boy-crazy, ambitious and studious for her “pastel” friends at her new transfer high school; she’s a sarcastic sci-fi nerd for her stage crew buddies; and a black-wearing intellectual for her parents, who seem to have more in common with Chloe than with her. Like most teens, she wants to fit in, but since the different groups she belongs to have opposite expectations, she winds up walking a precarious tightrope of conflicting roles, impeding her ability to know and understand herself. Her juggling act cant last forever and is in danger of coming down like a house of cards, as her worlds get closer and closer to a collision course.
Sheela Lambert: What inspired you to address the topic of bisexuality in your novel, Pink? And what made you want to address it in a YA (young adult) book?
Lili Wilkinson: It started with a speech that writer/publisher David Levithan gave at a conference in Melbourne, Australia. He talked about the importance of making sure every teenager could find a book in their school or public library that reflected who they were. David talked about growing up as a gay teenager, and not seeing himself in any of the books he read. I thought about all of the books out there now about gay teenagers (still not enough, in my opinion), and realized that most of them were about coming out, and that there were very few books about bisexual teens. I wanted to write a book for the teenagers who weren't sure which box they fit into.
Cecilia Tan: author Black Feathers, founder of Circlet PressContrib to Bisexual Nonfiction nominee book The Mammoth Book of Threesomes and Moresomes Daniel Allen Cox - Krakow MeltBisexual Fiction finalist! Ann Herendeen - Pride/PrejudiceBisexual Fiction finalist! Michael Gregg Michaud - Sal MineoBisexual Nonfiction finalist! Malena Watrous - If You Follow MeBisexual Fiction finalist! Georgeann Packard - Fall Asleep ForgettingBisexual Fiction finalist! Ann Tweedy-Beleaguered OasisBisexual Fiction nominee Nora Olsen - The End: Five Queer Kids Save The World Musicians: Robin Renee, Rorie Kelly & Ben Silver Comedy & song: Donna Redd Theater: Excerpt fromLost and Found by Marsha Sheiness After party at Village Den, around the corner from LGBT Center This project is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Dept of Cultural Affairs and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
[Date below tentative pending Nov 1, 2010 announcement of Lammy Awards date, since Bi Lines piggybacks on the Lammys and falls on the night after] Friday May 27, 2011 Program Doors open for book signings
4) On Examiner.com site type “Sheela Lambert” into search box I'm still blogging about everything bisexual, but I'm doing it on Examiner.com to reach a wider audience. You can subscribe to email alerts (at the top of my Examiner column) to be notified whenever I post something new.
3) On Examiner.com site type “Sheela Lambert” into search box
I'm still blogging about everything bisexual, but I'm doing it on Examiner.com to reach a wider audience. You can subscribe to email alerts (at the top of my Examiner column) to be notified whenever I post something new.
I know that I am not alone in saying that you have the total support of the bisexual community in the face of this attack.
I am heartened to see that Heidi Cranford Williams mentioned bisexuals, as part of the LGBTQ community, in her press response to the hate crime vandalism. However, mentioning bisexuals in fine print on your website or as an afterthought to a significant campaign for visibility does not really include us.
When I look at the MGLCC billboard campaign, I feel a strong sense of bisexual erasure. May I ask, why were bisexuals left off the billboards? Why was there no inclusion of the word "bisexual"?
When your campaign says that ministers accept lesbian, gay, and transgender people, but makes no mention of bisexuals, you make it seem as though no ministers in your area accept bisexual men and women at their churches. When your billboards say that lesbian, gay, and transgender people have straight supporters, your omission of bisexuals makes it seem as though bisexuals have no supporters at all--not straights, gays, lesbians, or transgender people.
Inclusion matters. Bisexual people look and listen for the "B" word. It helps us to know that we have allies in gay, lesbian, transgender, and straight communities. As a matter of fact, this May the Bi Writers Association, headed by Sheela Lambert, held a summit in NYC entitled "Putting the 'B' in the LGBT" attended by national LGBT rights organizations and the press.
Furthermore, at least according to your website, it seems as though you have no bisexual-specific programming at your organization. It may be of interest to know that at the Bisexual Health Summit, held on the first day of the LGBTI Health Summit in August here in Chicago, the research consistently showed that bisexuals were at the greatest health risks of lesbians, gay men, and straight people across most of the major health indicators; that health and social service organizations need to develop bi-specific programming to address our underserved health needs.
Just on the issue of suicide alone, lesbians and gay men were found to consider suicide 4 times higher than straight women/men; bisexual men were found to consider suicide 7 times higher than straight men and bisexual women 6 times higher than straight women.
For some bisexuals, the visible and vocal inclusion of us in your programming and publicity campaigns may be the difference between life and death.
We are part of the larger LGBTQ community; we are your lovers, your friends, your fellow activists, your neighbors, and your natural allies. We have been there from the beginning of the struggle for liberation.
We too, have served our country. As a matter of fact, one of the biggest moments in American bisexual history was when, in 1989, openly bisexual veteran Cliff Arnesen testified before Congress about lesbian, gay, and bisexual veteran's issues. At that time, transgender people who have served our country were not very visible. Also, the lesbian and gay veterans with Cliff tried to pressure him into identifying as gay, instead of bisexual, because they thought his identification would hurt their cause. Cliff Arnesen refused and became the first non-heterosexual veteran to testify on Capital Hill about LGB veterans' issues and veterans' issues in general. Cliff Arnesen had been dishonorably discharged because of his bisexual orientation.
I wish none of my message to be misconstrued as some sign of a lack of support for lesbians, gay men, or transgender people or an attack on the Memphis LGBTQ community in particular. Across the nation, the LGBTQ community has our unqualified support. We are all in this together. But we also need to know that we are supported; that we can be ourselves, just the way we are, among you. One of the clearest ways that our allies can show their support for us is to say our name. Bi all means, say our name.
Max the Communist
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Sheela Lambert, Bi Writers Association founder, Bisexual Examiner.com columnist, free-lance writer published by Advocate.com, Curve, AfterEllen, Bi Magazine, Huffington Post, etc & editor of the forthcoming anthology, Best Bi Short Stories.
Geoff Kagan Trenchard, poet, has performed on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and toured internationally as a member of performance poetry troupe The Suicide Kings with their hip-hop theater piece “In Spite of Everything.”
Ann Herendeen, author of bisexual novels Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander and the forthcoming Pride/Prejudice.
Dr. Herukhuti, author of Conjuring Black Funk: Notes on Culture, Sexuality and Sprituality.
LGBT Bohemian Night hosts a monthly event filled with poetry, songs, music and visual arts. Generally, artists are scheduled to perform, but there is an Open Mic in case anyone from the audience wants to participate. Performers can speak either English, Spanish or be bilingual.
LGBT Bohemian Night is the last Wednesday of every month (except July, Aug & Dec)
/ $5 donation Location: No Parking 4168 Broadway @ 177st St. Directions: A Train to 175th St. or #1 to 181 St
The Bi Writers Association announces its endorsement of the National Equality March to be held in Washington DC on the weekend of National Coming Out Day, Oct 10-11.
The National Equality March used bisexual and transgender inclusive language on its website and in speeches promoting the march from the beginning and did not have to be encouraged to do so. So far, they have been more progressive and inclusive of the bi & trans communities than any other national march to date. We encourage our members, the bi community and our allys to attend.
We also encourage our members, the bi community and our allys to renew their efforts to support the fight for equality in Maine, Washinton State, California, Iowa, New York and everywhere else in the country that needs help fighting against anti-LGBT ballot initiatives, bills designed to take away our rights, anti-LGBT rights candidates or fighting for pro-LGBT rights candidates, bills and issues. Our rights and our lives depend on it.