ALA takes Burnings and Collective Brightness OVER THE RAINBOW

CONTACT: Bryan Borland, Publisher
PHONE: (870) 723-6008


The American Library Association has unveiled its 2012 “Over the Rainbow” list of noteworthy LGBT books published between July 1, 2010, and December 31, 2011, and of four poetry titles included, two were published by Sibling Rivalry Press.  

From the ALA website:

The committee’s mission is to create a bibliography of books that exhibit commendable literary quality and significant authentic lgbt content and are recommended for adults over age 18. It is not meant to be all inclusive,  but is intended as an annual core list for readers and librarians searching for recommendations of a cross-section of the year’s titles.

We proudly congratulate Ocean Vuong, author of Burnings, and Kevin Simmonds, editor of Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality, as well as the over 100 poets featured in Collective Brightness

Ocean Vuong
ISBN: 978-0578070599
Available in print or eBook

Poetry. Asian American Studies. LGBT Studies. The poems of BURNINGS explore refugee culture, be the speaker a literal refugee from a torn homeland, or a refugee from his own skin, burning with the heat of awakening eroticism. As two-time National Slam Champion Roger Bonair-Agard says: “Ocean manages to imbue the desperation of his being alive—with a savage beauty. It is not just that Ocean can render pain as a kind of loveliness, but that his poetic line will not let you forget the hurt or the garish brilliance of your triumph; will not let you look away. These poems shatter us detail by detail because Ocean leaves nothing unturned, because every lived thing in his poems demands to be fed by you; to nourish you in turn. You will not leave these poems dissatisfied. They will fill you utterly.”

Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality
Kevin Simmonds, Editor
ISBN: 978-0983293194 
Available in print

Poetry. LGBT Studies. The first anthology of its kind, with poets representing several countries (the United States, Singapore, Korea, Australia, the United Kingdom, India, Malaysia, Japan and elsewhere), COLLECTIVE BRIGHTNESS gathers over 100 established and emerging contemporary LGBTIQ poets writing from and about various faiths, religions and spiritual traditions. Says Rigoberto González of National Book Critics Circle, “COLLECTIVE BRIGHTNESS sheds a shining light on a journey that no longer takes place in the dark. The glory of holding Kevin Simmonds’s anthology in one’s hands is that it burns as the sacred text of our queer times: heavy with burden, luminous with hope.”


Located just outside of Little Rock, Arkansas, Sibling Rivalry Press develops, publishes, and promotes outlaw artistic talent. Our aim is to create literary and poetic rock stars. We are also home to Assaracus, the world’s only print journal devoted to contemporary gay poetry. Learn more at

Read the Announcement from ALA

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