Lambda Literary Awards

The finalists for the Lambda Awards 2022 were announced on Tuesday, March 15, 2022. Here are the writers of African descent who made the cut.

The Lambda Literary Awards, or the “Lammys,” as they are known, are an award of Lambda Literary, the oldest and largest literary arts organization advancing Lesbian, Gay, Trans, and Queer (LGBTQ) literature in the United States. Some previous winners include Chike Frankie Edozien, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Kacen Callender, Aricka Foreman, and Chinelo Okparanta.

The finalists for the awards have been announced across 24 categories encompassing the whole spectrum of queer literature.

“We are particularly inspired by such amazing numbers in the LGBTQ Young Adult and Children’s/Middle Grade categories,” the Awards Manager says. “The modern movement to ban access to LGBTQ books for young people is horrendous, but we hope the publishing industry continues backing these remarkable works in volume to meet that resistance.”

Here are the writers of African descent who made the list.

Lesbian Fiction

  • How to Wrestle a Girl, Venita Blackburn, MCD x FSG Originals
  • Skye Falling, Mia McKenzie, Random House

Gay Fiction

  • 100 Boyfriends, Brontez Purnell, MCD x FSG Originals
  • Rainbow Milk, Paul Mendez, PRH/Doubleday

Bisexual Fiction

  • Monster in the Middle, Tiphanie Yanique, Riverhead Books

Bisexual Nonfiction

  • Borealis, Aisha Sabatini Sloan, Coffee House Press

Transgender Nonfiction

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

LGBTQ Nonfiction

  • Dear Senthuran, Akwaeke Emezi, Riverhead Books

Lesbian Poetry

  • All the Rage, Rosamond S. King, Nightboat Books
  • The Renunciations: Poems, Donika Kelly, Graywolf Press
  • Who’s Your Daddy, Arisa White, Augury Books

Gay Poetry

  • Punks: New & Selected Poems, John Keene, The Song Cave
  • Tenderness, Derrick Austin, BOA Editions

Bisexual Poetry

  • Gumbo Ya Ya, Aurielle Marie, University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Master Suffering, CM Burroughs, Tupelo Press

Transgender Poetry

  • Crossbones on My Life, Mason J, Nomadic Press

Gay Memoir/Biography

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

Gay Romance

  • Best of the Wrong Reasons, Sander Santiago, Bold Strokes Books
  • Excellent Sons: A Love Story in Three Acts, Larry Benjamin, Beaten Track Publishing

LGBTQ Anthology

  • Mouths of Rain: An Anthology of Black Lesbian Thought, Edited by Briona Simone Jones, The New Press
  • Queer Nightlife, Edited by Kemi Adeyemi, Kareem Khubchandani, and Ramón H. Rivera-Servera, The University of Michigan Press

LGBTQ Children’s/Middle Grade

  • Calvin, JR and Vanessa Ford, G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
  • The Passing Playbook, Isaac Fitzsimons, Dial Books for Young Readers

LGBTQ Speculative Fiction

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

Finalists and winners will be celebrated in an immersive virtual award ceremony on Saturday, June 11.