Freedom in This Village: Twenty-Five Years of Black Gay Men's Writing

Freedom in This Village: Twenty-Five Years of Black Gay Men's Writing


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Freedom in This Village charts for the first time ever the innovative course of black gay male literature of the past 25 years. Starting in 1979 with the publication of James Baldwin's final novel, Just Above My Head, then on to the radical writings of the 1980s, the breakthrough successes of the 1990s, and up to today's new works, editor E. Lynn Harris collects 47 sensational stories, poems, novel excerpts, and essays. Authors featured include Samuel R. Delany, Essex Hemphill, Melvin Dixon, Marlon Riggs, Assotto Saint, Larry Duplechan, Reginald Shepherd, Carl Phillips, Keith Boykin, Randall Kenan, Thomas Glave, James Earl Hardy, Darieck Scott, Gary Fisher, Bruce Morrow, John Keene, G. Winston James, Bil Wright, Robert Reid Pharr, Brian Keith Jackson, as well as an array of exciting new and established writers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786713875
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 09/09/2004
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 543,889
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.25(d)

About the Author


Chicago, Illinois

Date of Birth:

June 20, 1955

Date of Death:

July 23, 2009

Place of Birth:

Flint, Michigan

Place of Death:

Los Angeles, California


B.A. in journalism, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, 1977

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Freedom in This Village: Twenty-Five Years of Black Gay Men's Writing 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What many folks fail to recognize is the lack of 'African-American' men and women in the GLBT community. Well, that has finally been done with now that this fine compilation has been released. Composed of the finest black gay mens writing from the past 25 years, 'Freedom in This Village' includes some of the best short stories, essays and poems ranging from the sinewy sweet to the angry to the uplifting and the downtrodden. A wonderful collection of writing and a wonderful monument to gay black men everywhere who are marginalized and pushed aside.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just started reading it (smile) but felt compelled to write the following...If you are a lover of Black Gay Male Literature then this is the book to purchase. Freedom In This Village: Twenty-Five Years of Black Gay Men's Writing edited and and with an introudction by E. Lynn Harris. I happened (smile) to be coming from The Abbey during my time home in Los Angeles last week when I passed A Different Light Bookstore. I went in and displayed prominently was this book and of course, I had to have it, and so I bought it, and anticipated reading it once I completed 'The Last Dream Before Dawn.' I started reading this book last night on the 2 train (New York City) and while I was reading 'About The Contributors' a combination of anger and sadness came over me and one that at this time I cannot capture but it was more to the fact that we need books that celebrate us...Black Gay Men I was saddened by the number of men who died of AIDS related illnesses and was like what are we doing, what am I doing, to honor these men who made it possible for me to be one that to some degree has a bit more 'freedom in the village' than they did. As I was looking through the 'Table of Contents' I saw some familiar names and new names that I look forward to reading. We need or rather I feel we need books like this on the regular as there are so many voices as one is not merely enough and also cannot tell all our stories. I implore you, each of you, to rise and have your voices heard and if you are a lover of Black Gay Male Literature then by all means purchase this book if not for you then for someone else. With that said, I have some reading to do (smile)...