Lifetime achievement honoree Alan Hollinghurst, both poetry winners, and both fiction winners did not attend the 23rd Publishing Triangle Awards, but luckily all three nonfiction winners (above l to r: Spring, Hammer, Bornstein) made excellent and important remarks when collecting their prizes.
Justin Spring said he and fellow nominees Wendy Moffat and Tripp Evans were motivated by a shared feeling that the "accepted histories of our subjects needed to reviewed or adjusted" and particularly praised the behind-the-scenes work of librarians, archivists, and document dealers. An elated Barbara Hammer gave a joyful tribute to her longtime partner Florrie Burke and read the book's dedication to her and to women artists everywhere. Kate Bornstein, who said "I haven't called herself a woman since 1989," chided Publishing Triangle for the binary of gay and lesbian, excluding trans and more than 50 other kinds of otherness celebrated in an impromptu recital of an alternative alphabet, "S for S&M, F for Feminist..." Leadership Award winner Richard Schneider said the Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide has, since 1994, published more than 982 writers, nearly 25% of whom are from New York. After particularly praising Andrew Holleran and the review's literary editor Martha Stone, he said readers would soon be able to enjoy a digital edition but that the print version would endure for a long time.
In an emailed statement, Hollinghurst said what he finds "most sustaining" in writing is "the depiction of gay life. As a gay man I've been given a huge and fascinating subject." When beginning his own career Hollinghurst said Edmund White's work "gave courage and huge possibility." Of his own work, he said, "The task keeps redefining itself."
The Ferro-Grumley Awards for LGBT Fiction: Michael Sledge, The More I Owe You
The Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction: Katharine Beutner, Alcestis
The Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction: Barbara Hammer, HAMMER!: Making Movies Out of Sex and Life
* R. Tripp Evans, Grant Wood
* Wendy Moffat, A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E. M. Forster
Special Nonfiction Award to: Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman, eds., Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation
The Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry: Jen Currin, The Inquisition Yours
* Elizabeth J. Colen, Money for Sunsets
* Eleanor Lerman, The Sensual World Re-emerges
The Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry: Michael Walsh, The Dirt Riddles
* Paul Legault, The Madeleine Poems
* Eric Leigh, Harm’s Way
Leadership Award: The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide
Lifetime Achievement Award: Alan Hollinghurst