Samra Habib, Kai Cheng Thom and Téa Mutonji among finalists for 2020 Publishing Triangle Awards
Canadian writers Samra Habib, Kai Cheng Thom and Téa Mutonji are among the finalists for the 2020 Publishing Triangle Awards.
The Publishing Triangle Awards, worth $1,000, annually honour LGBTQ literature in fiction, nonfiction and poetry.
The 2020 shortlist spans seven categories, with Canadian writers featured among the finalists in four of the categories: lesbian nonfiction, lesbian poetry, debut fiction and trans and gender-variant literature categories.
In We Have Always Been Here, Habib, a photographer and journalist, chronicles her story — from her childhood in Pakistan and becoming a young refugee to coming-of-age between cultures in Canada.
Kai Cheng Thom's collection combining poetry and essays I Hope We Choose Love is a finalist in the trans and gender-variant literature category. The book examines the ways we deal with trauma, abuse, activism, transphobia and racism.
Mutonji's debut short story collection Shut Up You're Pretty for the Edmund White Award for debut fiction. The stories in the collection explore narratives of young women coming of age in the 21st century, dealing with themes of race, class, sexuality, migration and femininity.
Arielle Twist's debut poetry collection Disintegrate/Dissociate and the novel The Little Blue Encyclopedia (for Vivian) by Hazel Jane Plante are among the three Canadian titles of the four finalists in the trans and gender-variant literature category.
Rounding out the list of Canadian finalists is Toronto writer Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha's collection of poetry Tonguebreaker, contending for the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry. The collection reflects on the nature of love, the spectre of hate crimes, the suicides of queer kin and the rise of fascism.
The 32nd annual Triangle Awards ceremony were originally scheduled for April 30. They were cancelled on March 17 amid growing concerns over COVID-19. The winners will be announced on April 30 online.
Below is the full list of finalists in all seven categories.
The Judy Grahn Award for lesbian nonfiction
- In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado
- Sontag: Her Life and Work by Benjamin Moser
- Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments by Saidiya Hartman
- We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib
The Randy Shilts Award for gay nonfiction
- Buying Gay by David K. Johnson
- How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones
- The Stonewall Reader edited by the New York Public Library
- When Brooklyn Was Queer by Hugh Ryan
The Audre Lorde Award for lesbian poetry
- Be Recorder by Carmen Giménez Smith
- Odes to Lithium by Shira Erlichman
- Soft Science by Franny Choi
- Tonguebreaker by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
The Thom Gunn Award for gay poetry
- The Book of Daniel by Aaron Smith
- Company by Sam Ross
- Documents by Jan-Henry Gray
- Impure Acts by Angelo Nestore, translated by Lawrence Schimel
The Edmund White Award for debut fiction
- Black Light by Kimberly King Parsons
- In West Mills by De'Shawn Charles Winslow
- Lot by Bryan Washington
- Shut Up You're Pretty by Téa Mutonji
The Publishing Triangle Award for trans and gender-variant literature
- Disintegrate/Dissociate by Arielle Twist
- I Hope We Choose Love by Kai Cheng Thom
- The Little Blue Encyclopedia (for Vivian) by Hazel Jane Plante
- We Both Laughed in Pleasure: The Selected Diaries of Lou Sullivan, 1961–1991, edited by Ellis Martin and Zach Ozma
Finalists for the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ fiction
- A Generous Spirit: Selected Work by Beth Brant edited by Janice Gould
- Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
- Lie with Me, by Philippe Besson, translated by Molly Ringwald
- Like Wings, Your Hands by Elizabeth Earley
- On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
- Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson