The Lambda Literary Awards Honor Hilton Als and Eileen Myles, Name Winners in 26 Categories

Eileen Myles at the Lambda Literary Awards on Tuesday.

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Comedian Kate Clinton’s first target as host of Monday night’s 28th Lambda Literary Awards was Donald Trump. “It’s like binge-watching the Armageddon,” she said of the Republican candidate, before leading the audience through the night’s 26 categories, taking in everything from gay erotica to the first Lammy for transgender poetry.

New Yorker critic and White Girls author Hilton Als received the night’s Trustee Award for Excellence in Literature. Tavi Gevinson, the 20-year-old editor of Rookie who is currently appearing in The Crucible on Broadway, introduced Als, saying that they had exchanged thousands of emails about the art of writing. She recalled spending Thanksgiving together the year they met: When Als suggested that Gevinson should invite her then–love interest, she demurred, leading Als to observe, “I’ve been waiting my whole life for a girl not to invite her boyfriend.” Accepting the award, Als referred to himself as “an old lesbian who frequently scratches his balls.”


The Pioneer Award was presented to Eileen Myles by poet Natalie Diaz, a member of the Mojave and Pima Indian tribes, who smilingly noted the irony of being asked “to give a white woman the Pioneer Award.” She quickly added, “I’m just kidding, I love white women—it’s one of my colonial vices.” Myles, in on the joke, took the stage wearing a Davy Crockett-style coonskin cap.

The full list of winners of the 28th Annual Lambda Literary Awards:

Lesbian Fiction: Under the Udala Trees, by Chinelo Okparanta

Gay Fiction: God in Pink, by Hasan Namir

Bisexual Fiction: The Life and Death of Sophie Stark, by Anna North

Bisexual Nonfiction: Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham, by Emily Bingham


Transgender Fiction: Tiny Pieces of Skull, or a Lesson in Manners, by Roz Kaveney

LGBT Debut Fiction: A Love Like Blood, by Victor Yates

LGBT Nonfiction: “No One Helped”: Kitty Genovese, New York City, and the Myth of Urban Apathy, by Marcia M. Gallo

Transgender Nonfiction: Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: A Voice for Cultural Competency, by Willy Wilkinson

Lesbian Poetry: Life in a Box Is a Pretty Life, by Dawn Lundy Martin


Gay Poetry (tie): Crevasse, by Nicholas Wong, and Reconnaissance, by Carl Phillips

Transgender Poetry: succubus in my pocket, by kari edwards

Lesbian Mystery (tie): Ordinary Mayhem, by Victoria Brownworth, and Tarnished Gold, by Ann Aptaker

Gay Mystery: Boystown 7: Bloodlines, by Marshall Thornton

Lesbian Memoir/Biography: Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, by Kate Carroll de Gutes


Gay Memoir/Biography: James Merrill: Life and Art, by Langdon Hammer

Lesbian Romance: Making A Comeback, by Julie Blair

Gay Romance: When Skies Have Fallen, by Debbie McGowan

Lesbian Erotica: The Muse, by Meghan O’Brien

Gay Erotica: Érotiques Suprèmes, by Miodrag Kojadinovic


LGBT Anthology, Fiction: Beyond: The Queer Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comic Anthology, edited by Sfé R. Monster and Taneka Stotts

LGBT Anthology, Nonfiction: Glitter and Grit: Queer Performance from the Heels on Wheels Femme Galaxy, edited by Damien Luxe, Heather M. Ács, and Sabina Ibarrola

LGBT Children’s/Young Adult: George, by Alex Gino

LGBT Drama: Bright Half Life, by Tanya Barfield

LGBT Graphic Novels: The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ & Amal, by E.K. Weaver

LGBT SF/F/Horror: The Gracekeepers, by Kirsty Logan

LGBT Studies: A Taste for Brown Bodies: Gay Modernity and Cosmopolitan Desire, by Hiram Pérez