|Please keep in mind that the following does not include every anthology that my work has appeared in.|
|Written during a very difficult summer of my lifeadded job responsibilities and stress, lousy love life, doubts about my abilities as a writer, and uncertainties about staying on in New YorkI managed to piece together a string of short observations about being a deaf gay writer. After whittling down some 60 pages to a manageable 28 pages, I sent "Notes of a Deaf Gay Writer" off to CHRISTOPHER STREET. The rest, as one might say, is history, and it eventually inspired my eighth book ASSEMBLY REQUIRED: NOTES FROM A DEAF GAY LIFE some nineteen years later. I also had the essay expanded into NOTES OF A DEAF GAY WRITER: 20 YEARS LATER. (Scroll down to the book for more information!)|
|Even though Sasha Alyson was hearing and had no real contact with the deaf community, he had the rather revolutionary idea of looking for a deaf gay person to edit an anthology of deaf lesbian and gay writers. It so happened that he knew a friend who'd just read my CHRISTOPHER STREET piece. Sasha wrote to me and asked if I was interested in such a project. Although Sasha no longer runs Alyson Books, I will always be grateful to him for taking a huge chance on such an unknown. (Unfortunately this book has gone out of print.)
Go to: Eyes of Desire.
|Because I was hoping that George Stambolian, a major name in gay publishing, would help me find a home for my deaf gay novel MEN WITH THEIR HANDS, I gave him a copy of the novel. He ran across a chapter that he absolutely loved: "Ten Reasons Why Michael And Geoff Never Got It On." When George died, it was a real loss. He was one of the few editors who really believed in giving new writers like me a chance.|
|When Jill Jepson, the editor of NO WALLS OF STONE, asked to include my fiction along with a few of my poems, I was thrilled. At the time I thought my story "The Finer Things" would be part of my deaf gay novel MEN WITH THEIR HANDS, it's been cut to streamline its narrative (it now reappears in SILENCE IS A FOUR-LETTER WORD: ON ART & DEAFNESSscroll below). I've been told that this story has provoked heated discussions in college classrooms at Gallaudet. I wonder why.|
|Sasha asked me if I had anything to contribute to Tony Grima's anthology NOT THE ONLY ONE. I simply looked through MEN WITH THEIR HANDS and sent Tony an excerpt entitled "Ugly." Much to my amazement, he accepted it!|
Go to: St. Michael's Fall.
|Kenny Fries and I met through a meeting sponsored by the Millay Colony of the Arts, so when he got an offer to edit this wonderful anthology STARING BACK, he asked to reprint my story from MEN ON MEN 4. As it turns out, many people from the disabled community have remarked on it (it was even dissected in a disabled gay magazine!) upon learning my name.|
|I'd written this gay Ernest Hemingway parody eight years before, so it was a nice surprise when the editors took "A Rodeo Romance" for WILMA LOVES BETTY: AND OTHER HILARIOUS GAY AND LESBIAN PARODIES. An infamous sentence from the story ("His white boots were perfect as his teeth.") even merited an honorable mention in a CHRISTOPHER STREET's Bad Gay Writing Contest in 1991.|
SILENCE IS A FOUR-LETTER WORD: ON ART & DEAFNESS was never meant to be published. Truly. I'd felt that many of my statements on art and deafness would be too audacious coming from someone like me. It was meant to be a personal book for me to reflect on as a deaf artist twenty to thirty years from now. But the more John Lee Clark of The Tactile Mind Press and I chatted online about the relationship between art and deafness, the more I felt he'd appreciate SILENCE IS A FOUR-LETTER WORD. His offer to publish the manuscript was almost instantaneous. I was flabbergasted. (And now it's been popular enough to warrant a second, and revised, edition in the spring of 2005!) The book is now available in a tenth anniversary edition (!!!).
Go to: Silence Is a Four-Letter Word.
|In the summer of 1990, when I worked on batch after batch of poems for ST. MICHAEL'S FALL, I wrote a batch of nature poems based on my childhood. Due to the focus and length of ST. MICHAEL'S FALL, I chose to take them out and regroup these nature poems as a separate book, now known as THIS WAY TO THE ACORNS: POEMS. It is true that if you work hard enough while waiting for the right opportunities, dreams can come true in the most unexpected ways.The book is now available in a tenth anniversary edition (!!!).
Go to: This Way to the Acorns.
|Two of my short stories ("How to Become a Backstabber" and "Depths of the River") appear in Tonya Stremlau's THE DEAF WAY II ANTHOLOGY: A LITERARY COLLECTION BY DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING WRITERS. I remain grateful for the incredible exposure this book has given me: It was given out to some 10,000 people who registered for Deaf Way II, so of course, I've gotten responses from all over to my work (as I'd listed my Web site in my bio).|
|Years ago, an editor asked me to explore how I grew up as a deaf gay man in search of his identity through the cultural icons I'd been unwittingly exposed to. His proposed anthology fell through, but my resulting essay "It's All in the Eye" found a home some years later in QUEER CRIPS: DISABLED GAY MEN AND THEIR STORIES. That essay is also available in my eighth book ASSEMBLY REQUIRED: NOTES FROM A DEAF GAY LIFE (scroll below for more information).|
|If I were to look back on my career as a playwright, I'd point to SNOOTY as the first one that enabled me to discover the love of theater writing I never quite knew I had. The fact that it won first place in the New York Deaf Theater's Samuel Edwards Deaf Playwrights Competition in 1990 was just icing on the cake. Of all my fifteen plays that's been performed so far, SNOOTY remains my best-known. (This book is unfortunately out of print, but is reprinted as part of WHISPERS OF A SAVAGE SORT; scroll below for more information.)
Go to: Snooty.
|My poem "I Am a Shoe" was inspired by a writing exercise in personifying an inanimate object during a poetry writing class that I attended once at the University of Pennsylvania. A few years later the poem was accepted for this anthology POETIC VOICES WITHOUT BORDERS, and I couldn't be happier! It's now in my book ROAD WORK AHEAD: POEMS. (Scroll down for more information.)|
|As editor, I've selected Teegardens prose from several sources, including his STORIES, OLD AND NEW. Noting that these stories were never written for hearing readers, I marvel at Teegardens ability to write English prose that the ASL-familiar reader would find incredibly easy to transliterate. By employing a rich blend of original stories and revisions of fables and myths, Teegarden taught his students the importance of improving their reading and writing skills to outfit them "for the battle of life." He produced a body of work that I would characterize as "a breath of fresh air: quick, painless, and usually told with a sense of wonder."
Go to: When I am Dead.
|More than 85 folks from all over the world has contributed amazing stories, interviews and poems to this 400-page anthology. It is now officially the second book in the entire world to focus on the Deaf GLBT community. (The first was my own EYES OF DESIRE: A DEAF GAY & LESBIAN READER, which was published in 1993.)
Go to: Eyes of Desire 2.
|Imagine my surprise and delight in learning that my short story "Interpretations," an excerpt from my novel MEN WITH THEIR HANDS that appeared in the literary journal BLOOM, was chosen for inclusion in Steve Berman's anthology BEST GAY STORIES 2008! I can only hope that its appearance can whet more appetites for my novel MEN WITH THEIR HANDS!|
|My poem "In Lower East Side, Looking at an Apartment" was chosen for this even bigger sequel to POETIC VOICES WITHOUT BORDERS. That poem is taken from my forthcoming collection MUTE, which A Midsummer Night's Press will publish in the spring of 2010. (Scroll below for information about MUTE.)|
|Who knew that I'd have to wait almost two decades to see this collection of observations and memoir pieces published? This book is different from my EYES OF DESIRE anthologies in the sense that it's about the singular POV of one Deaf gay man looking back on his life. (Namely, moi.)
Go to: Assembly Required.
|Of all the anthologies I've appeared in, this is one of the places I'm most proud to be included in. DEAF AMERICAN POETRY, edited by John Lee Clark, encapsulates the contributions of various deaf American poets since God knows when. It's a kick-ass collection!|
|This anthology, BELOVED ON THE EARTH: 150 POEMS OF GRIEF AND GRATITUDE, boasts some venerable poets such as Billy Collins, Ted Kooser, Mary Oliver, and Adrienne Rich. Naturally I feel very honored to have my poem "Goldenrods" included in their company. Jim Perlman, Deborah Cooper, Mara Hart, and Pamela Mittlefehldt were the editors. (It's available from Holy Cow! Press.)|
|It is always a huge honor as a playwright when a publisher choses a collection of your full-length plays for publication. In this case, Gallaudet University Press has published WHISPERS OF A SAVAGE SORT AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT THE DEAF AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. The book includes four full-length works: SNOOTY, LOVE IN MY VEINS, DOOGLE, and WHISPERS OF A SAVAGE SORT. (And oh yeah, you can check out two subtitled clips of you-know-who talking about his experiences as a Deaf playwright and about the plays in this book here.)
Go to: Whispers of a Savage Sort.
|In addition to winning a first-place grant from the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation for Full-Length Fiction 2003, my Deaf gay novel--possibly the first of its kind in the world--has had over 15 of its chapters excerpted in various literary journals over the past 19 years. Not only that, it won first place in the Project: QueerLit 2006 Contest. Rebel Satori Press/Queer Mojo is the publisher.
Go to: Men with Their Hands.
|I'd worked on MUTE, my third collection of poems, on and off for two decades, so it was quite a bit of a shock when A Midsummer Night's Press offered me a contract for it rather out of the blue. Yayyy!
Go to: Mute.
|In NOTES OF A DEAF GAY WRITER: 20 YEARS LATER, I revisit the essay that brought me national attention for the first time. Originally published as a cover story in Christopher Street magazine in December 1990, rereading the essay prompted me to compare my feelings against what I'd felt back then. My reactions may surprise you. (Please note that it's an ebook-only title.)
Go to: Notes of a Deaf Gay Writer.
|I'd never intended to write a book about the dissolution of my 15-year relationship. Truly. I'd intended to write a collection of love poems for T.S., but as time passed, life happened. As I took stock of "what next?" I ended up with enough strong poems for a whole new collection. ROAD WORK AHEAD: POEMS is the result.
Go to: Road Work Ahead.
|I had long wondered what, as a gay man originally from the Upper Midwest, other gay and bisexual poets would feel about their own experiences in the Midwest.AMONG THE LEAVES: QUEER MALE POETS ON THE MIDWESTERN EXPERIENCE is the result.
Go to: Among the Leaves.
|When Bryan Borland of Sibling Rivalry Press started up the now esteemed ASSARACUS: A JOURNAL OF GAY POETRY, it wasn't long before I began inquiring when he was going to do a gay fiction journal. Whoops. I got the job of being the first editor of JONATHAN. It has been a fantastic joy to work with some wonderful writers for each issue. If you care about the future of gay literature at all, please buy the latest issue of JONATHAN!
Go to: Jonathan.
|This is the most ambitious--and the wildest--of my poetry collections thus far. What if global warming ultimately causes billions of people to die, leaving behind only a few hundred million? Would poetry still matter? Throughout it all, the ghosts of Emily Dickinson, Arthur Rimbaud, and Walt Whitman lead the way through both history and mythology for possible answers.
Go to: How to Kill Poetry.
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