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We look forward to publishing the winners of the LGBTQ Literary Preserve 2015 Book Contests:
Audre Lorde & Frank O'Hara Prize for Poetry - David Kirby, Judge
C.F. Borgman Fiction Book Award - Andrea Krauss, Judge
Sheila Ortiz Taylor Chapbook Competition - Jeff G. Peters, Judge
© Jeff G. Peters — (Originally published at jeffpeters.atavist.com on January 31, 2016).
Silvia Curbelo’s soul travels between the sea breezes of Matanzas, Cuba and the tranquil waters of Tampa Bay. Two cultures inform her writing and they play an important role in the rich imagery that leaps off the pages of her poems. Silvia Curbelo’s poems find their way to the depths of your being. Silvia’s latest book, Falling Landscape was published by Anhinga Press in 2015.
Silvia was born in Matanzas, Cuba, and emigrated to the U.S. with her family as a child. She is the author of three other poetry collections, The Secret History of Water (Anhinga Press), The Geography of Leaving (Silverfish Review Press, and Ambush (Main Street Rag Publishers).
She has received poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the Cintas Foundation and the Writer’s Voice, as well as the Jessica Noble Maxwell Memorial Prize from American Poetry Review.
Over the course of a number of conversations in person, via telephone & email, I have sought to uncover the craft & beauty of Silvia’s writing. Join me on this journey with an amazing soul & discover the eloquence of Silvia Curbelo’s words.
We'll also be bringing back to print several LGBTQ books that we feel deserve another look.
Imaginary Parents by Sheila Ortiz Taylor & Sandra Ortiz Taylor will be brought back into print with new & updated material. The book was originally published in 1996.
In this uniquely fashioned memoir, one sister uses words, the other installations to re-create a childhood filled with adventure, tragedy, and the two most glamorous and mysterious people in their young lives: their parents.
The setting is Los Angeles during and after World War Two. Hollywood is defining. Cigarettes ubiquitous. A meal is not a meal without meat or eggs. Red lips, toenails, and fingernails match red cotton blouses festooned with yellow sombreros.
Taking on the voices of her mother, father and sister--as well as speaking for herself--Sheila Ortiz Taylor, the writerly daughter of an Anglo vaudevillian-lawyer and a Chicana movie star manqué, strings together well-crafted vignettes that read like film clips. One scene leads to another, fractures into another until a rich family drama and a remarkably clear child perspective emerge through the silences and substance.
Sandra, the elder, artistic sister, offers 3-D collages in a simultaneous yet slightly shifted narrative of life under their father's red-tiled roof.
Mirrors, tortillas, calaveras, Mexico, horses, books, boats and guns are the curios of the Ortiz Taylor family cabinet. Readers will set to recollecting their own pocadillas after relishing this funny, touching portrait of a regular yet anything but common American family.