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The 2012 Lambda Awards

11th Jun 2012

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Last week saw the 2012 Lambda literary award ceremony  in New York (I imagine they wanted to put the Q in there too but it’s already a barely pronounceable acronym). The Lammy’s, as they are known, is the leading awards ceremony for LGBT(Q) literature in America.

In attendance were Ally Sheedy (check out her phenomenally hot performance in Lisa Cholodenko’s film, High Art) and Olympia Dukakis.

Dukakis gave the Foundation’s Pioneer Award to Armistead Maupin, announcing that Anna Madrigal, the character she portrayed in Maupin’s TV adaptation of Tales of the City was the most meaningful role of her career .

The other Pioneer award went to Kate Millet, whose lit-crit classic, Sexual Politics (1970) triggered a slew of second-wave feminist academic activity.

Since that first book, she has written several more and carved a career as a sculptor, painter and photographer, all with diverse themes but exploring what she describes as “people in cages.”

On accepting the award, she admitted that she was “more of a farmer really,” referring to the rural women’s artist colony, Milett Centre for the Arts, in upstate New York.

The other winners to look out for  include Zipper Mouth by Laurie Weeks, winner of the Lesbian Début Fiction category, and Six Metres of Pavement by Farzana Doctor in the Lesbian Fiction Category.

Also nominated was Ivan E. Coyote for her story collection, Missed Her. For more from Ivan, check out last year’s interview or review of Missed Her.

It’s high time Kate Millet received recognition for her work, but who would have been your choice for the lifetime achievement award?

And what cutting-edge queer fiction have you read recently that we should be taking notice of?

Mekella Broomberg

(Image of Missed Her author Ivan Coyote with Zena Sherman, Ivan’s partner and co-editor of Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme, courtesy of Brian Sergeant /Lambda Literary Foundation)