June 7, 2018

The 30th Annual Lambda Literary Awards


The Thirtieth Annual Lambda Literary Awards were held this past Monday at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing arts in New York City. Comedian Kate Clinton served as host. Among those awarded were Roxane Gay, Edmund White, Carmen Maria Machado, John Rechy, Barbara Browning, CAConrad, and Rosamond S. King. The list of presenters this year was, as in other years, brimming with notable names: Alison Bechdel (Fun Home), Rebecca Solnit (Men Explain Things to Me), Pamela Sneed (award-winning poet), Kate Bornstein (iconic trans activist and writer), and more.

Highlights from the ceremony included Rick Whitaker introducing Edmund White entirely using sentences from White’s work; Roxane Gay offering in a heartfelt speech, “I want queer writers to create the work that they want to put into the world”; and the final remarks from Tony Valenzuela, who, after nine years as Lambda Literary’s Executive Director, said that “despite our continued challenges, you have a community through Lambda Literary that has your back.” Sue Landers will assume the role going forward.

A full list of winners below:


Lesbian Fiction
Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado, Graywolf Press

Gay Fiction
After the Blue Hour, John Rechy, Grove Press

Bisexual Fiction
The Gift, Barbara Browning, Coffee House Press

Bisexual Nonfiction
Hunger, Roxane Gay, HarperCollins

Transgender Fiction
Transcendent 2: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction, Bogi Takács (ed), Lethe Press

LGBTQ Nonfiction
How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Haymarket Books

Transgender Nonfiction
Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity, C. Riley Snorton, University of Minnesota Press

Lesbian Poetry
Rock | Salt | Stone, Rosamond S. King, Nightboat Books

Gay Poetry
While Standing in Line for Death, CA Conrad, Wave Books

Transgender Poetry
recombinant, Ching-In Chen, Kelsey Street Press

Lesbian Mystery
Huntress, A.E. Radley, Heartsome Publishing

Gay Mystery
Night Drop, Marshall Thornton, Kenmore Books

Lesbian Memoir/Biography
The Fact of a Body, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, Flatiron Books

Gay Memoir/Biography
Lives of Great Men: Living and Loving as an African Gay Man, Chike Frankie Edozien, Team Angelica Publishing

Lesbian Romance
Tailor-Made, Yolanda Wallace, Bold Strokes Books

Gay Romance
Love and Other Hot Beverages, Laurie Loft, Riptide Publishing

LGBTQ Erotica
His Seed, Steve Berman, Unzipped Books

LGBTQ Anthology
¡Cuéntamelo! Oral Histories by LGBT Latino Immigrants, Juliana Delgado Lopera, Aunt Lute Books

LGBTQ Children’s/Young Adult
Like Water, Rebecca Podos, Balzer + Bray

The Gulf, Audrey Cefaly, Samuel French

LGBTQ Graphic Novels
My Favorite Thing is Monsters, Emil Ferris, Fantagraphics Books

Autonomous, Annalee Newitz, Tor Books

LGBTQ Studies
Punishing Disease: HIV and the Criminalization of Sickness, Trevor Hoppe, University of California Press



Michael Seidlinger is the Library and Academic Marketing Manager at Melville House.