Here’s the stellar line-up for The Ninth Annual Rainbow Book Fair, taking place April 29, 2017, at John Jay College.
N.B. Exhibitor names are listed alphabetically by first initial.
Amelia Faulkner was born in Thame, Oxfordshire, and sprouted upward in short order. The ground around Thame is reasonably mucky, especially in the winter, and she can’t be blamed for wanting to get away from it.
Raised on a steady diet of Star Trek and Doctor Who, Amelia stood no chance in not becoming a grade-A geek. She has sat on the board of the British Fantasy Society, contributed fiction and fluff to various published roleplaying games, and written non-fiction for SciFiNow and SFX Magazines. For every positive there is an equal and opposite negative, and Amelia is forced to admit that she loves Wild Wild West.
In her spare time she enjoys travel, photography, walking her Corgi, and trying to convince her friends to replay the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game with all the Goblins decks.
Antonia Aquilante has been making up stories for as long as she can remember and, at the age of twelve, decided she would be a writer when she grew up. After many years and a few career detours, she has returned to that original plan. Her stories have changed over the years, but one thing has remained consistent—they all end in happily ever after.
She has a fondness for travel (and a long list of places she wants to visit and revisit), taking photos, family history, fabulous shoes, baking treats that she shares with friends and family, and of course reading. She usually has at least two books started at once and never goes anywhere without her Kindle. Though she is a convert to eBooks, she still loves paper books the best, and there are a couple thousand of them residing in her home with her.
Born and raised in New Jersey, she is living there again after years in Washington, DC, and North Carolina for school and work. She enjoys being back in the Garden State but admits to being tempted every so often to run away from home and live in Italy.
Award-winning poet, playwright, author and gay-rights pioneer Perry Brass has published 19 books through Belhue Press, including poetry, novels, short fiction, science fiction, and advice books (“How to Survive Your Own Gay Life,” “The Manly Art of Seduction,” “The Manly Pursuit of Desire and Love”). He has been a finalist for a Ferro-Grumley Award and a 6 time-finalist for Lambda Literary Awards; he has won 5 IPPY Awards and other literary awards. He is a founding coordinator of The Rainbow Book Fair.
Bold Stroke Books
Bold Strokes Books offers a diverse collection of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer general and genre fiction. Our fiction includes romance, mystery/intrigue, crime, erotica, speculative fic (sci-fi/fantasy/horror), general fiction, and young adult. Since its inception in 2004, our mission has remained unchanged: to bring quality queer fiction to readers worldwide and to support committed authors in developing their craft and reaching an ever-growing community of readers via print, digital, and audio formats.
Brian Olsen is a science-fiction writer from New York City. He is the author of The Future Next Door, a contemporary urban science-fiction comedic thriller series, and Multiverse Mashup, a series of genre-bending adventure novels. He’s also written a number of short stories in less complicated genres, as well as numerous plays and sketches for the stage. He has an MFA from the Actors Studio, so if you need someone to cry on cue, just ask.
Brooklyn Arts Press
Brooklyn Arts Press is an independent press devoted to publishing new works by emerging writers & artists.
The Center Library
Founded in 1991 to encourage and facilitate the reading and research of LGBT literature, the Pat Parker/Vito Russo Center Library is named in honor of individuals who championed LGBT causes in their professional and personal lives. The Center Library is a lending library connected with others around the city, sponsor of a monthly reading group, and producer and/or collaborator for literary events of interest to the LGBT community.
“Darrell BlackandBlue” has a number of interconnected sites and businesses that feature parties, art events, vintage porn, used leather goods and nightlife and adult video production. “Darrell’s Attic” buys and sells adult-themed memorabilia and is proud to make its Rainbow Book Fair debut this year.
Bestselling gay romance author E. Davies grew up moving constantly, which taught him what people have in common, the ways relationships are formed, and the dangers of “miscellaneous” boxes. As a young gay author whose role models were characters punished for their sexuality, Ed prefers his stories lightly dramatic, full of optimism and hope.
Now out and proud, he writes full-time, goes on long nature walks, tries to fill his passport, drinks piña coladas on the beach, flees from cute guys, coos over fuzzy animals (especially bees), and is liable to tilt his head and click his tongue if you don’t use your turn signal.
I am in the process of transitioning from male to female (MTF) at the age of sixty. I would like to share with you my extraordinary life, not only because I am transgender, but because I am an international person who has lived in many countries, gone to some of the best schools in the world, worked at management levels within international companies, and had many different, wild, and wonderful experiences.
Mostly, I would like for you to understand what it means to be transgender, the courage it takes to become who we really are, and that we can be very positive people for society at large. Yes, transgender people have to go through many different challenges and dangers. I tried to escape my feelings all my life, and still, they found me. I am only one person. There are many men and women like me, with the same feelings and similar experiences. Though I have had a very blessed life, many other transgender people have very difficult ones, and for all of us, awareness is lifesaving. All I ask is that you open your eyes.
A budding collective/xerox chapbook press calling ourselves “The Enthusiast.” Participating writers, photographers and artists include Geoffrey Bridgman, Thain Torres, Jennifer Blowdryer, Katherine Finkelstein, and Peter Nolan Smith.
Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese
Racheline Maltese can fly a plane, sail a boat, and ride a horse, but has no idea how to drive a car; she’s based in Brooklyn. Erin McRae has a graduate degree in international affairs for which she focused on the role of social media in the Arab Spring; she’s based in Washington DC. Together, they write romance about fame and public life. Like everyone in the 21st century, they met on the Internet.
Joseph Anthony is a twenty-six-year-old writer from New Jersey. His is the author of four books: “An Uneaten Breakfast: Collected Stories and Poems”; a novel “The Alphabet of Dating”; the collection of short stories “Some College Somewhere”; and “poems of the modern gay boy.” Anthony’s writing has been featured in Lavender Review, HEArt, Eleventh Transmission, Five 2 One Magazine, The Corner Club Press, Yellow Chair Review, Scarlet Leaf Review, and Samsara, among others. He also runs the popular Instagram page: @gaypoetry. When he is not busy writing, Anthony works with elementary school children in New Jersey.
The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide
The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide is a bimonthly magazine of history, culture, and politics targeting an educated readership of GLBT men and women. The G&LR publishes essays in a wide range of disciplines as well as reviews of books, movies, and plays.
Discounted subscriptions and back Issues will be offered. If you’re a reader or a writer, be sure to stop by. The editor, Richard Schneider, and the director of advertising and business development, Stephen Hemrick, will both be there to greet you. Find out how you can get involved with this important publication!
Georgette Gouveia is the author of “Water Music” (Greenleaf Book Group) and her upcoming “The Penalty for Holding” (Less Than Three Press). Her novels are the first of her groundbreaking four-part series “The Games Men Play.” For more on her book series, as well as her inspired entries on all things sports, culture and sex, visit her blog at TheGamesMenPlay.com. By day, Georgette Gouveia is the editor-in-chief at WAG, a monthly luxury publication of Westfair Communications Inc. that has been named “Best Magazine” by the New York Press Association the last two years.
great weather for MEDIA
great weather for MEDIA focuses on the unpredictable, the fearless, the bright, the dark, and the innovative. We are based in New York City and showcase both national and international writers. As well as publishing the highest quality poetry and short prose, we organize numerous readings and events in New York and across the country.
Greg Fox is the artist/writer of the comic strip “Kyle’s Bed & Breakfast,” the ongoing story of a group of gay guys living in a B&B in a picturesque harbor town, full of romance, drama, intrigue, and sheer wackiness. The comic strip is currently syndicated to a variety of LGBT publications across North America, and widely read online at http://www.kylecomics.com, and on Facebook. Fox has published four book collections of Kyle’s B&B, the first of which was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist, and a collection of figure drawings, “Kyle’s B&B Presents: Drawings of Drew” featuring Kyle’s B&B character Drew Danvers. Fox currently resides in Northport, Long Island, New York, busily working on new episodes of Kyle’s B&B, and several other book projects for Sugar Maple Press.
Hans M. Hirschi
Great books deal with issues we can relate to, they tackle the big as well as the mundane questions facing humanity today, from parenting, family relationships, love, loss, but also difficult subjects like our environment, trafficking, abuse etc.
I write the kind of book I’d like to read myself, a book that makes me think, a book which takes sides, a book that leaves me in tears, a book that makes me laugh, and a book that makes me all warm and fuzzy inside when I’m done, or simply put, I write stories you’ll remember.
And since they all end on a positive, hopeful note, I guess that does make me the Queen of Unconventional Happy Endings…
Headmistress Press was co-founded by Mary Meriam and Risa Denenberg in 2013 and is an independent publisher of books of poetry by lesbians. As a small press, HP is dedicated to honoring lesbian existence, discovering a range of lesbian voices, and promoting lesbian representation in the arts.
Created by Brooklyn artist J. Morrison in 2010, HOMOCATS is a visual art project appropriating the modern popularity of the feline.
We aim to fight phobias, propose equal rights, combat cultural stereotypes, challenge social norms, and resist Trump.
Bestselling author Joe Cosentino was voted Favorite Mystery, Humorous, and Contemporary Author of 2015 by the readers of Divine Magazine for Drama Queen. He also wrote the other novels in the popular “Nicky and Noah” mystery series: Drama Muscle (Rainbow Award Honorable Mention) and Drama Cruise (Lethe Press); the “Dreamspinner Press” novellas: In My Heart/An Infatuation & A Shooting Star (Rainbow Award Honorable Mention), A Home for the Holidays, and The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland; the “Cozzi Cove” series: Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back (TBR Pile Book of the Month/Rainbow Award Honorable Mention), Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward, Cozzi Cove: Stepping Out, and Cozzi Cove: New Beginnings (NineStar Press); and the “Jana Lane” mysteries: Paper Doll, Porcelain Doll, Satin Doll, China Doll, Rag Doll (The Wild Rose Press). He has appeared in principal acting roles in film, television, and theatre, opposite stars such as Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Nathan Lane, Holland Taylor, and Jason Robards. Joe is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York, and is happily married. Joe was voted 2nd Place for Favorite LGBT Author of the Year in Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards. Releasing June 1: Drama Detective, the fourth “Nicky and Noah” mystery.
Interlude Press is a boutique publisher of award-winning novels featuring LGBTQ characters. It publishes Young Adult fiction under its imprint, Duet Books.
Johnny Williams is a novelist, a playwright, and sang in a very crappy band. Most of my work has been comedy. I used to be a standup comic, and even acted in improve. I lived in New Hope Pa, and NYC Loves bars and clubs, museums and coffee houses, old bookstores, and movies, leather and motorcycles, hippies and hipsters, jazz and rock.
Joseph Quaderer is a NYC-based writer, blogger and the founder of Goose Chronicles – a website that captures and shares the extraordinary stories that exist within ordinary people. As the founder of Goose Chronicles, Joseph meets people, listens to their stories and then writes and shares those stories with his audience. Each story is under 777 words long and collectively they explore the gamut of human emotions. He has interviewed everyone from decorated war Veterans to the families of Alzheimer’s patients to Syrian refugees. Joseph has written three novels based on his unique experiences around the world.
Joseph also volunteers at the United States Department of Veteran’s Affairs where he writes the stories’ of the veterans to help them cope with PTSD and give them a platform to share their thoughts and emotions with others. Finally, he is an International Advisory Board Member for M.C.E. Uganda, a non-profit based in Kampala, Uganda (where he used to live and work) that teaches practical life skills to the disenfranchised youth of Uganda and Rwanda.
Joseph has an undergraduate degree from Notre Dame University and a graduate degree from New York University.
The Lesley Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
The Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art is the first dedicated LGBTQ art museum in the world with a mission to exhibit and preserve LGBTQ art, and foster the artists who create it. The Leslie-Lohman Museum embraces the rich creative history of the LGBTQ art community by educating, informing, inspiring, entertaining, and challenging all who enter its doors.
Liz McMullen has had a passion for history and world religions since she was a little girl looking up at her Dad as he told her stories. She fed her addiction to politics, history, and mythology while at Mount Holyoke College and during her junior year abroad at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. She went backpacking around Europe, visiting all the places she had been reading about. Although her title as the Traveling Where’s Waldo of the family has been retired, her wanderlust lives on in her writing. Liz’s debut novel, If I Die Before I Wake, is a Rainbow Award Finalist. Liz and her co-author Shelia won a Goldie for their Young Adult novel, Finding Home. Finding Fire, book two in the series, is a truly bombastic and breathless adventure.
MadeMark Publishing is a boutique book and audiobook publisher based in New York City offering quality fiction and nonfiction to the reading and listening audience.
Writer. Lover. Activist. Inspiring. Random Acts of Loving Awesomeness.
Michael Night: The New York Cowboy
Michael Night, The New York Cowboy is the author of the Street Stories NYC series and a Queens, New York Native. Night began writing in 2012 after driving around New York City one evening. Night looked at the faces of people in the City and wondered what they were thinking. Were they happy, sad, lonely, lost, hurt, betrayed? Night was beckoned into the world of short stories where the Street Stories NYC series was born. Night writes fictional short stories about the various happenings that can occur in the Big Apple. To date, Night has written a 40-Book Collection of the Street Stories NYC series, some of which are: Street Stories NYC Ambulance Tales, Street Stories NYC Serial Killers, Street Stories NYC Domestic Violence, Street Stories NYC Yankee Stadium, Street Stories NYC The Morgue, Street Stories NYC Divorce Court.
When Night is not writing, he’s singing County Music with a New York “flavor” and a dash of “gospel”. Night is also a musical artist, singer and songwriter who has dared to be different by writing and singing songs that capture his passion for the vibrant sounds of Country Music. As a movie buff, Night’s favorite movies include: “Gone with the Wind,” “Forrest Gump,” and “The SpongeBob Movie.”
Neil Plakcy is the author of over thirty M/M romance and gay mystery novels. He lives in South Florida with his partner and two rambunctious golden retrievers.
New York Writers Workshop
New York Writers Workshop, by writers, for writers, since 2000. Workshops and conferences from NYC to Shanghai.
OR Books is a new type of publishing company. It embraces progressive change in politics, culture and the way we do business. “A radical, exciting response to Amazonian hegemony.” —Dazed
Other Sheep is an ecumenical Christian ministry that works worldwide for the full inclusion of LGBT people of faith within their respective faith traditions.
Richard Taylor Pearson is a triple threat: author, actor, and attorney. He grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he appeared in many plays and musicals. After graduating from Rhodes College, Richard went on to obtain a law degree from Rutgers School of Law. While he works as an attorney by day, his nights and weekends are spent writing novels and performing in theatrical events all over New York City. Richard lives in Jersey City with his husband, Brian, and their amazing daughter, Natalie.
Riverdale Avenue Books
Riverdale Avenue Books is an award winning, innovative hybrid publisher at the leading edge of the changes in the publishing industry. We publish e-books, print, and audio books under 11 imprints: Desire, an erotica/erotic romance imprint; Riverdale/Magnus the award-winning imprint of LGBT titles; Pop featuring pop culture titles; Afraid, a horror line; SFF, a science fiction fantasy line; Truth, an erotic memoir line; Dagger, a mystery thriller imprint; Sports and Gaming featuring sports and gaming titles; Verve featuring lifestyle titles; and Hera featuring both the true and fictional lives and loves of women aged 35 and up. Started in 2012 by industry veteran Lori Perkins, Riverdale is a full service publisher, with a foreign rights and film agency department.
Optimist. Veteran musical theater performer. Novelist. Russell Ricard http://www.russellricard.com writes character-driven fiction that celebrates diversity. He received his MFA in creative writing from The New School, and lives in Queens, NY with his husband, cat, and lovingly supportive stand up desk, Ruth.
The Truth About Goodbye is his debut novel. Is death really the final goodbye? Forty-year old New Yorker Sebastian begins to wonder when he believes his dead husband is warning him not to move on with another love.
“A warm, character-driven tale about moving on and embracing life.”
~ Kirkus Reviews
Available now on Amazon and wherever print and e-books are sold: http://amzn.to/2ptHd1T
Scott Depalma has a BA in Journalism and a MFA in Design. He has worked more than 20 years in the NYC consumer magazine industry. Grandson of a Ghost is his first novel.
The Song Cave
The Song Cave is dedicated to recovering a lost sensibility and creating a new one by publishing books of poetry, translations, art criticism, and making art prints and other related materials.
Sullivan Street Press
Deborah Emin is the author of the Scags Series, a set of 4 volumes (to be completed in 2018) about the life and growth of the eponymous character Scags who faces a number of challenges that help her learn who she is. The latest volume in the Series, Scags at 30, which came out in 2016, was awarded the Q Spirit’s Best LGBTQ Christian Books of 2016 sward.
In 2018 when the entire series is published, Scags will take on the identity of a writer and publish a number of political thrillers that are about the queer peers she works with to eviscerate the horrible rot that is within the soul of the American political system.
Teleidoscope: vintage book sales collaboration of Johnathan (JoMo) Morpurgo, Michael von Uchtrup, Transy House (Pine Hill Books), Adam Rosenberg (estate of Rick Shur), Steven Menendez, Dominic Vine, and Artemis Smith (Savant Guard Institute).
Vernon Clay is a celebrated author, whose work is a celebration of the taboo and different. His career started in his youth, creating comic strips and short stories for his school newspaper.
From there he has written and illustrated his own comic books, written movie reviews for SBC Magazine, and Short Stories for Advocate Magazine.
He has written in many genres, which shows in his past & present novels. His first novel Friends, Lovers, and Roses, was an African American work dealing with the LGBT community; and his second The Mist In Crest Hill County focuses on dealing and overcoming loss, in a fictional town dealing with death.
He lives in New York working on his next project (one with a focus on helping Authors-of Color to get the exposure they need).
A Wilder Bridge
A Wider Bridge is the North American LGBTQ organization building support for Israel and its LGBTQ community. A Wider Bridge builds personal rather than political relationships with Israel and LGBTQ Israelis, providing leaders, organizations and communities, both in Israel and North America, with opportunities for engagement, advocacy, and philanthropy.