Readers Bios

Sibling Rivalry Press Showcase

KAI COGGIN is a poet, author, and teaching artist from Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas. She is the author of three full-length collections, Periscope Heart (Swimming with Elephants), Wingspan (Golden Dragonfly Press), and Incandescent (Sibling Rivalry Press), as well as a spoken word album called Silhouette (2017). More info can be found at
COLLIN KELLEY is the author of the American Library Association-honored poetry collection Render (Sibling Rivalry Press), as well as Better To Travel (Poetry Atlanta Press) and a chapbook, Slow To Burn (Seven Kitchens Press). Sibling Rivalry Press is also the publisher of his acclaimed Venus Trilogy of novels. For more, visit
MICHAEL KLEIN is the author of multiple books of poetry and prose including When I Was a Twin from Sibling Rivalry Press. He is a five-time Lambda Literary Award finalist and has won the award twice. He lives in New York with his husband, Andrew, and their dog, Ruby. For more, visit
STEPHEN S. MILLS is the author of the Lambda Award-winning book He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices and A History of the Unmarried, both from Sibling Rivalry Press. He earned his MFA from Florida State University and is winner of both the 2008 Gival Press Oscar Wilde Poetry Award and the 2014 Christopher Hewitt Award for Fiction. For more, visit
ROBERT SIEK is the author of the poetry collections We Go Seasonal and Purpose and Devil Piss, both from Sibling Rivalry Press, and the chapbook Clubbed Kid (New School University, 2002). He lives in Brooklyn and works at a large publishing house in Manhattan. Follow him on Instagram at @robertsiekpoet.

Riverdale Avenue Books Showcase

Laura Antoniou is the author of The Killer Wore Leather (which won the Pauline Reage Novel Award and the Rainbow Award, and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award) and the creator of the ground-breaking, bestselling (over 400,000 books sold) “Marketplace” series of books about an underground BDSM society. Originally published under the name Sara Adamson, the first three Marketplace books became instant classics, “must reads” for anyone discovering bondage for the first time, and various volumes have been published in Germany, Japan, Korea, and Israel. She has also edited several anthologies of erotic fiction, including Leatherwomen and Some Women. Her short stories have appeared in Best Lesbian Erotica, SM Classics, Once Upon a Time, and many other anthologies. She can be found on Patreon at

Maitland McDonagh has written for publications ranging from Film Comment to Entertainment Weekly. She was a senior editor, co-founded Columbia Film View and created 120 Books—now a Riverdale Avenue Books imprint–to republish vintage gay-pulp fiction

S. Chris Shirley is an award-winning writer/director and former President of the Board of Lambda Literary. His debut novel, Playing by the Book, was the first coming out novel to win a National IPPY Medal in religious fiction. He directed Roger Kuhn’s music video, “What’s Your Name,” which aired nationally in the US and made the annual MTV-Logo Top 10.  He also wrote/directed “Plus,” an award-winning short film that played at film festivals internationally.

Chris graduated from Auburn University where he served as photo editor of The Auburn Plainsman. He later received a graduate degree from Columbia University and studied filmmaking at New York University. He was born and raised in Greenville, Alabama and now resides in Manhattan.

Cecilia Tan is “simply one of the most important writers, editors, and innovators in contemporary American erotic literature,” according to Susie Bright. Her BDSM romance novel Slow Surrender (Hachette/Forever, 2013) won the RT Reviewers Choice Award in Erotic Romance and the Maggie Award for Excellence from the Georgia Romance Writers.  Her books include the ground-breaking erotic short story collections Black Feathers (HarperCollins), White Flames (Running Press), and Edge Plays (Circlet Press), and the erotic romances Slow Surrender, Slow Seduction, and Slow Satisfaction (Hachette/Forever), The Prince’s Boy (Circlet Press), and The Hot Streak (Riverdale Avenue Books). Her short stories have appeared in Ms. Magazine, Nerve, Best American Erotica, Asimov’s Science Fiction, and tons of other places. She was inducted into the Saints & Sinners Hall of Fame for GLBT writers in 2010, was a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Leather Association in 2004, and won the inaugural Rose & Bay Awards for Best Fiction in 2010 for her crowdfunded web fiction serial Daron’s Guitar Chronicles. She lives in the Boston area with her lifelong partner corwin and three cats. Find out more at

Bold Strokes Books Showcase

Ann Aptaker. Native New Yorker Ann Aptaker’s first book, Criminal Gold, was a Golden Crown Literary Society Goldie Award finalist. Her next book, Tarnished Gold (Book Two in the Cantor Gold Crime Series), was honored with a Lambda Literary Award and a Goldie Award. Told from the point of view of a dapper, custom-tailored lesbian art thief and smuggler, and set in mid-20th century New York, the Cantor Gold series resurrects the outlaw spirit of lesbian life, its daring and sensuality.
Ann’s short stories have appeared in two editions of the crime anthology Fedora, edited by award-winning crime author Michael Bracken. Her flash fiction story, “A Night In Town,” appeared in the online zine Punk Soul Poet, and another flash fiction story is included in the anthology Happy Hours: Our Lives in Gay Bars, edited by Lee Lynch and Renée Bess. Ann still occasionally curates and designs art exhibitions, is an art writer for various New York clients and a contributing writer to the children’s science television show Space Racers, and is an adjunct professor of art and art history at the New York Institute of Technology.

Christian Baines. Australian Author Christian Baines has written on travel, theatre, and various aspects of gay life. Some of his stranger thoughts have spawned novels, including The Arcadia Trust series, and Puppet Boy, which was a finalist for the 2016 Saints and Sinners Emerging Writer Award. He is also a four-time finalist in the Sydney Mardi Gras Short Story Competition.

He now lives, writes, and shivers in Toronto.

Felice Picano’s stories, novellas and novels are translated into seventeen languages, and include national and international bestsellers. He’s received awards for poetry, drama, short stories, and novels. Recent publications are Nights At Rizzoli and his Hollywood novel, Justify My Sins. Three more titles are being reprinted in the UK and US. Picano  teaches writing workshops for the West Hollywood Public Library and lectures on Vintage Hollywood and screenwriting.

Karen Williams is a writer and psychotherapist who divides her time between New York City and the Berkshires of Massachusetts. In addition to novels and short stories, she has published award-winning articles on nature, animals, and the human-animal bond. She enjoys moonlight, music, and laughter, as well as theology and philosophical debates, and often asks the question we all ask: Is there a place for us beyond this life, and if so, can our dogs and cats come too?

Three Rooms Press Showcase

Robert Gibbons moved to New York City in the summer of 2007 in search of his muse—Langston Hughes. His work focuses on his African-American heritage under the lens of his LGBTQ identity. Robert has studied poetry with Cave Canem and master poets including as Cornelius Eady, Marilyn Nelson, Kimiko Hahn, Nathalie Handal, Linda Susan Jackson, Kevin Young and Kwame Dawes. He is the author of the full-length poetry collection, Close to the Tree (Three Rooms Press). He lives in Brooklyn.
Peter Hale worked with Allen Ginsberg since 1992 starting as one of Allen’s office assistants, later as his photography archivist, and then co-managed Allen’s estate with Bob Rosenthal after Allen passed away. He co-edited Death & Fame and assisted in the production, of dozens of books and audio releases & films over the last 20 years.
Aaron Hamburger’s most recent work is the critically-acclaimed LGBTQ/Jewish coming-of-age novel Nirvana Is Here (Three Rooms Press). This follows critical two award-winning books: the short story collection The View from Stalin’s Head, winner of the Rome Prize, and the novel Faith For Beginners, a Lambda Literary Award nominee. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Village Voice, Tin House, Tablet, O, the Oprah Magazine, Out, Details, and The Forward. He has also won fellowships from Yaddo, Djerassi, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, and the Edward F. Albee Foundation as well as first prize in the Dornstein Contest for Young Jewish Writers. He has taught creative writing at Columbia University, the George Washington University, New York University, Brooklyn College, and the Stonecoast MFA Program. He currently lives in Washington, DC.
Aimee Herman is a Brooklyn-based queer writer and educator, and author of the LGBTQ Young Adult novel, Everything Grows (Three Rooms Press), as well as two full length books of poems, meant to wake up feeling (great weather for MEDIA) and to go without blinking (BlazeVOX books) in addition to being widely published in journals and anthologies including BOMB, cream city review, and Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books). Aimee is a founding member alongside David Lawton in the poetry band, Hydrogen Junkbox.
Steven Taylor is a poet, musician, songwriter, and ethnomusicologist. From 1976–1996 he collaborated on music and poetry works with Allen Ginsberg. Since 1984, he has been a member of the seminal underground rock band The Fugs. He has toured and recorded with Anne Waldman, Kenward Elmslie, and the New York hardcore band False Prophets. He is editor of Don’t Hide the Madness: William S. Burroughs in Conversation with Allen Ginsberg (Three Rooms Press)