Announcing the 34th Annual LAMBDA LITERARY AWARDS WINNERS

June 13, 2022 | Publisher
Announcing the 34th Annual  LAMBDA LITERARY AWARDS WINNERS

New York, NY, June 11, 2022 — Lambda Literary, the nation's premier LGBTQ literary organization, announced the winners of the 34th Annual Lambda Literary Awards (a.k.a. the "Lammys") this evening at a live virtual award ceremony hosted by award-winning writer, activist, and media strategist Raquel Willis.

Always known for championing works published by emerging authors and small presses, this year's winners list is once again an impressive mix of books from publishers both large and small. For just the second time in Lammy history, a self-published work has been recognized, with Milena McKay's The Headmistress winning the Lammy for Lesbian Romance. As the Lammys have always done, this year's awards honor exciting new LGBTQ voices like Brian Broome, winner in the Gay Memoir/Biography category for his masterful debut memoir, Punch Me Up To the Gods: A Memoir, and Lee Lai, whose debut graphic novel, Stone Fruit, won in the LGBTQ Comics category, as well as writers who have been excelling in their respective genres for years, like Jeanne Thornton, whose critically-acclaimed novel Summer Fun won the Lammy for Transgender Fiction, and Sarah Schulman, whose Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993, one of the best reviewed books of 2021, won the Lammy for LGBTQ Nonfiction.

The evening's celebration, held virtually for the second year in a row due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, also doubled as a fundraiser to help support Lambda Literary's programs. Preceded by an afternoon of readings from the finalists, the awards were once again a rousing celebration of LGTBQ literature, and the power of this community's voices.

The Lammys are the most prestigious award in LGBTQ publishing. Please join us in celebrating the following authors and their literary accomplishments.

BISEXUAL FICTION

We Want What We Want // Alix Ohlin, House Anansi Press

BISEXUAL NONFICTION

Borealis // Aisha Sabatini Sloan, Coffee House Press

BISEXUAL POETRY

Gumbo Ya Ya // Aurielle Marie, University of Pittsburgh Press

GAY FICTION

100 Boyfriends // Brontez Purnell, MCD x FSG Originals

GAY MEMOIR/BIOGRAPHY

Punch Me Up to the Gods: A Memoir // Brian Broome, Mariner Books

GAY POETRY

Punks: New & Selected Poems // John Keene, The Song Cave

GAY ROMANCE

Excellent Sons: A Love Story in Three Acts // Larry Benjamin, Beaten Track Publishing

LESBIAN FICTION

Skye Falling // Mia McKenzie, Random House

LESBIAN MEMOIR/BIOGRAPHY

The One You Want to Marry (And Other Identities I've Had): A Memoir // Sophie Santos, TOPPLE Books

LESBIAN POETRY

Last Days // Tamiko Beyer, Alice James Books

LESBIAN ROMANCE

The Headmistress // Milena McKay, Self-Published

LGBTQ ANTHOLOGY

Mouths of Rain: An Anthology of Black Lesbian Thought // Edited by Briona Simone Jones, The New Press

LGBTQ CHILDREN'S/MIDDLE GRADE

Calvin // JR and Vanessa Ford, G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

LGBTQ COMICS

Stone Fruit // Lee Lai, Fantagraphics Books

LGBTQ DRAMA

Mrs. Harrison // R. Eric Thomas, TRW Plays

LGBTQ EROTICA

Big Joe // Samuel R. Delany, Inpatient Press

LGBTQ MYSTERY

The Savage Kind // John Copenhaver, Pegasus Books

LGBTQ NONFICTION

Let the Record Show // Sarah Schulman, Farrar, Strauss, & Giroux

LGBTQ SPECULATIVE FICTION

No Gods, No Monsters // Cadwell Turnbull, Blackstone Publishing

LGBTQ STUDIES

Vice Patrol: Cops, Courts, and the Struggle over Urban Gay Life before Stonewall // Anna Lvovsky, University of Chicago Press

LGBTQ YOUNG ADULT

The Heartbreak Bakery // A. R. Capetta, Candlewick Press

TRANSGENDER FICTION

Summer Fun // Jeanne Thornton, Soho Press

TRANSGENDER NONFICTION

Belly of the Beast: The Politics of Anti-Fatness as Anti-Blackness // Da'Shaun Harrison, North Atlantic Books

TRANSGENDER POETRY

Crossbones on My Life // Mason J, Nomadic Press