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    Here are the finalists for the 2022 Lambda Literary Awards.

    Jessie Gaynor

    March 16, 2022, 1:08pm

    Yesterday, Lambda Literary announced the finalists for its annual Lammy Awards, which recognize and celebrate the best queer fiction and nonfiction published in the last year.

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    The Lammys—now in their 34th year—are awarded across 24 categories—Lesbian Fiction, Gay Fiction, Bisexual Fiction, Transgender Fiction, Bisexual Nonfiction, Transgender Nonfiction, LGBTQ Nonfiction, Lesbian Poetry, Gay Poetry, Bisexual Poetry, Transgender Poetry, Lesbian Memoir/Biography, Gay Memoir/Biography, Lesbian Romance, Gay Romance, LGBTQ Anthology, LGBTQ Children’s/Middle Grade, LGBTQ Young Adult, LGBTQ Comics, LGBTQ Drama, LGBTQ Erotica, LGBTQ Mystery, LGBTQ Speculative Fiction, LGBTQ Studies—by a panel of over 60 literary professionals from more than 2,300 book submissions (a record high).

    The winners will be announced on June 11, 2022.

    Congratulations to all!

    2022 Lambda Literary Award Finalists

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    LESBIAN FICTION

    Venita Blackburn, How to Wrestle a Girl
    Lauren Groff, Matrix
    Mia McKenzie, Skye Falling
    Kirstin Valdez Quade, The Five Wounds
    Kristen Arnett, With Teeth

    GAY FICTION

    Brontez Purnell, 100 Boyfriends
    Selva Almada, Brickmakers: A Novel, translated by Annie McDermott
    Jaime Cortez, Gordo
    Yang Huang, My Good Son
    Paul Mendez, Rainbow Milk

    BISEXUAL FICTION

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    SJ Sindu, Blue-Skinned Gods
    Melissa Broder, Milk Fed: A Novel
    Tiphanie Yanique, Monster in the Middle
    Jen Silverman, We Play Ourselves
    Alix Ohlin, We Want What We Want

    TRANSGENDER FICTION

    Callum Angus, A Natural History of Transition
    Torrey Peters, Detransition, Baby
    Megan Milks, Margaret and the Mystery of the Missing Body
    Shelley Parker-Chan, She Who Became the Sun 
    Jeanne Thornton, Summer Fun

    BISEXUAL NONFICTION

    Aisha Sabatini Sloan, Borealis
    Hasanthika Sirisena, Dark Tourist: Essays
    Jen Winston, Greedy: Notes from a Bisexual Who Wants Too Much
    Daisy Hernández, The Kissing Bug: A True Story of a Family, an Insect, and a Nation’s Neglect of a Deadly Disease 
    Courtney Cook, The Way She Feels: My Life on the Borderline in Pictures and Pieces

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    TRANSGENDER NONFICTION

    Da’Shaun Harrison, Belly of the Beast: The Politics of Anti-Fatness as Anti-Blackness
    Francisco Galarte, Brown Trans Figurations: Rethinking Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Chicanx/Latinx Studies
    Ivan Coyote, Care Of: Letters, Connections, and Cures
    Alicia Spencer-Hall and Blake Gutt, Trans and Genderqueer Subjects in Medieval Hagiography
    Lucie Fielding, Trans Sex: Clinical Approaches to Trans Sexualities and Erotic Embodiments

    LGBTQ NONFICTION

    Akwaeke Emezi, Dear Senthuran
    Adam Zmith, Deep Sniff: A History of Poppers and Queer Futures
    Melissa Febos, Girlhood
    Sarah Schulman, Let the Record Show
    Kazim Ali, Northern Light: Power, Land, and the Memory of Water

    LESBIAN POETRY

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    Rosamond S. King, All the Rage
    Tamiko Beyer, Last Days
    Grace Lau, The Language We Were Never Taught to Speak
    Donika Kelly, The Renunciations: Poems
    Arisa White, Who’s Your Daddy

    GAY POETRY

    Nicholas Wong,Besiege Me
    Michael Walsh, Creep Love
    John Keene, Punks: New & Selected Poems
    Miguel Murphy, Shoreditch
    Derrick Austin, Tenderness

    BISEXUAL POETRY

    Aurielle Marie, Gumbo Ya Ya
    Muriel Leung, Imagine Us, The Swarm
    CM Burroughs, Master Suffering
    Paige Quiñones, The Best Prey
    Jackie Wang, The Sunflower Cast a Spell to Save Us from the Void

    TRANSGENDER POETRY

    Mason J, Crossbones on My Life
    Dani Putney, Salamat sa Intersectionality
    Lindsay Choi, Transverse
    Andrea Abi-Karam, Villainy
    Raquel Salas Rivera, x/ex/exis

    LESBIAN MEMOIR/BIOGRAPHY

    Grace Perry, The 2000s Made Me Gay: Essays on Pop Culture 
    Leslie Cohen, The Audacity of a Kiss: Love, Art, and Liberation
    Jonathan Ned Katz, The Daring Life and Dangerous Times of Eve Adams
    Sophie Santos, The One You Want to Marry (And Other Identities I’ve Had): A Memoir
    Adele Bertei, Why Labelle Matters

    GAY MEMOIR/BIOGRAPHY

    Rajiv Mohabir, Antiman: A Hybrid Memoir
    John Paul Brammer, Hola Papi
    Peter Staley, Never Silent: ACT UP and My Life in Activism
    Brian Broome, Punch Me Up to the Gods: A Memoir
    Luis Felipe Fabre, Writing with Caca / Escribir con Caca, translated by JD Pluecker.

    LESBIAN ROMANCE

    Jae, Chemistry Lessons
    E. J. Noyes, Go Around
    Haley Cass, In the Long Run
    Gerri Hill, Red Tide at Heron Bay
    Milena McKay, The Headmistress

    GAY ROMANCE

    Sander Santiago, Best of the Wrong Reasons
    John Patrick, Dublin Bay
    Larry Benjamin, Excellent Sons: A Love Story in Three Acts
    Lance Ringel, Floridian Nights
    Farhad J. Dadyburjor, The Other Man

    LGBTQ ANTHOLOGY

    Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, Between Certain Death and a Possible Future: Queer Writing on Growing Up with the AIDS Crisis
    Briona Simone Jones, Mouths of Rain: An Anthology of Black Lesbian Thought
    Martin F. Manalansan IV, Alice Y. Hom, and Kale Bantigue Fajardo, Q & A: Voices from Queer Asian North America
    Kemi Adeyemi, Kareem Khubchandani, and Ramón H. Rivera-Servera, Queer Nightlife
    Editors: Leanna Keyes, Lindsey Mantoan, and Angela Farr Schiller; Playwrights: Leanna Keyes, Azure D. Osborne-Lee, Ty Defoe, MJ Kaufman, Raphaël Amahl Khouri, j. Chavez, Sharifa Yasmin, and Mashuq Mushtaq Deen, The Methuen Drama Book of Trans Plays

    LGBTQ CHILDREN’S/MIDDLE GRADE

    JR and Vanessa Ford, Calvin
    Ashley Herring Blake, Hazel Bly and the Deep Blue Sea
    Charlotte Sullivan Wild, illustrated by Charlene Chua, Love, Violet
    Rob Sanders, Stitch by Stitch: Cleve Jones and the AIDS Memorial Quilt
    Basil Sylvester and Kevin Sylvester, The Fabulous Zed Watson!

    LGBTQ YOUNG ADULT

    Adiba Jaigirdar, Hani And Ishu’s Guide To Fake Dating
    Aden Polydoros, The City Beautiful
    A. R. Capetta, The Heartbreak Bakery
    Isaac Fitzsimons, The Passing Playbook
    Linsey Miller, What We Devour

    LGBTQ COMICS

    Crystal Frasier and Val Wise, lettering by Oscar O. Jupiter, Cheer Up! Love and Pompoms
    Syan Rose, Our Work Is Everywhere: An Illustrated Oral History of Queer & Trans Resistance
    Written by Hiromi Goto; illustrated by Ann Xu, Shadow Life
    Lee Lai, Stone Fruit
    Kat Leyh, Thirsty Mermaids

    LGBTQ DRAMA

    aniel Alexander Jones, Love Like Light
    storäe michele, mama [rose.]
    R. Eric Thomas, Mrs. Harrison
    Kheven LaGrone, Pillow Talk
    L M Feldman, Thrive, or What You Will {an epic}

    LGBTQ EROTICA

    Tab Kimpton and Jade Sarson, Ambrosia: Trans Masc and Non Binary Erotic Comics Anthology
    Samuel R. Delany, Big Joe
    Tab Kimpton and Harry-Anne Bentley, Nectar: Trans Femme and Non Binary Erotic Comics Anthology
    MJ Lyons, Queer Werewolves Destroy Capitalism: Smutty Stories
    Levi Huxton, The Lodger, That Summer

    LGBTQ MYSTERY

    P.J. Vernon, Bath Haus
    Jennifer Hanlon Wilde, Finding the Vein
    Michael Nava, Lies With Man
    Stephen Spotswood, Murder Under Her Skin
    John Copenhaver, The Savage Kind

    LGBTQ SPECULATIVE FICTION

    Arkady Martine, A Desolation Called Peace
    Honni van Rijswijk, Breeder
    Cadwell Turnbull, No Gods, No Monsters
    Olivia Tapiero, Phototaxis, translated by Kit Schluter
    Neon Yang, The Tensorate Series

    LGBTQ STUDIES

    Gila Ashtor, Homo Psyche: On Queer Theory and Erotophobia
    C. Winter Han, Racial Erotics: Gay Men of Color, Sexual Racism, and the Politics of Desire
    Leah DeVun, The Shape of Sex
    Howard Chiang, Transtopia in the Sinophone Pacific
    Anna Lvovsky, Vice Patrol: Cops, Courts, and the Struggle over Urban Gay Life before Stonewall 

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