Who?s Yer Daddy?: Gay Writers Celebrate Their Mentors And Forerunners

Hardcover | December 5, 2012

EditorJim Elledge, David Groff

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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 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.

Winner, LGBT Nonfiction Anthology, Lambda Literary Awards

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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 ...

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 Whit...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.2 inPublished:December 5, 2012Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Jim Elledge and David Groff
Culture Club in Space: An Anecdotal Poetics
Benjamin S. Grossberg
Walt Whitman: "Glow on the extremest verge . . ."
Mark Doty
Latin Moon Daddy
Charles Rice-Gonzalez
Making a Man Out of Me
Richard Blanco
Under the Influence
Chip Livingston
My Mother's Grave Is Yellow
Dale Peck
Some Notes, Thoughts, Recollections, Revisions & Corrections Regarding Becoming, Being & Remaining a Gay Writer
Justin Chin
My Three Dads
Charles Jensen
Orpheus in Texas
Saeed Jones
"It does not have to be yours"
Mark Bibbins
A Hidden Life (On Joy Williams)
Paul Lisicky
Positively Not: A Talk about Poetries and Traditions
Brian Teare
Romantic
Jeff Mann
The Tallahachee [sic] Meets the Arve, or Unexpected Gay Confluences in the '70s
Greg Hewett
How I Learned to Drive: The Education of a Gay Disabled Writer
Kenny Fries
How to Skin a Deer
Martin Hyatt
The Little Girls with Penises
Jim Elledge
Oubloir
David McConnell
Beloved Jotoranos
Rigoberto González
Leaving Berlin
Ellery Washington
Teenage Riot: Notes on Some Books that Guided Me through a Profoundly Hormonal Time
Alistair McCartney
My Radical Dads
David Groff
The Mentor I Never Met: Janet Frame
Aaron Hamburger
My Father's Novel
Richard McCann
Fugitives
James Allen Hall
Some Notes on Influences or Why I Am Not Objective
Michael Klein
I Will Tell This Story the Way I Choose
Shaun Levin
Thom Gunn: A Memoir of Reading
Randall Mann
Queering an Italian American Poetic Legacy
Peter Covino
Vanity Fairey Interviews Writer Noel Alumit
Noel Alumit
The Four of Them
Thomas Glave
Jumpstart
Tim Miller
Caliban
Dave King
My First Poetic Mentor Was a Welshman Named Leslie
Timothy Liu
The World Is Full of Orphans
Raymond Luczak
The Seismology of Love and Letters
Brian Leung
Botticelli Boy
Rick Barot
Miss Thing
Paul Bonin-Rodriguez
Thirteen Ways of Looking at My Father
Karl Soehnlein
 
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“Gay bibliophiles and aspiring writers, especially those interested in the creative process, will enjoy this engaging collection.”—Library Journal