Who's Yer Daddy?: Gay Writers Celebrate Their Mentors and Forerunners [NOOK Book]

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Who’s Yer Daddy? offers readers of gay male literature a keen and engaging journey. In this anthology, thirty-nine gay authors discuss individuals who have influenced them—their inspirational “daddies.” The essayists include fiction writers, poets, and performance artists, both honored masters of contemporary literature and those just beginning to blaze their own trails. They find their artistic ancestry among not only literary icons—Walt Whitman, Oscar Wilde, André Gide, Frank O’Hara, James Baldwin, Edmund ...
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Overview

Who’s Yer Daddy? offers readers of gay male literature a keen and engaging journey. In this anthology, thirty-nine gay authors discuss individuals who have influenced them—their inspirational “daddies.” The essayists include fiction writers, poets, and performance artists, both honored masters of contemporary literature and those just beginning to blaze their own trails. They find their artistic ancestry among not only literary icons—Walt Whitman, Oscar Wilde, André Gide, Frank O’Hara, James Baldwin, Edmund White—but also a roster of figures whose creative territories are startlingly wide and vital, from Botticelli to Bette Midler to Captain Kirk.
    Some writers chronicle an entire tribal council of mentors; others describe a transformative encounter with a particular individual, including teachers and friends whose guidance or example cracked open their artistic selves. Perhaps most moving are the handful of writers who answered the question literally, writing intimately of their own fathers and their literary inheritance. This rich volume presents intriguing insights into the contemporary gay literary aesthetic.
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The genesis of this anthology of "literary ancestors" was a session moderated by Elledge (English, Kennesaw State Univ.; ed., Queers in American Popular Culture) at the 2009 Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference, where many of these pieces were delivered. These were fleshed out by Elledge and Groff (coeditor, Persistent Voices) to a total of 39, most previously unpublished. The focus is on gay, male authors, but within that confine is diversity of ethnicity, character, and voice. The coeditors and authors expand the concept of mentorship considerably; "inspiration" or "muse" might be more accurate. Whatever they're called, these "daddies" are not all literary figures, and of those many are neither gay nor male; dip in and you're as likely to come up with Captain Kirk or Bette Midler as Walt Whitman. The quality of the pieces varies, but most are literate, insightful, and self aware. VERDICT Although the material here is neither as flippant nor sexually provocative as the title suggests, gay bibliophiles and aspiring writers, especially those interested in the creative process, will enjoy this engaging collection.—Richard J. Violette, Victoria P.L., British Columbia, Canada
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“A diverse and colorful anthology. This is the first major work to focus on accomplished writers, on the specific topic of their creative influences.”—Jerry Rosco, author of Glenway Wescott Personally

“These vibrant essays draw the reader in, illuminating a rich, intriguing, and previously unexplored subject.”—Will Fellows, author of Farm Boys and editor of Gay Bar

“A wonderful anthology about literary mentors to a host of interesting gay male writers in the past few decades. An original aspect of this book is the diversity it represents.”—Philip Gambone, author of Travels in a Gay Nation: Portraits of LGBTQ Americans

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299289430
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 12/5/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 855,730
  • File size: 614 KB

Meet the Author

Jim Elledge is professor of English at Kennesaw State University and author of A History of My Tattoo: A Poem; The Chapters of Coming Forth by Day: A Novel; and Various Envies: Poems. David Groff, an independent writer and poet, is author of Theory of Devolution and coeditor of Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS and Whitman’s Men: Walt Whitman’s Calamus Poems Celebrated by Contemporary Photographers.
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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionJim Elledge and David GroffCulture Club in Space: An Anecdotal PoeticsBenjamin S. GrossbergWalt Whitman: "Glow on the extremest verge . . ."Mark DotyLatin Moon DaddyCharles Rice-GonzalezMaking a Man Out of MeRichard BlancoUnder the InfluenceChip LivingstonMy Mother's Grave Is YellowDale PeckSome Notes, Thoughts, Recollections, Revisions & Corrections Regarding Becoming, Being & Remaining a Gay WriterJustin ChinMy Three DadsCharles JensenOrpheus in TexasSaeed Jones"It does not have to be yours"Mark BibbinsA Hidden Life (On Joy Williams)Paul LisickyPositively Not: A Talk about Poetries and TraditionsBrian TeareRomanticJeff MannThe Tallahachee [sic] Meets the Arve, or Unexpected Gay Confluences in the '70sGreg HewettHow I Learned to Drive: The Education of a Gay Disabled WriterKenny FriesHow to Skin a DeerMartin HyattThe Little Girls with PenisesJim ElledgeOubloirDavid McConnellBeloved JotoranosRigoberto GonzálezLeaving BerlinEllery WashingtonTeenage Riot: Notes on Some Books that Guided Me through a Profoundly Hormonal TimeAlistair McCartneyMy Radical DadsDavid GroffThe Mentor I Never Met: Janet FrameAaron HamburgerMy Father's NovelRichard McCannFugitivesJames Allen HallSome Notes on Influences or Why I Am Not ObjectiveMichael KleinI Will Tell This Story the Way I ChooseShaun LevinThom Gunn: A Memoir of ReadingRandall MannQueering an Italian American Poetic LegacyPeter CovinoVanity Fairey Interviews Writer Noel AlumitNoel AlumitThe Four of ThemThomas GlaveJumpstartTim MillerCalibanDave KingMy First Poetic Mentor Was a Welshman Named LeslieTimothy LiuThe World Is Full of OrphansRaymond LuczakThe Seismology of Love and LettersBrian LeungBotticelli BoyRick BarotMiss ThingPaul Bonin-RodriguezThirteen Ways of Looking at My FatherKarl Soehnlein Contributors
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