One of our six Pushcart nominations, Ocean Vuong’s “Self-Portrait with Exit Wounds,” has won a Pushcart Prize and will be featured in the next Pushcart anthology. The poem first appeared in ASSARACUS ISSUE 08. Congratulations, Ocean!
FINALIST: Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry
FINALIST: Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry
The Anticipated Debut Collection of Poetry by Stephen S. Mills
“If you’re someone who’s ever gone home with a stranger, after reading He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices, you’ll feel lucky to be alive: unraped, unmurdered, uneaten.”
- Jeremy Halinen, author of What Other Choice
He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices
by Stephen S. Mills
100 Pages; $14.95
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ABOUT THE BOOK: Unable to accept complacency in suburban life, Stephen S. Mills transports himself to dank prison cells, international executions, and the minds of murderers that unravel through the kinky underbelly of America. He comes full-circle back to the bedroom of a young, gay couple whose everyday lives surprise us in a flawed and fascinating world. He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices channels the hushed tones, loving whispers, and lusty moans of a generation deluged in an unflinching, unending media assault that brings the best and worst of us to an exciting, terrifying proximity.
INFLUENCED BY AND SUGGESTED IF YOU ENJOY: “The Waste Land” by T.S. Eliot; The Collected Poems of Frank O’Hara; In Cold Blood by Truman Capote; “Hygiene” by Reginald Shepherd; “The Second Coming” by William Butler Yeats; Ka-Ching! by Denise Duhamel; What Narcissism Means to Me by Tony Hoagland; The House on Boulevard St.: New and Selected Poems by David Kirby.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stephen S. Mills holds an MFA from Florida State University. His poems have appeared in The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, PANK Literary Magazine, The New York Quarterly, The Antioch Review, The Los Angeles Review, Knockout, Ganymede, Poetic Voices Without Borders 2, Assaracus, New Mexico Poetry Review, Mary, and others. He is also the winner of the 2008 Gival Press Oscar Wilde Poetry Award.
STEPHEN IN HIS OWN WORDS:
I was born and raised in Richmond, Indiana, which is a small Midwest city on the Ohio line. Richmond is known as the RV capital of the world, yet somehow I became a poet and have never owned an RV. I lived in Richmond until I turned 18 and left for college. I attended a small liberal arts school called Hanover College. Hanover is located on the Ohio River in Southern Indiana. It’s a beautiful campus, but in the middle of nowhere. There I got a solid education in English literature and a minor in art. It was at Hanover that my love for poetry flourished and I began writing more and more. I served as the editor of the campus literary magazine for three years and helped organize readings and promote poetry on campus. I also met my partner, Dustin, at Hanover and together we ran the GLBT student group for two years.
After graduating, my partner and I moved to Tallahassee, Florida, for me to attend graduate school at Florida State University. At FSU I earned my MFA in creative writing. There I met great poets and pushed my own work to new levels. I worked closely with David Kirby and Erin Belieu, who both influenced and challenged me. I also spent my three years there teaching and fell in love with it.
In 2008, I graduated with my MFA and Dustin and I decided to move to Orlando, Florida, which is where we currently live. Our lives are now full of gay clubs, theme parks, and tourists, but I still write all the time. In the past four years, my work has continued to grow and surprise me. I’ve also gotten a good number of poems accepted in a wide range of both online and print journals.
My work addresses sexuality, gender, relationships, and our internal worlds and desires. I also love pop culture and love to incorporate it into my work. This is evident in many of my poems including a series devoted to Brad Pitt films. My poems are narrative and range in length. Frank O’Hara is my hero and a huge influence on my work as is Tony Hoagland, Richard Tayson, Carl Phillips, and Jack Spicer.
I love gin, 90s music, dancing, and firmly believe Six Feet Under is the best show ever written or created.