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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 30, 2020

 

Contact: Sheela Lambert                                                     

Director, Bisexual Book Awards & Bi Writers Association 

Website: www.biwriters.com

Email:  BiWritersAssoc (@) gmail (dot) com                                        

 

 

NINTH ANNUAL BISEXUAL BOOK AWARDS

Submissions Now Open

 

 

New York NY: The Bisexual Book Awards (BBAs) announces its Ninth Annual Call for Submissions! It's our mission to bring attention to books with bi+ (bisexual, pansexual, fluid, two-spirit, queer and anything else in the bisexual ballpark) characters or subject matter. 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. Submissions are open now and the deadline to submit is December 2nd, but our judges begin reading in October. We welcome bisexual book suggestions from anyone for our outreach list. We also appreciate your help in spreading the word about our BBA9 Call for Submissions.

 

Books are judged on three main criteria:

  • quality of overall writing
  • quality of writing about bi+ material, characters & themes
  • 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 Ninth Annual Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony in June during Pride Month in New York City. Location will be in Manhattan, New York City, venue is TBA. If the pandemic persists, our Annual Multi-Arts Reading (which will feature finalists of the awards plus live music and art) and Awards Ceremony will be virtual. We had a virtual Multi-Arts Reading this year due to Covid 19 and there were lots of benefits to it. Higher audience attendance; attendance from all over the country and the world (instead of mostly New York’s tri-state area), higher participation of winners (because they didn’t have to incur high travel expenses and could participate without leaving the house), ditto for music artists; automatic recording of our event and ability to add closed captioning to our video, which makes our event more accessible.

 

“The Bisexual Book Awards shines a spotlight on 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.

 

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 in print; category you’re planning to submit to and #of pages; then request a submission form. Even if you’re not submitting, the Bisexual Book Awards welcomes book suggestions from anyone.

 

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

 

Also, if you’d like to be a judge and are a fast reader, please contact us ASAP and we’ll contact you back with our judge recruitment info.

 

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

 

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Get to Know Our Performers for    Sat Sept 26, 7-9pm EDT                    Bisexual Book Awards (Virtual)  Multi~Arts Reading + Q&A

You can stream our show Sat Sept 26, 7-9pm EDT followed by Q&A on our Facebook page or on YouTubeLink to Zoom requires RSVP on our Facebook Event Page or NYC Bi Meetup Page

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(Alphabetical by author's last name)

 

Rosebud Ben-Oni, turn around BRXGHT XYXS

Ben-Oni’s remarkable propensity to question everything has colored her life and work. Born to a Mexican-American mother who converted to Judaism after meeting Rosebud’s Jewish father, Ben-Oni grew up in South Texas and attended Hebrew school in the conservative, predominantly Christian and Catholic Southwest. Enduring systematic ostracization from a young age, Rosebud grew up escaping into books, K-pop, and science, counting the days until she could leave. This complicated incongruence is something that Ben-Oni has never forgotten.This might help explain the otherworldliness of Ben-Oni’s poetry, which sings of the secret, complicated places in every human heart. Her new book, turn around, BRXGHT XYXS (Get Fresh Books, 2019) is a stunning coming-of-age collection, heavily influenced by K-pop culture and New York City. Themes of disenfranchisement, rejection, rebellion, and power struggles prevail, but Ben-Oni’s musicality radiates with light and hope, and conveys the tender influence of her parents, both of whom supported Rosebud’s creative, inquisitive art. —Janet Rodriguez, The Rumpus

 

Born to a Mexican mother and Jewish father, Rosebud Ben-Oni is the winner of 2019 Alice James Award for If This Is the Age We End Discovery, forthcoming in 2021, and the author of turn around, BRXGHT XYXS (Get Fresh Books, 2019). She is a recipient of the 2014 NYFA Fellowship in Poetry and a 2013 CantoMundo Fellow. Her work appears in POETRY, The American Poetry Review, POETS.org, Poetry Society of America (PSA), The Poetry Review (UK), Tin House, Guernica, Black Warrior Review, TriQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Ecotone, The Missouri Review, The Journal, Hunger Mountain, The Adroit Journal, The Southeast Review, Salamander, Poetry Northwest, Arts & Letters, North American Review, among others. 

NAAMAH by Sarah Blake

With the coming of the Great Flood--the mother of all disasters--only one family was spared, drifting on an endless sea, waiting for the waters to subside. We know the story of Noah, moved by divine vision to launch their escape. Now, in a work of astounding invention, acclaimed writer Sarah Blake reclaims the story of his wife, Naamah, the matriarch who kept them alive. Here is the woman torn between faith and fury, lending her strength to her sons and their wives, caring for an unruly menagerie of restless creatures, silently mourning the lover she left behind. Here is the woman escaping into the unreceded waters, where a seductive angel tempts her to join a strange and haunted world. Here is the woman tormented by dreams and questions of her own--questions of service and self-determination, of history and memory, of the kindness or cruelty of fate. In fresh and modern language, Blake revisits the story of the Ark that rescued life on earth, and rediscovers the agonizing burdens endured by the woman at the heart of the story. Naamah is a parable for our time: a provocative fable of body, spirit, and resilience.

 

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

All of them but, in particular, Naamah and the angel

 

Sarah Blake is the recipient of a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her writing has appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Threepenny Review, Slice, and elsewhere.

In Lot’s Wife: An Erotic Retelling, by Rosalind Chase, the ancient biblical story of the destruction of Sodom is re-examined and re-imagined. No longer a symbol of female weakness and disobedience, Lot’s Wife is a woman who discovers her own sexual power, a mother who must protect her daughters and, in the end, a proud citizen of a doomed city. Every step along the way brings her closer to the moment she will make a choice. We all know how this story ends: with a backward glance and a pillar of salt. But that’s Lot’s version of the story, isn’t it?

 

Names of bisexual/bi+ characters or characters in the bisexual ballpark:
The Protagonist (Lot’s Wife), Kali, Nasha, The Third Lover

 

Rosalind Chase, author of Lot’s Wife and From Darkest Seas, writes romantic magical realism and Appalachian gothic fiction. Originally from the mountains of North Carolina, she lives in Los Angeles.

Michael-David Gordon will emanate his considerable charm as our co-host and will preview a song from his first album as an individual artist. Gordon is a singer-songwriter and an actor. He is the frontman for several bands including the Meetles (a Beatles cover band) and the Apple Bonkers. He is working to put out his first two albums. 

Anne Heaton is a singer-songwriter and pianist who has captured audience imaginations for over fifteen years with her songs that are, by turns, “tender, barbed and spiritual” (Washington Post). She’s been featured by the New York Times Popcast, toured widely in North America and shared the stage with artists such as Jewel and jazz drummer Max Roach. She teaches at Berklee College of Music and is the founder of Soul Songs School online songwriting program. She loves coffee, Lake Michigan and being a mom to two freethinking daughters. She lives in Milwaukee. www.anneheaton.com

Colonize Me by Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley From Nippon refugee who America caged. From Onondaga son who America imprisoned, who they couldn't board into whiteness. From Rust Belt trailers. From two wheelbarrow factory workers. From PA to LA to MIA to out here in West Baltimore. From counting every penny to carving the love of poems. From unheard prayers & these answered dreams. We are here. I am here. I am alive. Colonize me.

 

Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley belongs to the Onondaga Nation of Indigenous Americans in New York. He is the author of three books debuting 2018, 2019, and 2020: Not Your Mama’s Melting Pot (University of Nebraska Press), Colonize Me (Saturnalia Books), and Dēmos (Milkweed Editions). Ben is recipient of the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Kundiman, and Tickner Fellowships. 

Host Sheela Lambert is Director of the Bisexual Book Awards and the Bi Writers Association. She is editor of Best Bi Short Stories and is working on the first Anthology of Bisexual Poetry.

Out of the Shade by S.A. McAuley

Jesse Solomona has always tried to be the perfect straight guy. That he hooks up with just as many men as he does women is a secret Jesse's been hiding for years, fearful of losing his family and tight group of friends. When Chuck joins one of the Kensington boys' community center sports leagues, Jesse's self-imposed rules are systematically demolished. But there's one barrier Jesse can't find the strength to break through—coming out to the other Kensington boys. Chuck is damaged by his past. Jesse is frightened about his future. But, together, they may just be able to come out of the shade.

 

Names of bisexual/bi+ characters or characters in the bisexual ballpark: Jesse Solomona (main character), Lila (side character)

 

Sam McAuley is a wandering LGBTQ author who sleeps little and reads a lot. Happiest in a foreign country. Twitchy when not mentally in motion. Her name is Sam, not Sammy, definitely not Samantha. She’s a dark/cynical/jaded person, but hides that darkness well behind her obsession(s) with shiny objects.

From Psychoanalytic Bisexuality to Bisexual Psychoanalysis: Desiring in the Real, by Esther Rapoport, PsyD


This is the first book to assess bisexuality through a range of psychoanalytic and critical perspectives, highlighting both the issues faced by bisexual people in contemporary society and the challenges that can be presented by bisexual clients within a clinical setting. Examining bisexuality through the lenses of Lacanian, Winnicottian and Relational psychoanalytic theories, the book outlines the ways in which the concept is at once both dated and yet still tremendously important. It includes case studies to explore the issue of widespread countertransference responses in the clinical setting, in addition to using both bisexual theory and empirical research on biphobia to comment on the social pressures facing bisexual men and women, and the resultant psychological effects. Bisexual identities and practices have become increasingly visible in recent years, and this important book addresses the lack of critical reckoning with the topic within the psychoanalytic community. 

 

Esther Rapoport, Psy.D, is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalytic candidate maintaining a full-time practice in Tel Aviv. She teaches and lectures widely in professional and academic settings around Israel issues on topics of sexuality, gender and culture in psychoanalytic work and on culturally sensitive clinical work with LGBT clients. She is active in the relational psychoanalytic community. 

Robin Renée is a performing songwriter, writer, and an organizer in the bisexual and polyamory communities. Robin’s recordings include In Progress, All Six Senses, Live Devotion, spirit.rocks.sexy, This., and “All I Am.” Along with Wendy Sheridan and Mary McGinley, Robin Renée co-hosts The Leftscape, a podcast dedicated to exploring politics, culture, and conversation through a progressive lens. robinrenee.com, leftscape.com  

Deposing Nathan, by Zack Smedley: 

For sixteen years, Nate was the perfect son―the product of a no-nonsense upbringing and deep spiritual faith. Then he met Cam, who pushed him to break rules, dream, and accept himself. Conflicted, Nate began to push back. With each push, the boys became more entangled in each others' worlds...but they also spiraled closer to their breaking points. And now all of it has fallen apart after a fistfight-turned-near-fatal-incident―one that's left Nate with a stab wound and Cam in jail. Now Nate is being ordered to give a statement, under oath, that will send his best friend to prison. The problem is, the real story of what happened between them isn't as simple as anyone thinks. With all eyes on him, Nate must make his confessions about what led up to that night with Cam...and in doing so, risk tearing both of their lives apart.

 

Names of bisexual/bi+ characters or characters in the bisexual ballpark: Nate Copeland and Cameron (Cam) Haynes

 

Zack Smedley grew up in Maryland, in an endearing county almost nobody has heard of. He has a degree in Chemical Engineering from UMBC and currently works within the field. As a member of the LGBT community, his goal is to give a voice to marginalized young adults through gritty, morally complex narratives.

Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells

Raised among the ruins of a conquered mountain nation, Maren dreams only of sharing a quiet life with her girlfriend Kaia—until the day Kaia is abducted by the Aurati, prophetic agents of the emperor, and forced to join their ranks. Desperate to save her, Maren hatches a plan to steal one of the emperor’s coveted dragons and storm the Aurati stronghold. If Maren is to have any hope of succeeding, she must become an apprentice to the Aromatory—the emperor’s mysterious dragon trainer. But Maren is unprepared for the dangerous secrets she uncovers: rumors of a lost prince, a brewing rebellion, and a prophecy that threatens to shatter the empire itself. Not to mention the strange dreams she’s been having about a beast deep underground…With time running out, can Maren survive long enough to rescue Kaia from impending death? Or could it be that Maren is destined for something greater than she could have ever imagined?

 

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

Maren ben Gao

 

Rebecca Kim Wells grew up in California before moving east in search of crisp autumns and snowy winters. When not writing, she works at a fiercely independent bookstore in Massachusetts and spends too much time singing along to musicals. Shatter the Sky is her debut novel. Learn more at RebeccaWellsWrites.com.

Three for All by Elia Winters
When Geoff starts fantasizing about bringing a woman into bed with his husband Patrick, he has to admit that he’s trying to appease his curiosity. For Lori, finally ready to move out of small-town Mapleton, there seems to be little harm in a fling, even a fling with her sexy coworker and his husband. One night is never enough, though, and their chemistry together hints at the possibility of more than just an affair. The excitement of a new relationship makes Geoff and Patrick wonder if they’re just infatuated or destined for non-monogamy, but Lori’s future plans are pulling her away from both of them. Can a marriage survive when two people in love… both fall in love with someone else?


Names of bisexual/bi+ characters or characters in the bisexual ballpark: Geoff Robinson and Patrick Walsh

 

Elia Winters is a fat, tattooed, polyamorous bisexual who loves petting cats and fighting the patriarchy. She holds a Master’s degree in English Literature and writes geeky, kinky, cozy erotic romance. Elia lives in western Massachusetts with her loving husband and their weird pets. 

Save the Date!

Bisexual Book Awards Virtual Multi-Arts Reading Bi Visibility Week: Sat Sept 26, 7-9pm EDT

Confirmed performers below. Award-winner readings & live original music! All virtual, so join us from anywhere! More details will be added when confirmed. A link to our streamed program will be provided in Sept. Click any pic below for more info about author name, book category/status.

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 19, 2020

 

Bisexual Book Awards Announces Winners

 

New York NY: Winners and finalists of the Eighth Annual Bisexual Book Awards (BBA8), for books published in 2019, are announced today. Our categories this year include: 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.

 

Sadly, due to safety concerns regarding Covid 19, we had to forgo our annual Pride Month multi-arts reading and bisexual book awards ceremony. The Bi Writers Association (BWA) has organized an annual multi-arts reading for bi book authors beginning in 2007. That’s 11 years of multi-arts readings for authors travelling to New York City from all over the world including: California, Boston, Florida, Kentucky, Chicago, Michigan, Ohio, Seattle, Vermont, Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, etc.

 

“In 2013, books featuring bi+ characters and themes were still falling through the cracks,” says Sheela Lambert, Director of BWA and BBA, both volunteer-run organizations. “So the Bi Writers Association decided to launch its own Bisexual Book Awards, with the goal of providing more opportunities for books with bisexual/pansexual/fluid characters and content. Instead of one, two or zero categories for bi-themed books found in other book awards: this year we provided a wide-range of 11 categories for them to compete in and gain recognition,” says Lambert.

 

The Bi Writers Association has been working since 2006 to create a place in the world for bisexual books. Due to our diligence, more books with bisexual themes and characters are written and published every year and we provide a way for them to be found.

 

Despite Covid 19, other news of the day and the disruption to their lives that they caused, our judges of the 11 book categories read and evaluated every book. They determined how well and how often each author addressed bisexual themes, as well as their general writing skills, before voting to determine finalists and winners. The two special categories were chosen by the director, in consultation with the judges.

 

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

 

Click here for list of winners and finalists for books published in 2019 or see below/attached.

 

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Eighth Annual Bisexual Book Awards

Winners & Finalists List: Books of 2019

{winners are bolded}

 

Non-Fiction

  • From Psychoanalytic Bisexuality to Bisexual Psychoanalysis: Desiring in the Real by Esther Rapoport, Routledge
  • Under the Bisexual Umbrella: Diversity of Identity and Experience edited by Corey E. Flanders, Routledge

 

Memoir/Biography 

  • In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado, Graywolf Press
  • Sorted by Jackson Bird, Tiller Press / Simon & Schuster

 

Fiction

  • Attraction by Ruby Porter, Text Publishing
  • Naamah by Sarah Blake, Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House
  • Northern Lights by Raymond Strom, Simon & Schuster 
  • Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson, Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House
  • Small Silent Things by Robin Page, Harper Perennial/HarperCollins 

 

Romance: Tie

  • All the Better Part of Me by Molly Ringle, Central Avenue 
  • Out of the Shade by S.A. McAuley / Independently Published
  • Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston, St. Martin’s Griffin / Macmillan 
  • Return by Rowan Shaw, Independently Published 

 

Erotic Fiction

  • Lot’s Wife: An Erotic Retelling by Rosalind Chase, Under Hill Press
  • Three For All by Elia Winters, Cecaelia Press
  • We Three: One and One and One Makes Three by Lara Zielinsky, Supposed Crimes

 

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

  • Monster of the Week by FT Lukens, Duet Books / Interlude Press
  • Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells, Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster

 

Teen/Young Adult Fiction

  • Deposing Nathan by Zack Smedley, Page Street Kids
  • Monster of the Week by FT Lukens, Duet Books / Interlude Press
  • The Mover by JC Garton, Riversong Books / Sulis International 

 

Mystery

  • Blood & Bitcoin by L.A. Witt, Independently Published
  • Burying the Dead by Georgette Gouveia, JMS Books

 

Poetry

  • A Sand Book by Ariana Reines, Tin House Books 
  • turn around BRXGHT XYXS by Rosebud Ben-Oni, Get Fresh Books
  • Why I Never Finished My Dissertation by Laura Foley, Headmistress Press

 

Publisher of the Year

  • Routledge
  • Simon & Schuster

 

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

  • Sarah Blake, Naamah, Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House
  • Rosalind Chase, Lot’s Wife: An Erotic Retelling, Under Hill Press
  • Corey E. Flanders editor, Under the Bisexual Umbrella: Diversity of Identity and Experience, Routledge
  • Casey McQuiston, Red, White & Royal Blue, St. Martin’s Griffin / Macmillan 
  • Rebecca Kim Wells, Shatter the Sky, Books for Young Readers / Simon & Schuster

{As always, please let us know if you find any mistakes in this posting.}

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! 

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.

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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Folk musician Peggy Seeger, our Bi Writer of the Year for 2017 books, holds her 2 statuettes: winner 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.

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:

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.

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.

 

 

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.)

 

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

Performers for Fifth Annual Bisexual Book Awards displaying their books.

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

Fifth Annual

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.

         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 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

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!

Third Annual 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

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

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.

Third Annual Bisexual Book Awards Finalist Book Cover Photos                   *click photos to enlarge 

Photos from Second Annual Bisexual Book Awards: Sat May 31, 2014

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