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!
Lady Business: A Celebration of Lesbian Poetry
$16.95 – 146 Pages
Release Date: August 14, 2012
Featuring Cover Art by Bil Donovan
It’s our Sapphic sisters turn to shine! In the spirit of Assaracus comes Lady Business: A Celebration of Lesbian Poetry, featuring some of the most talented and diverse voices from established and emerging female poets, including Sally Bellerose, Brit Blalock, Cassandra Christenson, Marty Correia, Teresa De La Cruz, Julie R. Enszer, Gina R. Evers, Andy Izenson, Ronna Magy, Mary Meriam, Maureen Seaton, and Jan Steckel. Cover art by Bil Donovan.
Sally Bellerose is author of The Girls Club (Bywater Books, September 2011). She was awarded a Fellowship in Literature from the National Endowment for the Arts based on an excerpt from this novel. The manuscript won the Bywater Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for the James Jones Fellowship, the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize, and the Bellwether Endowment. Sally is also a poet who loves rhythm, story, and language. Her poems and prose usually involve themes of sexuality, illness, and class. In writing, she is interested in messy, confusing, complicated relationships. She is also drawn to humor and transcendence. She has published one volume of poetry titled Sex Crimes. Her poems have appeared in numerous and diverse publications ranging from a text book titled A Call to Nursing to Boston Literary Review.
Brit Blalock recently completed her MFA in poetry at New York University. Her work has previously appeared or is forthcoming in Booth, Blood Orange Review, Argos Books’ Little Anthology, and more. Blalock is originally from the Alabama gulf coast.
Cassandra Christenson’s work has been published in My Life Is Poetry, E-33, Writings from Emeritus and The Chronicles. As a registered nurse, Cassandra founded Project Nightlight for those alone and nearing the end of life. She is 76, has a 50-year-old daughter, and is grateful to have come out as an older person after a turbulent life trying to be something she was not. She finds liberation in being herself. Read about Cassandra here.
Marty Correia is a fiction- and poetry-writing lesbian husband living in the East Village with arts activist Kate Conroy, her spouse of 15 years. Her work has appeared in small literary journals and she has read at Bluestockings Bookstore and Dixon Place. Studying fiction at NYU’s MFA program in Creative Writing, Marty is writing a novel about three generations of magicians from Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Teresa De La Cruz was born and raised in San Jose, California. She earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. She loves hockey, tortillas, and wine.
Julie R. Enszer is author of Handmade Love (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2010) and Sisterhood (Seven Kitchens Press, 2010). In 2011, she edited Milk and Honey: A Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry (A Midsummer Night’s Press). She earned an MFA from the University of Maryland and is currently enrolled in its PhD program in Women’s Studies.
Gina R. Evers’s work has appeared in Copper Nickel, shady side review, and the anthology One for the Road, and poems here have been featured in Bloom and In Capital Letters. She has been honored with a first prize and an honorable mention in IC View’s 2010 annual literary and arts contest. Also in 2010, the Lambda Literary Foundation named her as an Emerging LGBT Voice. Originally from Chicago, Gina now lives and works in Washington, DC.
Andy Izenson is a genderfluid queer law student, activist, and event planner living in New York City. She has been writing poetry since she figured out how to hold a pencil, and this is her first publication.
Ronna Magy is a lesbian senior who came onto the planet as the colors of World War II were fading from Detroit’s skyline and Sputnik orbited the skies. She began writing at mid-life. Her stories and poetry have appeared in journals and anthologies including: Sinister Wisdom; Best Lesbian Romance; My Life is Poetry; Hers 2; Love Shook My Heart II; Heatwave; and The Bilingual Review. She is the author of several English as a Second Language textbooks.
Mary Meriam is the editor of Lavender Review and the author of two poetry chapbooks, The Countess of Flatbroke and The Poet’s Zodiac. The poems published here have previously appeared in Ali Liebegott’s Faggot Dinosaur, Alimentum, Sixty-Six: The Journal of Sonnet Studies, Horizon Review, Phati’tude, OCHO, Chiron Review, Rhythm Poetry Magazine, and Light Quarterly.
Maureen Seaton has authored fourteen poetry collections, both solo and collaborative, including her latest, Genetics (Jackleg Press). She is a two-time Lambda Award winner—for a memoir, Sex Talks to Girls (University of Wisconsin Press, 2008, The Living Out Series), and for Furious Cooking (University of Iowa Press, 1996). Her other awards include the Publishing Triangle’s Audre Lorde Award, the Eighth Mountain Poetry Prize, the Society of Midland Authors Award, the Pushcart, and an NEA.
Jan Steckel is a physician who retired early, a bisexual and disability rights activist, and a poet and writer. Her Mixing Tracks (Gertrude Press, 2009) won the Gertrude Press fiction chapbook award for LGBT writers. Her chapbook The Underwater Hospital (Zeitgeist Press, 2006) won a Rainbow Award for lesbian and bisexual poetry. Her writing has appeared in Scholastic Magazine, Yale Medicine, Bellevue Literary Review, Harrington Lesbian Literary Quarterly, Anything That Moves, and elsewhere. She has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize. Her first full-length poetry book, The Horizontal Poet, is available from Zeitgeist Press.