Photos from the Seventh Annual Bisexual Book Awards & Reading

Click any photo to enlarge and see the caption. Once enlarged, click side arrows to move forward or back. Click lower right arrow to start a slideshow.

 

*Photo credits go to Efrain John Gonzalez unless otherwise noted.

We are still searching for shots of Duy Doan (Asian-American poet) receiving his award for Bi Writer of the Year (3-way-tie) and J.R. Mabry (older guy going grey) receiving his awards for Speculative Fiction and Bi Writer of the Year (3-way-tie.) Even a shot where they are holding the award statuette or if it is next to them would work. If you have such shots, please let us know! 

Finalist Quotes

Finalist Quotes are anonymous quotes from our judges that finalist authors can choose to use for publicity, if they wish. Quotes were chosen from judges' mini-reviews and discussions about finalist books, during the reading and deliberations period. Click Finalist Quotes to see them on our new page.

Winners Press Release: BBA7             

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact:

Sheela Lambert

Director, Bisexual Book Awards & Bi Writers Association

Website: www.biwriters.org

FB: https://www.facebook.com/biwriters

Twitter: @BiBookAwards

Email: biwritersassoc (at) gmail (dot) com

 

June 26, 2019

 

Bisexual Book Awards Announces Winners

 

New York NY: The Bi Writers Association (BWA) announces today the winners of our Seventh Annual Bisexual Book Awards (BBA7), for books of 2018. We had a total of 11 categories this year: nine book categories including Non-fiction, Memoir/Biography, Fiction, Romance, Erotic Fiction, Speculative Fiction [Sci-fi / Bi-fi / Fantasy / Paranormal / Horror / Etc.], Teen/Young Adult, Mystery, Poetry, plus two special categories: Publisher of the Year and Bi Writer of the Year.

 

Due to the influx of poets submitting their work: we declared this the “Year of the Poet” and invited all six poetry finalists to read on our program. The Poetry category was the most diverse of the year: in addition to their bi-related poetry, many poets wrote about their dual cultures, incorporating native languages.

 

Ninety books were submitted, resulting in 49 finalists and 14 winners: giving more opportunities for bi+ books and their authors to be recognized for their achievements than any other book awards in the world. The Bi Writers Association has been working since 2006 to create a place in the world for bisexual books. Our Bisexual Book Awards is a place where bi book writers and publishers can have confidence they will be appreciated and not just fall through the cracks. Bisexual books are often forced to compete in categories that don’t really fit their content. “We want bi-themed books, and novels with bisexual, pansexual and fluid characters, to succeed”, says Sheela Lambert, Director of the Bisexual Book Awards and the Bi Writers Association. “By providing our own awards with multiple bisexual book categories, we can ensure that bi+ books can compete on a level playing field and be rewarded not only for their excellent writing skills, but the quality of their bisexual subject matter. Readers should learn something about bisexuality and bi+ people through fictional characters or factual subject matter”, says Lambert.

 

Prior to the awards ceremony, nine finalist authors gave readings that received enthusiastic applause from the audience, proving why the judges held them in such high regard. In addition, singer-songwriter Maris gave a moving and passionate performance of four songs she had written: two with bisexual lyrics. Plus photographer Efrain John Gonzalez, who has been documenting the bi community for decades, shared a Bi History Photo Show, which became interactive, with audience members shouting out names of bi+ people they recognized. The Publisher of the Year Award went to Less Than Three Press: the largest purveyor of quality bisexual fiction in the world. Our Bi Writer of the Year was a surprise three-way tie between Elaine Castillo for America Is Not the Heart  (Fiction); Duy Doan for We Play a Game (Poetry); and J.R. Mabry for The Worship of Mystery (Speculative Fiction.)

Each one of our book categories had a panel of judges who thoughtfully read, critiqued and discussed every book, evaluating how well an author addressed bisexual themes, as well as their general writing skills, before voting to determine finalists and winners. The special categories are chosen by the director, in consultation with the judges. The winners were announced Sat. June 1st at our Seventh Annual Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony, following our annual reading featuring finalists and winners of the awards, held at Westbeth Community Room, part of an artists community in the West Village of New York City.  

 

We congratulate all of our winners and hope this award inspires them to keep writing books with bi+ characters and themes, and wish them continued success in their writing careers. Photos of our annual reading and awards ceremony will be uploaded to our website soon.

 

Click here for full list of winners & finalists for books published in 2018. Scroll down for info on all our performers.

 

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Get to know our performers for   June 1st Multi~Arts Reading &            Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony

{Performers are listed alpha-betically by last name.}

 

Duy Doan’s striking debut We Play a Game reveals the wide resonance of the collection’s unassuming title, in poems that explore—now with abundant humor, now with a deeply felt reserve—the ambiguities and tensions that mark our effort to know our histories, our loved ones, and ourselves. These are poems that draw from Doan’s experience as a Vietnamese-American while at the same time making a case for—and masterfully playing with—the fluidity of identity, history, and language. Nothing is alien to these poems: the Saigon of a mother’s dirge, the footballer Zinedine Zidane, an owl that “talks to his other self in the well”—all have a place in Doan’s far-reaching and intimately human art.

 

Duy Doan is a Kundiman Fellow whose poetry has appeared in Poetry, Slate, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. He received an MFA in Poetry from Boston University. 

Efrain John Gonzalez is a photographic artist whose talents with camera and darkroom has allowed him to document the unusual, the erotic, the unique, the wild and slightly crazy, from the world of body modifications to the underground universe of radical S&M, from sensual beauty of the flesh, to raw sexual desires. An internationally published photographer who for the past 35 years has been traveling down dark and mysterious paths, trying to capture on film, real life images that illustrates a story of people finding the path to their souls, gathering together to celebrate their uncommon lives. His patience has created a rare historical archive of original work, candid photographs of underground clubs, transgender people, tattoo and body modification events, cities at night, and leather cultures.

God Was Right by Diana Hamilton collects poems that take the form of arguments, essays, and letters. The title poem argues that God was right to make us love cats (and then watch them die); another categorizes the way women like to be kissed; one proposes a sex ed that takes into account persuasion and pleasure; another argues men should write bad poetry; a letter tries to make friendship about love; a five-paragraph essay tries to disarm heartbreak via analysis; etc. These poems/essays are hyperbolic attempts to write something adequate to a feeling.

 

Diana Hamilton is the author of three books—God Was Right (Ugly Duckling Presse), The Awful Truth (Golias Books), and Okay, Okay (Truck Books)—and four chapbooks. She writes poetry, fiction, and criticism about style, crying, shit, kisses, dreams, fainting, writing, and re-reading.

Black Queer Hoe by Brittney Black Rose Kapri is a refreshing, unapologetic intervention into ongoing conversations about the line between sexual freedom and sexual exploitation. Women’s sexuality is often used as a weapon against them. In this powerful debut, Britteney Black Rose Kapri lends her unmistakable voice to fraught questions of identity, sexuality, reclamation, and power, in a world that refuses Black Queer women permission to define their own lives and boundaries.

 

Britteney Black Rose Kapri is a Chicago performance poet and playwright. Currently she is an alumna turned Teaching Artist Fellow at Young Chicago Authors. Her work has been featured in Poetry Magazine, Button Poetry, Seven Scribes, and anthologized in The BreakBeat Poets and The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic. 

Who is Vera Kelly by Rosalie Knecht. New York City, 1962. Vera Kelly is struggling to make rent and blend into the underground gay scene in Greenwich Village. She's working night shifts at a radio station when her quick wits, sharp tongue, and technical skills get her noticed by a recruiter for the CIA. Next thing she knows she's in Argentina, tasked with wiretapping a congressman and infiltrating a group of student activists in Buenos Aires. As Vera becomes more and more enmeshed with the young radicals, the fragile local government begins to split at the seams. When a betrayal leaves her stranded in the wake of a coup, Vera learns the Cold War makes for strange and unexpected bedfellows, and she's forced to take extreme measures to save herself. An exhilarating page-turner and perceptive coming-of-age story, Who Is Vera Kelly? introduces an original, wry, and whip-smart female spy for the twenty-first century.

 

Names of bisexual/bi+ characters or characters in the bisexual ballpark: Vera Kelly

 

Rosalie Knecht is a writer, social worker, and translator in New York City. She has been a Center for Fiction Emerging Writer Fellow and a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Argentina. Her work includes Who Is Vera Kelly?, Relief Map, and a translation of Aira's The Seamstress and the Wind.

Maris is a singer/songwriter from Montana (now a Brooklynite) who understands and sees the world through music. The songs she writes and performs are accompanied by a cinematic vision in her head. Her style is beginning to lean more rock-pop, she sings from the heart of a storyteller and poet, with a timeless tone and presence...

In The Worship of Mystery by J.R. Mabry,
Chaplaincy instructor Jun Battacharya’s final tour of duty sends him to a desolate planet where a mining accident forces him to launch his students into their work without any training. An invitation arrives from an alien priest native to the planet, inviting Jun and his student to their most sacred ritual. Unable to decline, they attend the ritual—which shatters their lives, each in very different ways. Jun struggles to keep his students safe, even as their lives descend into chaos, leading each of them to an encounter with Mystery that will heal them or kill them…or others. 

 

Names of bisexual/bi+ characters, or characters in the bisexual ballpark: Jun Battacharya, the main character, is an openly bisexual East Indian man grieving the death of a boyfriend, even as he begins to fall in love with Belle, the colony’s therapist. After a dramatic spiritual awakening, he finds himself in an erotic courtship with Krishna, the god of his heart. 

 

J.R. Mabry is the director of the interfaith spiritual direction certificate program at the Chaplaincy Institute in Berkeley, CA, where he also teaches comparative theology. He writes edgy spirituality, science fiction and fantasy, is the author of the urban fantasy trilogy, The Kingdom, The Power and The Glory. He lives with his spouse and three dogs in Oakland, CA.

In Carnal Knowledge: The Adoration of a Dangerous Woman and the Death of a Dream by Lexi Mohney, Desi leaves for her first year of college and is excited about exploring both her bisexuality and polyamory when she makes friends with Evan. When their relationship comes to a head, Desi is faced with a terrible choice: the woman she loves or her own family. Will she stick with Evan and let love win?

 

Names of bisexual/bi+ characters or characters in the bisexual ballpark:
Desi, Evan, Kodi, Delphinium, Rah, Perez

 

Lexi is a Michigan native living in Ann Arbor. She works as both an author and a book coach and is in the midst of completing her second novel. In her free time, she loves to travel, eat exotic foods, and do yoga.

Set against the backdrop of the Obama presidency, Julian Randall’s Refuse documents a young biracial man’s journey through the mythos of Blackness, Latinidad, family, sexuality and a hostile American landscape. Mapping the relationship between father and son caught in a lineage of grief and inherited Black trauma, Randall conjures reflections from mythical figures such as Icarus, Narcissus and the absent Frank Ocean. Not merely a story of the wound but the salve, Refuse is a poetry debut that accepts that every song must end before walking confidently into the next music.

 

Julian Randall is a Living Queer Black poet from Chicago. He has received fellowships from Callaloo, BOAAT, and The Watering Hole and was the 2015 National College Slam (CUPSI) Best Poet. Julian is the curator of Winter Tangerine Review’s Lineage of Mirrors. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as New York Times Magazine, The Georgia Review, and Sixth Finch and in the anthologies Portrait in Blues, Nepantla, and New Poetry from the Midwest. He is a candidate for his MFA in Poetry at Ole Miss.

Jan Steckel’s Like Flesh Covers Bone is a hundred pages of poetry that is direct, uncompromising, lyrical, and filled with moving moments of intimacy, humor, love and loss. Several of the poems talk about being bisexual; others are love poems to people of different sexes. Writes Bay Area poet James Cagney: “These poems have come for blood. Honest and direct, Jan writes often humorous, always electrified poetry of great depth and courage. Take this journey!”

 

Jan Steckel’s poetry book The Horizontal Poet (Zeitgeist Press, 2011) won a Lambda Literary Award. Her fiction chapbook Mixing Tracks (Gertrude Press, 2009) and poetry chapbook The Underwater Hospital (Zeitgeist Press, 2006) also won awards. Her poetry has appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, Canary, New Verse News, Assaracus and elsewhere. 

Rachel Wiley’s Nothing Is Okay uses humor and powerful personal confession to celebrate queerness, fatness, and more.

 

Rachel Wiley is a poet, performer and body positive activist from Columbus, Ohio. Rachel has competed in multiple National Poetry Slam Competitions and was a finalist twice in 2011.  She has toured nationally performing at Slam Venues, Colleges and Festivals including the 2014 Geraldine Dodge Poetry Festival  in Newark, NJ. Her work has been featured by the Huffington Post, Everyday Feminism, Frigg Magazine, Drunken Boat, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, Nailed Magazine and PBS NewsHour. Rachel's first full length collection of poems Fat Girl Finishing School was published on Timber Mouse Press in 2014. Her newest collection, Nothing Is Okay, was published by Button Poetry in March of 2018.

Sheela Lambert (Host) is director of the Bisexual Book Awards and the Bi Writers Association. She is editor of Best Bi Short Stories, her anthology of bisexual fiction in multiple genres from Circlet Press. She has chapters in both Bisexuality in Education: Erasure, Exclusion and the Absence of Intersectionality edited by Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli, Routledge and LGBTQ America Today Encyclopedia. She is currently editing a new project, the Anthology of Bisexual Poetry. Lambert’s national bisexual column on Examiner.com informed readers on bisexuality topics from 2009 to 2016. She has also been published in Huffington Post, Advocate.com, Curve Magazine, Gay & Lesbian Review, Lambda Literary Review, Journal of Bisexuality, AfterEllen, Hakomi Journal, etc. and is a veteran bi & LGBT activist, educator and literary event organizer who resides in New York City.

~Year of the Poet                          ~Program Performers

In our Finalists Press Release below, we declared this our "Year of the Poet", since this was our biggest year yet for Poetry submissions. We have since decided to invite all our Poetry finalists to be on our reading program on Sat. June 1st. So far, five Poetry finalists plus finalists from Mystery, Speculative Fiction and Erotic Fiction have been confirmed. All are pictured above with their book covers. (Click on any image for larger, full image. Author photos are captioned w/name & category below photo. You can start a slideshow by clicking on the small arrow at bottom L corner of any photo after you enlarge it.)

 

Our Seventh Annual Bisexual Book Awards Reading & Awards Ceremony will take place Sat. June 1st, 7-10pm in the West Village of New York City at Wesbeth Community Room, 55 Bethune, W of Washington. It can also be accessed from the Bank St. side, which has a plaza with seating, which leads towards the community room. Doors open at 6:30 for book signings. Tickets are $15 in advance thru PayPal or at the door. Afterparty is at Malaparte for drinks & dinner (everyone pays their own check.) Contact us for advance tickets or questions.

Press Release:                              Finalists of 2018 Books Announced!

Contact:

Sheela Lambert

Director, Bisexual Book Awards & Bi Writers Association

Website: www.biwriters.org

FB: https://www.facebook.com/biwriters

Twitter: @BiBookAwards

Email: BiWritersAssoc(@)gmail(dot)com

 

April 20, 2019

 

Bisexual Book Awards Announces 

Finalists for 2018 Books

 

New York NY: The Seventh Annual Bisexual Book Awards (BBA) announces its finalists today. Over 30 judges diligently read books with bisexual characters and themes for many months: starting in Fall 2018. They recently voted and decided which were the best of the best in each category. The Bisexual Book Awards is a project of the Bi Writers Association (BWA), but the awards have taken off, and taken over, most of BWA’s time. We’re calling this year the “Year of the Poet” because our Poetry category, which had struggled to exist, suddenly had 17 submissions from authors of many different cultures. We have invited three of the best poets with different points of view to be on our program this year.

 

Every writer on our program represents the best of their category. Every reading will represent the best of Bisexual Non-Fiction, Memoir/Biography, Fiction, Romance, Speculative Fiction [Bi-Fi/Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Paranormal & Horror], Erotic Fiction, Teen/Young Adult, Mystery and Poetry. Our Bi Writer of the Year will also be announced. Our Multi-Arts Program & Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony (where all the winners will be announced) takes place on Sat. June 1st at Westbeth, an Arts venue in the West Village at 7pm. Westbeth is located at 55 Bethune, west of Washington. More info about our program will be announced soon.

 

Another first this year is giving the finalists quotes from our judges’ reviews that they can use in their book publicity. In the past, we kept all judges’ critiques secret (only seen by their category colleagues—not even all the judges), so they could remain completely anonymous; until the awards, when we announce their names but not the genres they were judging. We always felt their skillful critiques of the books they were reading were somewhat going to waste. This is a way of using them that preserves their anonymity while offering our finalist authors something very useful. The judges, who are all volunteers, were excited about this project and are working to find the best quotes for each finalist author right now.

 

Seventh Annual Bisexual Book Awards

Finalists List: Books of 2018

 

Non-Fiction

  • Go the Way Your Blood Beats: On Truth, Bisexuality, and Desire by Michael Amherst, Repeater Books
  • Many Love by Sophie Lucido Johnson, Touchstone / Simon & Schuster

 

Memoir/Biography – winner to be announced

  • Many Love by Sophie Lucido Johnson, Touchstone / Simon & Schuster
  • On the Road and Off the Record with Leonard Bernstein: My Years with the Exasperating Genius by Charlie Harmon, Imagine Publishing/ Charlesbridge

 

Fiction

  • America Is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo, Viking / Penguin Random House
  • Bhopal Dance by Jennifer Natalya Fink, FC2/University of Alabama Press
  • The Prince of Mirrors by Alan Robert Clark, Fairlight Books
  • True Ash by Elizabeth J. Colen and Carol Guess, Black Lawrence Press
  • The Wild Birds by Emily Strelow, A Barnacle Book / Rare Bird Books

 

Romance

  • Edge of Nowhere by Felicia Davin, Etymon Press
  • Jilted by Lilah Suzanne, Interlude Press
  • Medley (Changing Lanes) by Layla Reyne, Independently Published
  • Rough Sleepers by Nem Rowan, Less Than Three Press
  • The Thing About Forever by Michele Engardt, Less Than Three Press
  • The Torches We Carry by L.A. Witt, Independently Published

 

Erotic Fiction

  • Carnal Knowledge: The Adoration of a Dangerous Woman and the Death of a Dream by Lexi Mohney, Independently Published
  • Whatever Comes First by M.K. Lee, Less Than Three Press

 

Speculative Fiction  [Bi-fi/Sci-fi/Fantasy/Paranormal/Horror/Etc.]

  • Cleaning House by Jeanne G’Fellers, Mountain Gap Books
  • Dragon Magic by Megan Derr, Less Than Three Press
  • The Seeds of Dissolution by William C. Tracy, Space Wizard Science Fantasy 
  • Thornfruit by Felicia Davin, Etymon Press
  • The Worship of Mystery by J.R. Mabry, The Apocryphile Press

 

Teen/Young Adult Fiction

  • A Love Song for Mr. Dakota by Gene Gant, Harmony Ink Press / Dreamspinner Press
  •  Palmetto Rose by J.E. Sumerau, Brill / Sense 
  • Paris Syndrome by Lisa Walker, Angus & Robertson / HarperCollins Publishers Australia
  •  We Are Young by Cat Clarke, Quercus Children's Books / Hachette Childrens Group
  • The Weekend Bucket List by Mia Kerick, Duet Books / Interlude Press

 

Mystery

  • Other People’s Oysters by Alexandra CH Nowakowski and JE Sumerau, Brill / Sense
  • Reckless Behavior by Cari Z & L.A. Witt, Riptide Publishing
  • We Are Young by Cat Clarke, Quercus Children's Books / Hachette Childrens Group
  • What You Want to See by Kristen Lepionka, Minotaur Books / St. Martin’s Press
  • Who Is Vera Kelly? by Rosalie Knecht, Tin House Books

 

Poetry

  • Black Queer Hoe by Britteney Black Rose Kapri, BreakBeat Poets series, Haymarket Books
  • God Was Right by Diana Hamilton, Ugly Duckling Presse
  • Like Flesh Covers Bone by Jan Steckel, Zeitgeist Press
  • Refuse by Julian Randall, University of Pittsburgh Press
  • We Play a Game by Duy Doan, Yale University Press

 

Publisher of the Year

Will be announced on June 1st

 

Bi Writer of the Year
{authors listed alphabetically by last name}

  • Elaine Castillo, America Is Not the Heart, Viking / Penguin Random House
  • Duy Doan, We Play a Game, Yale University Press
  • J.R. Mabry, The Worship of Mystery, The Apocryphile Press
  • Rachel Wiley, Nothing Is Okay, Button Poetry

(more finalists may be added before winners are announced on June 1st)

 

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Finalist Voting Begins Soon!

Our judges are wrapping up their readings and are preparing to vote on 2018 books submitted to our awards. A press release announcing the finalists will go out soon. Check back here, on our email lists, or on our social media (FB, twitter) to find out who made finalist!

 

Winners will be announced at our Multi-Arts Reading & Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony in NYC on Sat. June 1st.

Folk musician Peggy Seeger, our Bi Writer of the Year for 2017 books, holds her 2 statuettes: for Bi Writer of the Year and tied-winner of Memoir/Bio, for her revealing memoir that describes her life with her husband and her wife, First Time Ever: A Memoir.

Two Bisexual Book Awards statuettes at home in London on winner Peggy Seeger's mantel. They made it all the way from New York City across the Atlantic Ocean to the UK.

Call for Submissions Press Release: Books of 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Oct 11, 2018

 

Contact: Sheela Lambert                                                     

Director, Bi Writers Association 

Email:  BiWritersAssoc (@) gmail (dot) com                                        

 

 

SEVENTH ANNUAL BISEXUAL BOOK AWARDS

Submissions Now Open

 

New York NY: The Bi Writers Association announces that, in honor of National Coming Out Day, submissions are now open for our Seventh Annual Bisexual Book Awards. Any 2018 book with a bisexual character, bisexual storyline, bisexual subject matter or theme, is eligible for submission. Book awards are open to all authors regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Books can be submitted by the author, publisher, or the Bi Writers Association (BWA.) We’re offering 12 book categories and two special categories. The deadline to submit is December 2nd. We welcome bisexual book suggestions from anyone for our outreach list. We also appreciate your help in spreading the word about our call for submissions.

 

Books are judged on three main criteria:

1) quality of overall writing

2) quality of writing about bisexual material, characters & themes

3) quantity of bisexual material

 

A panel of judges will decide each book category; the two special categories are awarded by the BWA, in consultation with the judges. Winners will be announced at the Seventh Annual Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony in kicking off Pride Month in New York City on Sat June 1st; location will be in Manhattan, at Westbeth Community Room in the West Village. The ceremony will be preceded by the BWA’s annual multi-arts reading, which will feature finalists of the awards plus live music and art.

 

“The Bisexual Book Awards gives publicity to books with bi themes and characters…preventing those books from falling through the cracks and alerting the bi+ audience and beyond to their existence”, says BWA founder & director Sheela Lambert. "Knowing that they will be acknowledged for their efforts, and could be rewarded for the quality of their work on the bisexual topic, gives writers and publishers extra motivation to explore it“, says Lambert.

 

At the Bisexual Book Awards recent reading and awards ceremony, the most moving point of the evening was when Monica Meneghetti, author of What the Mouth Wants: A Memoir of Food, Love and Belonging, delivered an impromptu speech about how she was isolated in Vancouver BC, Canada as a bisexual person and the only thing she had to hang on to was the Bi Writers Association. She recounted that she was monitoring our activities, including the Bisexual Book Awards, which gave her a sense of belonging, that she otherwise did not have. “You saved my life,” she stated. She also said that knowing the Bisexual Book Awards would be there to receive her book, motivated and inspired her to write a memoir that included her bisexuality, something she otherwise would not have done. Later, she discovered that she won her category of Memoir/Biography, in a tie with Peggy Seeger’s memoir, First Time Ever. This is why we do what we do.

 

To submit a book, send an email to the BWA at BiWritersAssoc (at) gmail (dot) com with: name of book, by author name, imprint/publisher, year of first publication and whether it is fiction or non-fiction; then request a submission form. Even if you’re not submitting, the Bi Writers Association welcomes book suggestions from anyone.

 

Bisexual Book Awards Guidelines are available on the Submission Guidelines  page of our website.

 

(As always, please let us know if you find any mistakes in this email.)

 

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Video & Photos from Sixth Annual      Bisexual Book Awards~June 1, 2018

Video of impassioned & unexpected speech by author Monica Meneghetti (partial), filmed by Efrain John Gonzalez

Photos by Efrain John Gonzalez

Click an image to enlarge photo and read caption:

Winners Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact:

Sheela Lambert

Director, Bisexual Book Awards & Bi Writers Association

Website: www.biwriters.org

FB: https://www.facebook.com/biwriters

Twitter: @BiBookAwards

Email: fuscialadybug@netzero.net

 

June 4, 2018

 

Bisexual Book Awards Announces Winners

 

New York NY: The Bi Writers Association (BWA) publicly announces today the winners of our Sixth Annual Bisexual Book Awards, for books of 2017. We had a total of 11 categories this year: nine book categories including Non-fiction, Memoir/Biography, Fiction, Romance, Erotic Fiction, Speculative Fiction [Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror/Etc.], Teen/Young Adult, Mystery, Poetry, plus two special categories: Publisher of the Year and Bi Writer of the Year.

 

We had 46 finalists and 13 winners: giving more opportunities for bi+ books and their authors to be recognized for their achievements than any other book awards in the world. “The Bi Writers Association has been working since 2006 to create a place in the world for bisexual books where their writers and publishers could have confidence they would be appreciated and not just fall through the cracks. Bisexual books are often forced to compete in categories that don’t really fit their content. “We want bi-themed books, and novels with bisexual/pansexual/fluid characters, to succeed”, says Sheela Lambert, Director of the Bisexual Book Awards and the Bi Writers Association. “By providing our own awards with multiple bisexual book categories, we can ensure that bi+ books can compete on a level playing field and be rewarded not only for their excellent writing skills, but the quality of their bisexual subject matter. Readers should learn something about bisexuality and bi+ people through fictional characters or factual subject matter”, says Lambert.

 

Prior to the awards ceremony, seven finalist authors gave readings that kept the audience in rapt attention, proving why the judges held them in such high regard. Each one of our book categories had a panel of judges who thoughtfully read, critiqued and discussed every book, evaluating how well an author addressed bisexual themes, as well as their general writing skills, before voting to determine finalists and winners. The winners were first announced Fri. June 1st at our Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony, following our reading featuring finalists and winners of the awards, held at Westbeth Community Room, in an artists community in the West Village of New York City.  

 

The most moving point of the evening was when Monica Meneghetti, author of What the Mouth Wants: A Memoir of Food, Love and Belonging, delivered an impromptu speech about how she was isolated in Vancouver BC, Canada as a bisexual person and the only thing she had to hang on to was the Bi Writers Association. She recounted that she was monitoring our activities, including the Bisexual Book Awards, which gave her a sense of belonging, which she otherwise did not have. “You saved my life,” she stated. She also said that knowing the Bisexual Book Awards would be there to receive her book, motivated and inspired her to write a memoir that included her bisexuality, something she otherwise would not have done. Later, she discovered that she won her category of Memoir/Biography, in a tie with Peggy Seeger’s memoir, First Tme Ever.

 

We congratulate all of our winners and hope this award inspires them to keep writing books with bi+ characters and themes, and wish them continued success in their writing careers. Photos of our annual reading and awards ceremony will be uploaded to our website soon.

 

Click here for list of winners and finalists for books published in 2017.

 

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Get to know Authors & Performers     for our Multi-Arts Reading at the Bisexual Book Awards: Fri June 1st 

Julene Tripp Weaver, a psychotherapist, lives in Seattle. Her latest poetry book is Truth Be Bold: Serenading Life & Death in the Age of AIDS. Her two prior books are: No Father Can Save Her, and Case Walking: An AIDS Case Manager Wails Her Blues. She is widely published in journals and anthologies.

 

Truth Be Bold: Serenading Life & Death in the Age of AIDS by Julene Tripp Weaver honors those who passed and celebrates those who survived the AIDS epidemic. Julene is a long-term survivor who worked in AIDS services for 21 years. This book is her contribution to the cannon of literature inspired by the AIDS epidemic. 

Mary-Anne McAllum has had many years of experience in New Zealand education as a health teacher, resource developer, curriculum advisor, and professional development facilitator in sexuality education and mental well-being. She has taught in secondary schools and at universities on sexualities papers and in pre-service health education.

 

 

Young Bisexual Women’s Experiences in Secondary Schools by Mary-Anne McAllum: Emerging from a case study in secondary schools, this book explores young bisexual women's notions of bisexuality through their own sense of self-identification and how they express their personal beliefs. McAllum sheds light on the presence and practice of "bi-misogyny" in school settings, and draws out the implications of this bias on bisexual women. Incorporating women's own spoken and written anecdotes, this book reveals hidden narratives and helps boost awareness about the social and learning needs of young bisexual women.

Diana Fuller, singer-songwriter, is on a mission. 
Her goal is to bring different types of people together to create a force of power to override stereotypes, discrimination against sexuality and hate. Writing simple blues-folk tunes, she will accomplish this mission with ease as well as audience involvement and happiness.

If aliens ever do land on Earth, Kelly Jenson will not be prepared, despite having read over a hundred stories of the apocalypse. Still, she will pack her precious books into a box and carry them with her as she strives to survive. It’s what bibliophiles do.


 

 

 

 

 

Block and Strike by Kelly Jensen is a slow burn love story about two men who have to find the strength to stand on their own before they can stand together.

Originally from Chicago, Julia Ember now resides in Edinburgh, Scotland. She spends her days working in the book trade and her nights writing fantasy novels. She is the author of several young adult books, including The Seafarer’s Kiss and Unicorn Tracks. 


 

 

 

The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember: In a Norse retelling of The Little Mermaid, Ersel must outwit the God of Lies to save the shield maiden she’s come to love. 

Monica Meneghetti’s poetry, fiction and nonfiction appear in print and online as well as in musical scores and on stage. Her literary translation from Italian, The Call of the Ice was a Banff Mountain Book Award finalist. She lives on unceded Coast Salish territory where she teaches writing and offers manuscript development services with a focus on enabling marginalised voices to be heard.

 

Proclaimed “deeply erotic and decidedly queer”, What the Mouth Wants: A Memoir of Food, Love and Belonging appears on ALA Over the Rainbow’s 2018 Recommended Book List, Autostraddle’s 8 Soft Femme Memoirs, and CBC Books’ Must-reads of 2017. This mouth-watering, intimate memoir traces the author’s unique life journey through her relationship with food. The youngest in a traditional immigrant family, her sexuality emerges in the context of grief and the disintegration of her sense of family. Through risk, courage, and heartbreak, she ultimately redefines and recreates family and identity according to her own alternative vision.

Amanda Kabak has had stories published in Midwestern Gothic, Harpoon Review, Perceptions Magazine, and elsewhere. She was a recipient of the Betty Gabehart prize of the Kentucky Women Writer’s Conference and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She holds an MFA from Pacific University.

 

The Mathematics of Change by Amanda Kabak:

The aching and terrible excitement of Carol’s affair with her graduate school professor has settled, fifteen years later, into the frustrated complacency of faculty wife responsibilities and motherhood. Carol wants more, but can’t have more. Her best friend, the painfully enigmatic Mitch, is grappling with the terror that comes from knowing she could have more than she ever thought possible, if she could only work out the math. The Mathematics of Change breaks open and breaks down the equation of midlife, proving balance is imaginary and change the only possible solution.

Sixth Annual                                      Multi-Arts Reading &                Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony

On Fri June 1st, 8-11pm the Bi Writers Assoc. will hold its Sixth Annual Multi-Arts Reading & Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony. Doors open at 7:30. We will return to a venue that welcomes us with open arms: Westbeth Community Room, located in the West Village, at 55 Bethune St. west of Washington St. 

Tiggy Upland & crowd, Bisexual Book Awards 2017. 

Photo credit: Efrain John Gonzalez

 

We are still working on the program but we will post what we have and additions when they come in. 

 

Readings:

  • Fiction finalist Amanda Kabak reads The Mathematics of Change
  • Memoir/Bio finalist Monica Meneghetti reads What the Mouth Wants: A Memoir of Food, Love and Belonging
  • Poetry finalist Julene Tripp Weaver reads Truth Be Bold—Serenading Life & Death in the Age of AIDS
  • Romance finalist Kelly Jensen reads Block and Strike
  • Non-Fiction finalist Mary-Anne McAllum reads Young Bisexual Women’s Experiences in Secondary Schools
  • Speculative Fiction finalist Julia Ember reads The Seafarer’s Kiss
  • Fiction finalist Karen Connelly reads The Change Room 

Live Music:

Diana Fuller, singer-songwriter, plays original songs

 

To buy $15 tickets or make a contribution use the "Buy Now" button on this page. Tickets also at the door. Drinks for sale at door.

 

Finalists Press Release

 

Contact:

Sheela Lambert

Director, Bi Writers Association

Website: www.biwriters.org

FB: https://www.facebook.com/biwriters

Twitter: @BiBookAwards

Email: fuscialadybug (at) netzero (dot) net

 

May 3, 2018

 

Bisexual Book Awards Announces Finalists for 2017 Books

 

New York NY: The Bi Writers Association (BWA) announces today the finalists for our Sixth Annual Bisexual Book Awards in nine 2017 book categories: Non-Fiction, Memoir/Biography, Fiction, Romance, Erotic Fiction, Speculative Fiction [Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror], Teen/Young Adult Fiction, Mystery and Poetry, plus two special categories: Publisher of the Year and Bi Writer of the Year.

 

 “We are thrilled the Bisexual Book Awards is succeeding in its mission to encourage writers and publishers to put out more bi-themed books," says Sheela Lambert, Director of the Bi Writers Association. “By providing multiple book categories; authors and publishers find that their books can be recognized for the genre they are written in, as well as their bisexual subject matter,” says Lambert. “We try to outreach to all the books that could potentially be eligible for our awards, but at this point, it’s become difficult because there are so many.”

 

Each one of our nine book categories had a team of judges who carefully read, assessed, critiqued and discussed every book before voting on their merits. The number of finalists in each category varies, based on the number of books submitted to that category and the quality of the books.  Winners will be announced at the Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony on Friday June 1st, following our annual multi-arts reading featuring finalists of the awards interspersed with live music, to be held in New York City at Westbeth, in the West Village at 55 Bethune St., just west of Washington. Doors open at 7:30pm for book signings, program 8-11pm, followed by an afterparty across the street at Malaparte. More information about our program will be posted on our website as it comes in. You can RSVP on Meetup or FB. You can contact us via our website for advance tickets or get them at the door.

 

Attached below is the list of finalists chosen by the judges:

 

 

Sixth Annual Bisexual Book Awards

Finalist List: Books of 2017

 

Non-Fiction

  • Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World by Sarah Prager, HarperCollins
  • Unconditional: A Guide to Loving and Supporting Your LGBTQ Child by Telaina Eriksen, Mango Media
  • Young Bisexual Women’s Experiences in Secondary Schools by Mary-Anne McAllum, Routledge

 

Memoir/Biography         

  • First Time Ever by Peggy Seeger, Faber & Faber
  • A Girl Walks Into a Book by Miranda Pennington, Seal Press/Hachette Book Group
  • What the Mouth Wants: A Memoir of Food, Love and Belonging by Monica Meneghetti, Dagger Editions/Caitlin Press

 

Fiction

  • The Change Room by Karen Connelly, Random House / PenguinRandomHouse
  • Enigma Variations by André Aciman, Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Macmillan
  • Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado, Graywolf Press
  • Keeping the Faith by A.M. Leibowitz, Supposed Crimes
  • The Mathematics of Change by Amanda Kabak, Brain Mill Press
  • Pages For Her: A Novel by Sylvia Brownrigg, Counterpoint 

 

Romance

  • Back To You by Chris Scully, Riptide Publishing
  • Block and Strike by Kelly Jensen, Dreamspinner Press
  • Bonfires by Amy Lane, Dreamspinner Press
  • By the Currwong's Call by Welton B. Marsland, Escape Publishing/ Harlequin Enterprises Australia
  • Strays (Urban Soul 2) by Garrett Leigh, Riptide Publishing
  • Summer Stock by Vanessa North, Riptide Publishing

 

Erotic Fiction

  • Cast From the Earth by Leandra Vane, Self-Published
  • Michael’s Wings by Tiffany Reisz, 8th Circle Press
  • Rescues and the Rhyssa by TS Porter, Less Than Three Press
  • The Shape of Veronica by Stephanie Bull, Tau Press
     

Speculative Fiction  [Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror/Etc.]

  • Island of Exiles by Erica Cameron, Entangled Teen
  • Passing Strange by Ellen Klages, Tor Books
  • Rescues and the Rhyssa by TS Porter, Less Than Three Press
  • The Rules and Regulations For Mediating Myths & Magic by F.T. Lukens, Duet Books/Interlude Press
  • Run In The Blood by A.E. Ross, NineStar Press
  • The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember, Duet/Interlude Press

 

Teen/Young Adult Fiction

  • Being Roy by Julie Aitcheson, Harmony Ink Press
  • Grrrls on the Side by Carrie Pack, Duet Books/Interlude Press
  • I Hate Everyone But You by Allison Raskin and Gaby Dunn, Wednesday Books 
  • In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan, Big Mouth House/Small Beer Press
  • The Rules and Regulations For Mediating Myths & Magic by F.T. Lukens, Duet Books/Interlude Press

 

Mystery

  • Risky Behavior by L.A. Witt & Cari Z, Riptide Publishing 
  • Suspicious Behavior by L.A. Witt & Cari Z, Riptide Publishing

 

Poetry

  • Primates from an Archipelago by Irene Suico Soriano, Rabbit Fool Press
  • Truth Be Bold—Serenading Life & Death in the Age of AIDS by Julene Tripp Weaver, Finishing Line Press

 

Publisher of the Year

  • Dreamspinner Press
  • Duet Books/Interlude Press
  • Less Than Three Press
  • Riptide Publishing

 

Bi Writer of the Year

  • Sylvia Brownrigg
  • Karen Connelly
  • Carmen Maria Machado
  • Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese (Romance) The Art of Three, Avian30
  • Monica Meneghetti
  • Peggy Seeger

(More authors may be added to this category.)

 

# # #

Photos of Fifth Annual                Bisexual Book Awards                     Sat June 10, 2017

Call for Submissions Press Release: Books of 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SEPT 14, 2017

 

Contact: Sheela Lambert                                                     

Director, Bi Writers Association                                          

fuscialadybug (at) netzero (dot) com                                                      

 

SIXTH ANNUAL BISEXUAL BOOK AWARDS

Submissions Now Open

 

New York NY: The Bi Writers Association announces that submissions are now open for our Sixth Annual Bisexual Book Awards. Any 2017 book with a bisexual character, bisexual storyline, bisexual subject matter or theme, is eligible for submission. Book awards are open to all authors regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Books can be submitted by the author, publisher, or the Bi Writers Association (BWA.) We’re offering 12 book categories and two special categories. The deadline to submit is December 2nd. We welcome bisexual book suggestions from anyone for our outreach list.

 

Books are judged on three main criteria: 1) quality of overall writing; 2) quality of writing about bisexual material, characters & themes; 3) quantity of bisexual material. A panel of judges will decide each book category; the two special categories are awarded by the BWA, in consultation with the judges. Winners will be announced at the Sixth Annual Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony in New York City, tentative date: Sat June 2nd of 2018. The ceremony will be preceded by the BWA’s annual multi-arts reading, which will feature finalists of the awards plus live music and art.

 

“The Bisexual Book Awards gives extra publicity to books with bi themes and characters…preventing those books from falling through the cracks and alerting the bi+ audience and beyond to their existence”, says BWA founder & director Sheela Lambert. "Knowing that they will be acknowledged for their efforts, and could be rewarded for the quality of their work on the bisexual topic, gives writers and publishers extra motivation to explore it“, says Lambert. “When the Bi Writers Association started its work in 2006 there were 10 bi-themed books we could find for the year. By contrast, last year our awards received over 100 books. We are excited to be part of this revolution”, says Lambert.

 

To submit a book, send an email to the BWA at fuscialadybug (at) netzero (dot) com with: name of book, by author name, imprint/publisher, year of first publication and whether it is fiction or non-fiction; then request a submission form. Even if you’re not submitting, the Bi Writers Association welcomes book suggestions from anyone.

 

Find the Bisexual Book Awards Submission Guidelines on our website.

Performers for Fifth Annual Bisexual Book Awards displaying their books.

Winners Press Release

Contact:

Sheela Lambert

Director, Bi Writers Association

Website: www.biwriters.org

FB: https://www.facebook.com/biwriters

Twitter: @BiBookAwards

Email: fuscialadybug@netzero.com

 

June 13, 2017

 

Bisexual Book Awards

Announces Winners of its

Milestone Fifth Annual Year

 

New York NY: The Bi Writers Association (BWA) announces today the winners of our Fifth Annual Bisexual Book Awards, for books of 2016. We had a total of 13 categories: 11 book categories including Non-fiction, Memoir/Biography, Fiction, Romance, Erotic Fiction, Speculative Fiction [Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror], Teen/Young Adult Fiction, Mystery, Anthology, Poetry, Graphic Novel/Memoir; plus two special categories: Publisher of the Year and Bi Writer of the Year.

 

In this our fifth annual year, a major milestone for us, we had 49 finalists and 13 winners: giving more opportunities for bi+ books and their authors to be recognized for their achievements than any other book awards in the world. “We have been working since 2006 to create conditions that would give writers and publishers confidence there is a safe landing place for bi-themed books and novels with bisexual characters,” says Sheela Lambert, Director of the Bi Writers Association. “By organizing our own awards with multiple bisexual book categories, we can ensure that bi+ books can compete in their chosen genre and be rewarded for how well they fulfill that genre, as well as the quality of their bisexual subject matter, says Lambert.”

 

Each one of our book categories had a panel of judges who carefully read, critiqued and discussed every book before thoughtfully voting to determine finalists and winners. The winners were announced Sat. June 10th at our Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony, following our ninth annual Multi-Arts Reading featuring finalists of the awards plus live music, held at Westbeth, an artists community in the West Village of New York City.  

We congratulate all of our winners and hope this award inspires them to keep writing books with bi+ characters and themes, and wish them continued success in their writing careers.

 

The list of winners is on our Book Award Finalists & Winners page.

Multi-Arts Reading

 

Bisexual Book Awards

A Multi-Arts Celebration of Bisexual Writing

 

Sat June 10, 2017
 

6:30 Book Signings 7pm Program & Awards 10pm Book Signings

 

Finalist authors of every genre read from their works.

Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony: winners are announced!

Plus live music, bi graphic memoir art & after-party!

 

Host: Sheela Lambert, Director, Bi Writers Association

  • Tiggy Upland / Advice from a Wild Deuce: The Best of Ask Tiggy
  • Vanessa Clark / The Man on Top of the World
  • Keelan Ellis / Misinformation
  • Ann Tweedy / The Body’s Alphabet  
  • C.B. Lee / Not Your Sidekick
  • Georgia Clark / The Regulars
  • Alison Cherry / Look Both Ways
  • Casey Lawrence / Order in the Court
  • Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli / Women in Relationships with Bisexual Men

Graphic Memoir Art Presentation: Tyler Cohen / Primahood: Magenta

Live Music: Rorie Kelly -all new songs!

 

Tickets $15 in advance (email or call us) or at the door

Questions? Email or call 917-583-1797 www.biwriters.com

Westbeth Community Room, 55 Bethune St. W. of Washington St., NYC 10014

Finalist List Press Release

May 12, 2017

 

Bisexual Book Awards Announces Finalists of its

Fifth Annual Year: A Milestone

 

New York NY: The Bi Writers Association (BWA) announces today the finalists for our Fifth Annual Bisexual Book Awards in 11 book categories: Non-fiction, Memoir/Biography, Fiction, Romance, Erotic Fiction, Speculative Fiction [Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror], Teen/Young Adult Fiction, Mystery, Anthology, Poetry, Graphic Novel/Memoir plus two special categories: Publisher of the Year and Bi Writer of the Year. Covering 2016 books, this is our fifth annual year: a major milestone for us.

 

This year, 106 books were submitted to our Fifth Annual Bisexual Book Awards: a 45% increase over last year when we had 73. “We are thrilled the Bisexual Book Awards is succeeding in its mission to encourage writers and publishers to put out more bi-themed books," says Sheela Lambert, Director of the Bi Writers Association. “By providing multiple book categories; authors and publishers find that their books can be recognized for the genre they are written in, as well as their bisexual subject matter, says Lambert.”

 

Each one of our 11 book categories had a team of judges who carefully read, assessed and discussed every book before voting on their merits. The number of finalists in each category varies, based on the number of books submitted to that category and the quality of the books.  Winners will be announced at the Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony on Sat June 10th, following our annual multi-arts reading featuring finalists of the awards plus live music and presentation of graphic novel/memoir art, to be held in New York City at Westbeth, in the West Village at 55 Bethune St., corner Washington. Doors open at 6:30pm for book signings, program 7-10pm, book signings until 10:30, followed by an afterparty across the street at Malaparte.

 

You can RSVP on Meetup or FB.

You can request advance tickets by email or by phone at 917-583-1797.

Bisexual Book Awards Finalist List is on our Finalists & Winners page.

Save the Date! Sat June 10

Multi-Arts Reading Celebrating Bisexual Writing ~plus~

Fifth Annual Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony

Submissions Now Updated

All the books in our Fifth Annual season of the Bisexual Book Awards are now posted to our submissions page. Check them out! 

Press Release: Call for Submissions- Fifth Annual Bisexual Book Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SEPT 16, 2016

 

Contact: Sheela Lambert                                                     

Director, Bi Writers Association                                                                                              

FIFTH ANNUAL BISEXUAL BOOK AWARDS

Submissions Now Open

 

New York NY: The Bi Writers Association is excited to announce that submissions are now open for our Fifth Annual Bisexual Book Awards. We are thrilled to have reached our fifth year! Our experiment has turned into an annual program with a season spanning from September to June. Any 2016 book with a bisexual character, bisexual storyline, bisexual subject matter or theme, is eligible for submission. Awards are open to all authors regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Books can be submitted by the author, publisher, or the Bi Writers Association (BWA.) We’re offering 12 book categories and have two special categories. The deadline to submit is December 2nd. We welcome bisexual book suggestions from anyone for our outreach list.

 

Books are judged on three main criteria: 1) quality of overall writing; 2) quality of writing about bisexual material, characters & themes; 3) quantity of bisexual material. A panel of judges will decide each book category; the two special categories are awarded by the BWA, in consultation with the judges. Winners will be announced at the Fifth Annual Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony in New York City, tentative date: Sat June 10th of 2017. The ceremony will be preceded by the BWA’s annual multi-arts reading, which will feature finalists of the awards plus live music.

 

“Our awards help bi-themed books find an audience,” says BWA founder & director Sheela Lambert. “The Bisexual Book Awards gives authors motivation to write and publishers to publish on the topic of bisexuality because they know the finished product has somewhere to go and it won’t just fall through the cracks. It becomes part of their marketing strategy,” says Lambert. “When the Bi Writers Association started its work in 2006 there were 10 bi-themed books we could find for the year. By contrast, last year our awards received 73 books. So we know that we’re having an impact,” says Lambert.

 

To submit a book, send an email to the BWA at fuscialadybug (at) netzero (dot) com with: name of book, by author name, publisher, year of first publication and whether it is fiction or non-fiction; then request a submission form. Even if you’re not submitting, the Bi Writers Association welcomes book suggestions from anyone.

 

Bisexual Book Awards Guidelines are available on the BWA website.

         Bi Visibility Day Open Mic!

Date & Time: Fri Sept 23, 7-9pm 

 

Location: Bureau of General Services: Queer Division Rm. 210 in the LGBT Center, 208 W. 13 St. btwn. 7-8 Ave., New York NY 10011

 

Bi Writers & Poets, Musicians & Singers, Artists & Photographers, & Comedians: express yourself & be visible! Everyone else is invited to listen in. Bring friends. Themes are bi visibility and celebrating bisexuality, so be your fierce bi self! Sign up sheet to perform at the door: first come, first serve. Everyone has 5 minutes.

 

RSVP on Bi Meetup. You can also post a note about your performance there if you plan to perform.

 

$5 entry (pays the rent & donates to the Bi Writers Assoc.) No one will be turned away.

 

Equipment: If you need anything besides a mic, contact us as soon as possible and let us know what equipment you need and why.

 

Note: Our definition of bi or bi+ includes bisexual, pansexual, fluid and many other identity words that imply emotional and/or sexual attraction to more than one gender.

Winners of the Fourth Annual Bisexual Book Awards 

Bisexual Non-Fiction

Bisexuality in Education: Erasure, Exclusion and the Absence of Intersectionality edited by Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli, Routledge 

Bisexual Memoir/Biography

Call It Wonder: An Odyssey of Love, Sex, Spirit, and Travel by Kate Evans, Coyote Creek Books 

Bisexual Fiction

The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch, Harper Books/Harper Collins

Bisexual Romance

Bound with Honor by Megan Mulry, Riptide Publishing

Bisexual Erotic Fiction

Dead Ringer by Heidi Belleau and Sam Schooler, Riptide Publishing

Bisexual Speculative Fiction

Ariah by B R Sanders, Love, Sex & Merlot/The Zharmae Publishing Press

Bisexual Teen/YA Fiction

Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz, Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster

Mystery

Peripheral People by Michelle Moore and Reesa Herberth, Riptide Publishing

Bisexual Poetry 

No Confession, No Mass by Jennifer Perrine, University of Nebraska Press

Publisher of the Year

Tie:

  • Less Than Three Press
  • Macmillan

                    

Bi Writer of the Year

Kate Evans author of Call It Wonder: An Odyssey of Love, Sex, Spirit, and Travel, Coyote Creek Books 

                    Fourth Annual                                  Bisexual Book Awards 

Performers for Fourth Annual Bisexual Book Awards

A Multi-Arts Celebration of Bisexual Writing

 

Fri June 3, 2016

 

Finalist authors of every genre read from their works.

Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony: winners are announced!

Plus live music, bi comic book art & after-party!

 

6:30 Book Signings 7pm Program/Awards 10:30pm Book Signings

                              After-party 11pm-1am

 

Host: Sheela Lambert, Director, Bi Writers Association

Readings:

  • Kate Evans / Call It Wonder: An Odyssey of Love, Sex, Spirit, and Travel
  • Emily Bingham / Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham
  • B.R. Sanders / Ariah
  • Francis Gideon / A Winter in Rome
  • Michelle Moore & Reesa Herberth / Peripheral People    
  • Heidi Belleau & Sam Schooler / Dead Ringer
  • Megan Mulry / Bound with Honor
  • Erica Yang / Bad Idea
  • Redfern Jon Barrett / Giddy Death of the Gays & Strange Demise of Straights
  • Sheela Lambert / Bisexuality in Education edited by Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli                          

Comic Book Art Presentation: Elizabeth Beier “Bisexual Trials & Errors”

Live Music: Zen Anton

 

More program details   RSVP on FB & Meetup

 

Tickets $15 in advance or at the door

Contact us about advance tickets

Westbeth Community Room, 55 Bethune St. W. of Washington St., NYC

Questions? fuscialadybug@netzero.com or 917-583-1797 

Fourth Annual Bisexual Book Awards Announces Finalists

New York NY: The Bi Writers Association (BWA) announces today the finalists for our Fourth Annual Bisexual Book Awards in nine book categories: Non-fiction, Memoir/Biography, Fiction, Romance, Erotic Fiction, Speculative Fiction [Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror], Teen/Young Adult Fiction, Mystery, Poetry, and two special categories: Publisher of the Year and Bi Writer of the Year. The awards are for books published in 2015.

 

This year, 73 books were submitted to our Fourth Annual Bisexual Book Awards. “We are thrilled the Bisexual Book Awards continues to thrive," says Sheela Lambert, Director of the Bi Writers Association. “Our mission is to encourage writing and publishing of bisexual books by giving them a platform to shine and rewarding them for excellence, says Lambert.”

 

Each of our nine book categories had a team of judges who spent months reading, assessing and discussing the books. The number of finalists in each category varies, based on the number of books in that category. Winners will be announced at the Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony on Fri June 3rd, following our annual reading and multi-arts celebration of bisexual writing, known as Bi Lines, to be held in New York City at Westbeth, in the West Village at 55 Bethune St., corner Washington 6:30-10pm, followed by an afterparty, location TBA. Join one of our email lists or keep checking the Bi Writers Association website, FB page or Twitter for program details and updates. 

 

To see our list of finalists, click here.

Videos of our Third Annual     Bisexual Book Awards

Videos 1-8 below are segments from our eighth annual multi-arts reading, and videos 9-11 are segments from the Third Annual Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony. These videos, if watched in order, show our entire annual program celebrating bisexual writing, presented in NYC on Sat. May 30. Video credit: Donovan Hall

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AUG 25, 2015

 

Contact: Sheela Lambert                                                     

Director, Bi Writers Association                                          

fuscialadybug (at) netzero (dot) com                                                     

 

BI WRITERS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES

FOURTH ANNUAL BISEXUAL BOOK AWARDS

Submissions Now Open

 

New York NY: The Bi Writers Association announces that submissions are now open for its Fourth Annual Bisexual Book Awards. Any 2015 book with a bisexual character, bisexual storyline, bisexual subject matter or theme, is eligible for submission. Awards are open to all authors regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Books can be submitted by the author, publisher, or the Bi Writers Association (BWA.) We’re starting with 10 categories total, eight of which have open submissions.  Other categories may open up if books are submitted to them.  We welcome bisexual book suggestions from anyone for our outreach list.

 

Books are judged on three main criteria: 1) quality of overall writing; 2) quality of writing about bisexual material, characters & themes; 3) quantity of bisexual material. A panel of judges will decide each category. Finalists will be announced by the first week in April, and winners will be announced at the Bisexual Book Awards, tentative date, Sat June 4th of 2015. The Bisexual Book Awards will be preceded by the BWA’s annual multi-arts reading, which will feature finalists of the awards.

 

“Our awards help bi-themed books find an audience,” says BWA founder & director Sheela Lambert. “The Bisexual Book Awards gives authors motivation to write and publishers to publish on the topic of bisexuality because they know the finished product has somewhere to go and it won’t just fall through the cracks. It becomes part of their marketing strategy,” says Lambert. “When the Bi Writers Association started its work in 2006 there were 10 bi-themed books we could find for the year. By contrast, last year our awards received over 70 books. So we know that we’re having an impact,” says Lambert.

 

To submit a book, send an email to the Bi Writers Association at fuscialadybug (at) netzero (dot) com with: name of book, by author name, publisher, year of first publication and whether it is fiction or non-fiction; then request a submission form. Even if you’re not submitting, BWA welcomes book suggestions from anyone.

 

Bisexual Book Awards Guidelines are available on the BWA website at biwriters.org.

Early Submissions Now Open for 4th Annual Bisexual Book Awards

We havent sent out our press release yet. But why wait? We're accepting 2015 books now. A full complement of judges are already reading new submissions. See our submission guidelines! You can send in your books or recommend books right now!

And the Winners Are...

Awards formation on Bi Pride Flag at Third Annual Bisexual Book Awards. Photo by Efrain John Gonzalez.

Check out our winners list!

Bisexual Book Awards: A Multi-Arts Celebration of Bisexual Writing!                              ~Sat May 30~

Performers for the Third Annual Bisexual Book Awards

Finalist bisexual book authors read from their works.

Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony: winners are announced!

Plus live music, bi art & after-party!

 

 6:30 Book Signings 7pm Program & Awards 10pm Book Signings

 

Program

Host: Sheela Lambert, Director, Bi Writers Association

  • Author Readings: Geer Austin & Ann Herendeen / Best Bi Short Stories
  • Courtney Moreno / In Case of Emergency
  • Herukhuti / Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men
  • Nora Olsen / Frenemy of the People
  • Vivek Shraya / She of the Mountains
  • Laura Foley / Joy Street
  • Shari Slade / One Kiss with a Rock Star
  • A.R. Fiano / The Book of Joel                    

Art Presentations: Gymnos Alitheia, Herukhuti & Vivek Shraya

Live Music: Rorie Kelly

 

Get more details on performers!

 

Tickets $15 in advance or at the door

Westbeth Community Room, 55 Bethune St. W. of Washington St

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Finalists Announced for Third Annual Bisexual Book Awards!

This year we have an unprecedented 72 books with 10 book categories in our third annual Bisexual Book Awards. By comparison, last year we had 60 books and six book categories. “We are thrilled the Bisexual Book Awards continues to grow every year," says Sheela Lambert, Director of the Bi Writers Association. “By providing more bisexual categories, we have been attracting more bisexual books than any other awards. It’s always been the goal of BWA to increase awareness of bisexual books, to inspire authors to write more bi-themed books and to encourage more publishers to publish them. Since we launched our Bisexual Book Awards we have had the opportunity to reward authors and publishers for their efforts, says Lambert.”

 

Winners will be announced at the Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony on Sat May 30, following our annual reading and multi-arts celebration of bisexual writing, to be held in New York City at Westbeth, in the West Village at 55 Bethune St., corner Washington 6:30-10pm, followed by an afterparty, location TBA. Join one of our email lists, keep checking the Bi Writers Association website, follow us on Facebook or Twitter for program details and updates.

 

See finalist list on Bi Book Awards Finalists page.

Finalist Book Cover Photos                   *click photos to enlarge 

        Submissions Now Open for         Third Annual Bisexual Book Awards

The Third Annual Bisexual Book Awards cycle began on Tues Sept 23 2014, in honor of Bi Visibility Day. Check out the list of books submited to our awards on our Submissions page. Then join our Bi Book Club email list to stay informed about finalists, the Bisexual Book Awards ceremony and the winners. Our Third Annual Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony is planned for Sat May 30, 2015 in New York City--save the date!

 

Suggest a Book for the Awards

Readers: If you know of a bisexual book published in 2014 or 2015, please send us: book title, author name, publisher & publication date and we will look into it.

Photos from Second Annual Bisexual Book Awards.

Sat May 31, 2014.

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