August 22, 2007

Carrying The Word

A great profile and must-read on writers and publishing heroes Steven G. Fullwood and Lisa C. Moore in the current issue of Time Out New York:

Time Out New York: Color Treatments | A vast new bibliography presents black gay lit from Aab-Richards to Zirin - By Beth Greenfield

"We are what we write; we become what we read."

So begins the first-of-its-kind Carry the Word: A Bibliography of Black LGBTQ Books, which lists nearly 700 titles in varying genres. Compiled by co-publishers Steven G. Fullwood and Lisa C. Moore, as well as writer-librarian Reginald Harris (whose soulful intro opens the book with that sentence above), the new bibliography covers a wide scope of topics and time periods from within black gay history and culture.

"We pretty much included the universe," says Fullwood, an archivist for the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, where he founded its Black Gay and Lesbian Archive. "I got tired of people telling me, 'I want to read Black LGBT same-gender-loving books, but I don't know any of the titles.' This is an answer to that." Fullwood's own three-year-old Vintage Entity Press joined with Moore's Washington, D.C.-based RedBone Press to publish Carry the Word, and proceeds from its sale will directly benefit Fire & Ink, an advocacy organization for LGBTQ writers of African descent (currently headed by Fullwood and Moore). Their hope is that the bibliography will be helpful to individuals and book providers alike.

The article includes a photograph from Donald Andrew Agarrat

Posted by ronn at August 22, 2007 10:32 PM

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