It’s Sunday, and I’m sitting in my room at the Carlton Arms
(an art boutique hotel in NYC—for those of you who haven’t mastered
realtorspeak, “boutique” means cramped, kitschy, kinda shabby but in this case
very affordable for Manhattan), sipping coffee from the bagel joint across the
street and recovering from yesterday’s terrific Rainbow Book Fair.
I got in town on Friday, just in time for a nosh and then
over to The CUNY Graduate Studies Center for the gay poetry reading hosted by
Bryan Borland’s Sibling Rivalry Press and Assaracus. The packed room heard a
good two hours of incredible, revelatory poetry by stalwarts like Manny Xavier
(who turned in a bravura performance of “Americanos”) and the legendary Ian
Young as well as brilliant newcomers like Eric Norris, Stephen C. Mills, Evan
Peterson and many, many others. Thanks to Bryan and these terrific poets, it
was truly a thought-provoking program filled with wonder, laughter and delight
at the power of words.
Saturday was a cool, crisp NYC day, just right for a brisk
walk over to the Manhattan Gay and Lesbian Center for the book fair. I sat at
the Lethe Press table signing copies of my books—last year’s Tented as
well as my short fiction collection, Strawberries and Other Erotic Fruits—along
with Joseph DeMarco, who was busily signing copes of his Marco Fontana novels,
including his latest, Crimes on Latimer. Nick Rossano, the model for my
cover, was also there being his lithe, handsome self. He certainly dressed up
the table. Lethe Press’s Steve Berman, as usual, worked the room, schmoozed and
did his publisher thing, in constant communication with his cat, Daulton—who
controlled the whole affair from Maple Shade, NJ between bites of rotisserie
And there were many old friends to see, like the wonderfully
warped Tom Cardamone (thanks for the drink and the advice, Tom…), Jameson
Currier, David Pratt and Michael Graves representing Chelsea Station Editions,
Scott Cranin of TLA, Charlie Vasquez, Elisa (of Elisa Reviews), erotica editor
extraordinaire D.L. King, Don Wiese of Magnus Books, and Charles Rice-Gonzales.
At 2 p.m., I read from Strawberries along with Charles Rice-Gonzalez, Scott Alexander Hess, Larry Closs (Beatitude), and Amy Lane. And I met many new poets and authors,
all of whom have works I’ll be sharing and reviewing in upcoming weeks.
It was a long, exhausting day of signing and selling—thanks
to all those who bought copies of my books (please write reviews on Amazon, the
author begs), thanks to Steve Berman for inviting me, and many many thanks to
Perry Brass (who I saw twice but never met), Sarah Chinn, the Manhattan GLBT
Center and the many others who worked tirelessly to put this whole thing
together. I enjoyed myself tremendously and would come back any time.
And a special thanks to Daniel for Friday night.
Now, back to the reviews …