Who’s Yer Daddy?: Gay Writers Celebrate Their Mentors and Forerunners

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Jim Elledge, David Groff
University of Wisconsin Pres, Dec 5, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 300 pages
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Who’s Yer Daddy? offers readers of gay male literature a keen and engaging journey. In this anthology, thirty-nine gay authors discuss individuals who have influenced them—their inspirational “daddies.” The essayists include fiction writers, poets, and performance artists, both honored masters of contemporary literature and those just beginning to blaze their own trails. They find their artistic ancestry among not only literary icons—Walt Whitman, Oscar Wilde, Andrť Gide, Frank O’Hara, James Baldwin, Edmund White—but also a roster of figures whose creative territories are startlingly wide and vital, from Botticelli to Bette Midler to Captain Kirk.
†† †Some writers chronicle an entire tribal council of mentors; others describe a transformative encounter with a particular individual, including teachers and friends whose guidance or example cracked open their artistic selves. Perhaps most moving are the handful of writers who answered the question literally, writing intimately of their own fathers and their literary inheritance. This rich volume presents intriguing insights into the contemporary gay literary aesthetic.

Winner, LGBT Nonfiction Anthology, Lambda Literary Awards
 

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Who's Yer Daddy?: Gay Writers Celebrate Their Mentors and Forerunners

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The genesis of this anthology of "literary ancestors" was a session moderated by Elledge (English, Kennesaw State Univ.; ed., Queers in American Popular Culture) at the 2009 Association of Writers and ... Read full review

Contents

All Our Daddiesand Then Some Jim Elledge and David Groff
3
An Anecdotal Poetics Benjamin S Grossberg
9
Glow on the Extremest Verge Mark Doty
17
Latin Moon Daddy Charles RiceGonzŠlez
25
Makinga Man Out of Me Richard Blanco
32
Under the Influence Chip Livingston
37
My Mothers Grave Is Yellow Dale Peck
44
Some Notes Thoughts Recollections Revisions and Corrections Regarding Becoming Being and Remaining a Gay Writer Justin Chin
52
Notes on Some Books That Guided Me through a Profoundly Hormonal Time Alistair McCartney
153
My Radical Dads David Groff
161
Janet Frame Aaron Hamburger
170
The Case of the Undone Novel Richard McCann
178
Fugitives James Allen Hall
187
Some Notes on Influences or Why I Am Not Objective Michael Klein
196
I Will Tell This Story the Way I Choose Shaun Levin
201
A Memoir of Reading Randall Mann
208

My Three Dads Charles Jensen
58
Orpheus in Texas Saeed Jones
69
It does not have to be yours Mark Bibbins
74
A Hidden Life On Joy Williams Paul Lisicky
77
A Talk about Poetries and Traditions Brian Teare
82
Romantic Jeff Mann
90
The Tallahatchie Meets the Arve or Unexpected Gay Confluences in the 70s Greg Hewett
99
The Education of a Gay Disabled Writer Kenny Fries
108
How to Skin a Deer Martin Hyatt
113
The Little Girls with Penises Jim Elledge
120
Oubloir David McConnell
126
Beloved Jotoranos Rigoberto GonzŠlez
131
Leaving Berlin Ellery Washington
144
Queering an Italian American Poetic Legacy Peter Covino
212
Vanity Fairey Interviews Writer NoŽl Alumit NoŽl Alumit
221
The Four of Them Thomas Glave
227
Jumpstart Tim Miller
235
Caliban Dave King
241
My First Poetic Mentor Was a Welshman Named Leslie Timothy Liu
247
The World Is Full of Orphans Raymond Luczak
251
The Seismology of Love and Letters Brian Leung
256
Botticelli Boy Rick Barot
266
Miss Thing Paul BoninRodriguez
279
Thirteen Ways of Looking at My Father K M Soehnlein
284
Contributors
293
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Jim Elledge is professor of English at Kennesaw State University and author of A History of My Tattoo: A Poem; The Chapters of Coming Forth by Day: A Novel; and Various Envies: Poems. David Groff, an independent writer and poet, is author of Theory of Devolution and coeditor of Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS and Whitman’s Men: Walt Whitman’s Calamus Poems Celebrated by Contemporary Photographers.

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