Bent on Writing: Contemporary Queer Tales

Overview

Elizabeth Ruth has gathered the work of 55 of the talented writers who have performed at the reading series "Clit Lit," now entering its fifth successful year. Clit Lit is the only monthly queer literary series in Canada.With conviction, Ruth says, "Good writing breeds good writing." Working from this premise, she founded and developed a community-based artistic space where established and emerging writers could meet and learn from each other. Each contributor in this collection is interested in bending or ...
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Overview

Elizabeth Ruth has gathered the work of 55 of the talented writers who have performed at the reading series "Clit Lit," now entering its fifth successful year. Clit Lit is the only monthly queer literary series in Canada.With conviction, Ruth says, "Good writing breeds good writing." Working from this premise, she founded and developed a community-based artistic space where established and emerging writers could meet and learn from each other. Each contributor in this collection is interested in bending or queering the canon in exciting ways that challenge some of our most basic preconceptions about writing, life and love.At Clit Lit writers find inspiration and motivation from each other and are able to showcase their talent in various forms - prose, poetry, spoken word, playwriting, creative non-fiction, storytelling and drag. Bent on Writing offers readers a permanent and lasting record of that work and a how-to guide for establishing their own community-based literary events. This book is more than an anthology; it is a gathering of three-dimensional talent for the two-dimensional page.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780889614031
  • Publisher: Canadian Scholars Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST PBK
  • Pages: 309
  • Product dimensions: 7.54 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Ruth is a writer and editor whose debut novel, Ten Good Seconds of Silence, was short-listed for the 2001 Roger's Writers' Trust of Canada Fiction Prize and for the Amazon.com/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Ruth's short fiction has been widely published in literary journals across Canada. She has written for CBC Radio, film, is an editor with Fireweed Feminist Quarterly, and writes book reviews for the Globe and Mail. Elizabeth holds a BA in English Literature and an MA in Counselling Psychology from the University of Toronto. She is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers, and currently teaches short story writing at George Brown College in Toronto. Visit her site at elizabethruth.com.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
"Barring" of the Bathhouse 1
Champagne Socialism 7
Standing By My Man 9
Teenage Trans Vamp 14
Ghazals, from The Book of Suicides 17
From Griffonne 21
Monologue of the Mandible 31
Black Men and Me 38
In the night, suddenly 43
Eat & Disorder 49
Bake Me 58
In Others' Skin 60
My Dad in Pink 61
Queen for a Day 67
What can happen in 78 hours 73
A Mastectomy 79
Night duty 81
Uncomforted 85
From Ten Good Seconds of Silence 89
Rhyme Schemes and Similac 96
I Wanna Flow Elemental 99
A Lifetime 101
At the West End YMCA 106
Harbord St 108
The Cold Pressed Baptism 115
The Revolution Song 121
Profit in the Margins 124
Storks of Kampala 127
Nine New Undershirts 130
Sugar Money 132
Nyabingi 135
Wannabe 137
Another Day Pounding My Own Head On The Pavement 142
Mestiza rapechile love story 148
Seeing Angel Fly 156
Three Dates 161
The Ballad of Little Billy 164
Untitled 166
Deconstructing Daddy 169
From Code White 172
Go 183
Requies 184
Moving Day 185
My Dirty Side 189
Photography 191
The Lady Vanishes 198
Hawkeye 204
Dick 207
Girls, boys 214
Cold Steel Utensil 222
Gay Divorcee 229
Until Death 233
Leash 241
Paths 244
Lighthearted 246
Untitled 252
Rainy Season 253
Treeline 255
Small Hands 258
The Visit 264
Words Can Not Contain This Body 266
Ghostly Affairs 269
Presents 275
Coal 280
Alberta 282
Empty Pies and Stones 285
Johnny & Cher, I Cut My Hair 291
Girls Run Circles 294
Vanessa 300
The Money Shot 305
Graffiti pages 308
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