Gay Life and Lit: Then and Now

A reading and panel on the state of gay literature. Featuring, from left to right, Paul Lisicky, Garth Greenwell, Brad Gooch, Darryl Pinckney, & Chris Bollen.

With experience spanning across decades, genres and styles, each of these men has a unique and compelling perspective on gay life and its expression in literature. They’ll discuss the remarkable evolution of the LGBT community in literature with a special emphasis on the more recent and transformative decades in our nation. Join us as each panelist gives us a taste of his most recent work and responds to each other’s readings, peeling layers back on topics of race, gender, art, history and literature.

Brad Gooch is the author of the acclaimed biographies City Poet and Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor (finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award), as well as other nonfiction and three novels. The recipient of National Endowment for the Humanities and Guggenheim fellowships, he earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University and is professor of English at William Paterson University in New Jersey.

Darryl Pinckney is a longtime contributor to The New York Review as well as a frequent contributor to Granta, Slate, and The Nation. He authored the acclaimed novel, High Cotton in 1992. His most recent novel, Black Deutschland, picks up where High Cotton left off, and was published in February 2016.

Garth Greenwell is the author of Mitko, which won the 2010 Miami University Press Novella Prize and was a finalist for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction and a Lambda Award. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, he holds graduate degrees from Harvard University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he was an Arts Fellow. His short fiction has appeared in The Paris Review and A Public Space. What Belongs to You is his first novel.

Paul Lisicky is the author of five books: The Narrow Door, Unbuilt Projects, The Burning House, Famous Builder, and Lawnboy. His work has appeared in the Atlantic, BuzzFeed, Conjunctions, Ecotone, Fence, The Offing, Ploughshares, Tin House, Unstuck, and in many other magazines and anthologies. He currently teaches in the MFA Program at Rutgers University-Camden, the low residency program at Sierra Nevada College, and at the Juniper Summer Writing Institute. He is the editor of StoryQuarterly and serves on the Writing Committee of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

Chris Bollen is Editor at Large at Interview Magazine, and was previously the editor on V Magazine. His work has appeared in GQ, the New York Times, New York Magazine, and Artforum, among others. His first novel, Lightning People, was published in 2011. His second novel, Orient, came out with Harper in May 2015.