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Lawrence Schimel

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Bio: Lawrence Schimel was born in New York City on 16 October 1971 and is currently living in Madrid, Spain.

He is an award-winning author and anthologist, who has published over 100 books in a wide variety of genres, including fiction, cooking, gender studies, sports, poetry--and of course comics!

Vacaciones en Ibiza (Vacation in Ibiza), illustrated in color by Catalan comics artist Sebas, is published in Spain by Egales, in the U.S. by NBM Publishing, and in Germany from Heinz und Horst. The American edition was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award.

A short black and white comics story, "The Anniversary," appears in Jennifer Camper's anthology Juicy Mother 2 (Soft Skull) and also excerpted in the 2006 Prism Guide

Schimel is a contributor to the comics-related anthologies The Sandman: Book of Dreams edited by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins) and Superheroes edited by John Varley (Berkeley), and has also translated graphic novels (by Segrelles, etc.) from Spanish into English for NBM Publishing.

He was a Guest of Honor at Gaylaxicon 2009.

About his other work:

He is the winner of the Lambda Literary Award for his gender studies book Pomosexuals: Challenging Assumptions About Gender and Sexuality (co-edited with Carol Queen; Cleis Press) which was also a finalist for the Firecracker Alternative Book Award and the Small Press Book Award.

With Carol Queen he also edited Switch Hitters: Lesbians Write Gay Male Erotic And Gay Men Write Lesbian Erotica (Cleis), a project which questioned the notion of gendered writing while postulating questions such as whether we feel desire more on an axis of orientation or of gender. The German edition won the Siegesseuele Book of the Year Award.

With Michael Lassell he published Two Hearts Desire: Gay Couples On Their Love (St. Martin's Press) which for the first time allowed both sides of gay relationships to have their say about each other.

His AIDS benefit cookbook Food for Life: ...And Other Dish (Cleis Press) gathered recipes and anecdotes from notable members of the gay and lesbian community, such as Martina Navratilova, RuPaul, Tony Kushner, Dorothy Allison, and many more, with all royalties donated to 18 meals on wheels programs across the country, such as God's Love We Deliver and Project Angel Food.

His short story collection The Drag Queen Of Elfland (Circlet Press) merged the worlds of science fiction/fantasy with gay and lesbian literature and was a finalist for the Firecracker Alternative Book Award, Lambda Literary Award, Small Press Book Award, and Spectrum Award.

He continued to explore the worlds of queer fantasy with the anthology Things Invisible To See: Lesbian And Gay Tales Of Magic Realism (Circlet) which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and the Spectrum Award.

His anthology The Mammoth Book Of Gay Erotica (UK-robinson books/US-Carroll & Graf) featured such literary heavy-weights as Alan Hollinghurst, Edmund White, Andrew Holleran, and Christopher Bram, alongside younger voices, and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for best anthology.

His collection of his own erotic short stories--published in English as His Tongue (North Atlantic Books)--was first published in translation in Spain, Brazil, and Germany, where the press especially commended its giving safer sex role models without sacrificing erotic content, making it an effect tool for reaching men who would ignore pamphlets and similar outreach methods. His Tongue was a finalist for both the Lambda Literary Award and the ForeWord Book of the Year Award.

Most recently, he's turned his attention to books exploring and reconciling Judaism and homosexuality, with the anthologies Kosher Meat (Sherman Asher) exploring sexuality, which was a finalist for both Lambda Literary Award and the ForeWord Book of the Year Award, and Found Tribe: Jewish Coming Out Stories (Sherman Asher) dealing with issues of community, which was a double-finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and also a finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year Award. Both titles were selections of the InsightOut Book Club and Traditions Jewish Book Club.

In Spain, he published the anthology Ells S'estimen. Poemes D'amor Entre Homes in Catalan in 1999, the first anthology of gay love poetry in any of the languages of Spain, as well as a collection of stories, Dos Chicos Enamorados (Two Boys in Love) which has not yet been published in English.

Some of his non-gay books include Venus And Serena Williams (Andrews McMeel) a joint biography of the dynamic record-breaking sisters; the American Vampire series from Cumerbland House, including Streets Of Blood: Vampire Stories From New York, Blood Lines: Vampire Stories From New England, and Fields Of Blood: Vampire Stories From The American Heartland; and Camelot Fantastic.

His work has been translated into Basque, Catalan, Czech, Dutch, Esperanto, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, and Spanish.

For two years he served as co-chair of the Publishing Triangle, the organization of lesbians and gay men in the publishing industry, responsible for National Lesbian and Gay Book Month, BookAIDS (a program which delivers over 40,000 books free to PWAs each year), an annual awards series, and numerous other programs and events.


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Blood Lines: Vampire Stories From New England
Camelot Fantastic
Fields Of Blood: Vampire Stories From The American Heartland
Food for Life: ...And Other Dish
Found Tribe: Jewish Coming Out Stories
His Tongue
Juicy Mother 2
Kosher Meat
Misterio en el Jardín
Pomosexuals: Challenging Assumptions About Gender and Sexuality
Streets Of Blood: Vampire Stories From New York
Superheroes
Switch Hitters: Lesbians Write Gay Male Erotic And Gay Men Write Lesbian Erotica
The Drag Queen Of Elfland
The Mammoth Book Of Gay Erotica
The Sandman: Book of Dreams
Things Invisible To See: Lesbian And Gay Tales Of Magic Realism
Two Hearts Desire: Gay Couples On Their Love
Vacation in Ibiza


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