Readers Bios

A full day of Readings from 12:30 – 6:00pm at the Eighth Annual New York Rainbow Book Fair, 2016.

Selected Bio’s for Participating Readers:

Jeff Adams is the author of the best selling Hat Trick trilogy, a series of young adult and new adult books that follow the romance of Simon and Alex.  In addition he’s written several other gay romance-themed books and shorts.  Alongside his husband, he’s also the co-host of the weekly show Jeff & Will’s Big Gay Fiction Podcast.

Jason Anthony is the author of  Amsterdam Angel and The Reverie Bubble.  He is currently working on the third book in the series, entitled The Khat’s Mejou and due out late 2016.  Jason lives in New York City and more information about him and his writing can be accessed at: AmsterdamAngel.com.

Brian Centrone is the author of two short story collections: I Voted for Biddy Schumacher: Mismatched Tales from the Mind of Brian Centrone and Erotica (NLSP), and of the debut novel, An Ordinary Boy (Seventh Window).  His fiction and poetry have appeared in anthologies and literary journals while four of his one-act plays have been produced on the stage as part of The National Endowment for the Arts’ The Big Read programming.  He has an MA in Novel Writing from The University of Manchester (UK).  Visit Brian at: BrianCentrone.com

Philip Clark is the co-editor, with Reginald Shepherd, of In the Empire of the Air: The Poems of Donald Britton, to be released later this month by Nightboat Books.  He previously co-edited the anthology Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS.

Alysia Constantine lives in Brooklyn, NY with her wife, their two dogs and a cat.  When she is not writing, she is a professor at an art college.  Before that, she was a baker and cook for a caterer and before that, she was a poet.  In a starred review, Publishers Weekly described Sweet as “Aching beauty on page after page… nothing like any genre offering this season.”  Sweet is Alysia’s first novel.

Dario Dalla Lasta is a Lambda Literary Foundation Fellow and Pepperdine University graduate.  The author of Squeeze Pants: Tight and Titillating Homo Sex Stories from Go Deeper Press, his previous work appears in several erotica and LGBTQ anthologies.  Dario is also a DJ, model, and Reverend based in Brooklyn.  Learn more about him online at: DarioDallaLasta.com.

Terence Diamond: Irish, transmale, writer, story teller, community builder, anti-brand artist, ex-union factory worker and grandchild of farmers of the Irish diaspora, Terence Diamond’s new works “Hans My Hermaphroditic Hedgehog” and “Big Pink Meat” both foreground the transmale as antihero in dramatic/comedic narratives outside the pop mainstream.  “Hans My Hermaphroditic Hedgehog” will be produced at the WOW Cafe Theatre in October 2016 and is available for sale at TerenceDiamond.com.  Terence will read a five minute excerpt from “Big Pink Meat” which will be published in 2016 and also sold at his website.” 

R.G. Emanuelle is a writer and editor living in New York City.  Her university degree in English and literature propelled her into publishing, where she spent 20 years as an editor, typesetter, and graphic designer.  When she’s not writing or editing, she can usually be found cooking or developing recipes, as she is also a culinary school graduate.  Learn more about R.G, online at RGEmanuelle.com.

Kelly Frankenberg is an artist and writer and just recently published her first memoir, “Diary of a Gay, Pregnant Bride.”  Her artwork has been seen on Fox National News, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, in galleries, print, the web, windows, walls, and mailboxes.  She is currently writing and illustrating children’s books and attempting stand up comedy. Website: KellyFrankenberg.com.

Michael Graves is the author of the novel, Parade, and the collection of short stories, Dirty One. This book was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist and an American Library Association Honoree.  His fiction and poetry has been featured in numerous literary publications, including Post Road, Pank and Velvet Mafia.  Michael’s non-fiction book reviews have appeared in Lambda Book Report and Edge Boston.  Please visit him at MichaelGravesAuthor.com.

Meg Harrington is the author of several popular fic series online and lives in Brooklyn with her dog, her roommate, and two cats of indeterminate ownership.  When she isn’t writing about women loving other women, she’s pondering the evolution of transformative art and working as a tech journalist.  Learn more about Meg online at Meg-Harrington.com.

Hans M Hirschi: Husband, father, friend & lover above and before all else, and the author dubbed the “Queen of Unconventional Happy Endings”, writing stories you’ll remember.

Roxanne Hoffman founded the boutique publishing house Poets Wear Prada in 2006, and is proud to have published the debut and early collections of many now well-established gay writers including Jee Leong Koh and MIchael Montack.  She co-curated the Rainbow Reading at the Pisces Cafe, the LGBTQ reading series based in Babylon, New York, with Kevin Wisher (aka Edweena Scootawhich).  She also has assisted in curating poetry events for Fresh Fruit Festival, and co-edited Pears, Prose and Poetry: Anthology of the 9th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival Poetry Event, published in 2011.

G. Winston James is a Jamaican-born poet, author, essayist and editor.  He holds an MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College and is the author of the Lambda Literary Award and Ferro-Grumley Award finalist collection Shaming the Devil: Collected Short Stories.  He is also the author of The Damaged Good: Poems Around Love and the Lambda Literary Award finalist collection Lyric: Poems Along a Broken Road.

luke kurtis is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and designer.  His work has appeared in numerous publications including The Emerson Review, Iceland Review, and Palaver.  His most recent project is a zine titled Kissing Hedwig with his essay about coming out, coming of age, and making out with Darren Criss.

Jee Leong Koh‘s new book of poems Steep Tea (Carcanet) was named a Best Book of 2015 by UK’s Financial Times and is a Lambda Finalist. Originally from Singapore, Jee lives in New York City, where he runs the arts website Singapore Poetry, the Second Saturdays Reading Series, and the Singapore Literature Festival in NYC.

Raymond Luczak is the author and editor of 18 books.  His latest titles are The Kiss Of Walt Whitman Still On My Lips and QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology.  His Deaf gay novel Men With Their Hands won first place in the Project: QueerLit Contest 2006.  He is the editor of Jonathan: A Queer Fiction Journal.  A playwright and filmmaker, he lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and online at raymondluczak.com.  

Lucy J. Madison is a novelist, poet, and screenwriter from Connecticut.  Her debut novel Personal Foul was just released by Sapphire Books.  She is a member of the Authors Guild, Romance Writers of America, Rainbow Romance Writers, Golden Crown Literary Society, and the Lesbian Authors Guild.  She resides with her wife of 16 years in Connecticut and in Provincetown, MA along with their beloved pets.  LucyJMadison.com.

Racheline Maltese writes queer and polyamorous romance fiction with Erin McRae.  Their books are available from presses like Torquere, Dreamspinner, Supposed Crimes, and more.

Andi Marquette is an award-winning mystery, science fiction, and romance writer.  She also spent 15 years working in publishing while she was completing a doctorate in history.  When she’s not writing novels, novellas, and stories or co-editing anthologies, she serves as both an editor for Luna Station Quarterly as co-admin of the popular blogsite Women and Words.  You can learn more about Andi online at AndiMarquette.com.

Donna Minkowitz‘s magical realist memoir, Growing Up Golem, was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Judy Grahn Nonfiction Award.  Her first memoir, Ferocious Romance, won a Lammy.  She has also written for the New York Times Book Review, Salon, and the Village Voice.  She is the restaurant critic for Gay City News.

Jeremy Mulderig is an emeritus professor of English at DePaul University and editor of Philip Sparrow Tells All: Lost Essays by Samuel Steward, Writer, Professor, Tattoo Artist—“gems of gay writing” (Lambda Literary); “a lost chronicle from a one-of-a-kind writer . . . seductive and entertaining” (New York Times); “elegantly constructed, bitingly funny, and likely to be utterly baffling to the original readership” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).  He lives in Chicago and Berlin.

Jennifer Patterson is a poet/writer, grief worker, creative and herbalist who uses words, threads and plants to explore queer survivorhood, the body and healing.  She is the editor of the forthcoming anthology Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices from Within the Anti-Sexual Violence Movement (Magnus/ Riverdale Ave Books, 2016), facilitates writing workshops and has had writing published in OCHO: A Journal of Queer Arts, the Outrider Review, and on The Feminist Wire.  Jennifer is also finishing a graduate program at Goddard College focusing on trauma, queer communities, healing, craft, loss, pleasure, pain and creative non-fiction.  You can find more at OfTheBody.net.

Gabby Rivera is a writer, youth mentor, and has worked with AutoStraddle.com for the last five years.  Her first novel, Juliet Takes a Breath, was published by Riverdale Avenue Books this past January.  She’s fostered LGBTQ youth groups, QTPOC healing spaces, and taught as a multi-media artist for arts and social justice-based organizations.

Cindy Rizzo lives in New York City with her wife, Jennifer, and their two cats.  She has worked in philanthropy for many years and has a long history of involvement in the LGBT community.  She also serves on the boards of Congregation Beth Simchat Torah in New York and Funders for LGBT Issues.  Learn more about her online at CindyRizzo.wordpress.com.

Adam Rosenberg is a NYC based marketing professional with a lifelong writing habit, with occasional forays into performance.  Whether that’s the least or most reprehensible of his compulsions, he’s still deciding.  Pray for him.  And talk to him.  

Gregg Shapiro is the author of Fifty Degrees (Seven Kitchens, 2016), selected by Ching-In Chen as co-winner of the Robin Becker Chapbook Prize.  Other books by Shapiro include the short story collections How to Whistle (Lethe Press, 2016) and Lincoln Avenue (Squares and Rebels Press, 2014), the chapbook GREGG SHAPIRO: 77 (Souvenir Spoon Press, 2012), and the poetry collection Protection (Gival Press, 2008).  An entertainment journalist, whose interviews and reviews run in a variety of regional LGBT and mainstream publications and websites, Shapiro lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his husband Rick and their dog k.d.

Michelle L. Teichman – Michelle is a proud Canadian and fanatical lover of the NFL.  She delights in rich coffee, good wine, smooth bourbon, and fine fare.  When not writing, Michelle spends her time enjoying the company of her family and friends, and reading everything she can get her hands on.  Learn more about Michelle online at MichelleTeichman.com.

M. Ullrich may work full-time in the optical world, but her true passion is writing romantic fiction.  Her debut novel, Fortunate Sum, is available now and her second book, Life in Death, is due out in October 2016.

Kate Walter: Walter’s personal essays and opinion pieces have appeared in many outlets.  Looking for a Kiss: A Chronicle of Downtown Heartbreak and Healing (Heliotrope Books, 2015) is her debut memoir.  She teaches writing at CUNY and NYU and lives in the West Village.

Chocolate Waters has been writing, publishing and performing her work since the 1970’s.  She is a continuously evolving radical feminist poet and celebrant of the new power of the feminine.  Her latest book, the woman who wouldn’t shake hands, was published by Poets Wear Prada and Eggplant Press and is available at the fair.

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More bios to follow.