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Lambda Literary Awards

The Lambda Literary Awards, also known as the "Lammys," are awarded annually to recognize excellence in gay and lesbian writing and publishing in the U.S. during the preceding year. The awards are sponsored by the non-profit Lambda Literary Foundation, a national organization dedicated to the recognition and promotion of gay and lesbian literature. The LLF also published the Lambda Book Report, a bimonthly review of lesbian and gay literature.


2002

Lesbian Fiction:
Days of Awe by Achy Obejas (Ballantine)

Gay Men's Fiction:
The Practical Heart by Allan Gurganus (Knopf)

Lesbian Poetry:
Fox by Adrienne Rich (Norton)

Gay Men's Poetry:
The Source by Mark Doty (HarperCollins)

Lesbian Mystery:
Merchant of Venus by Ellen Hart (St. Martinís Press)

Gay Men's Mystery:
Rag and Bone by Michael Nava (Putnam)

LGBT Biography:
The Scarlet Professor by Barry Werth (Doubleday)

Memoir / Autobiography:
Noonday Demon by Andrew Solomon (Scribner)

Anthologies/Fiction:
Diva Book of Short Stories edited by Helen Sandler (Millivres Books)

Anthologies/Nonfiction:
The Greatest Taboo edited by Delroy Constantine-Simms (Alyson Books)

Humor:
Fraud by David Rakoff (Doubleday)

SF/Fantasy/Horror:
Point of Dreams by Lisa A. Barnett & Melissa Scott (Tor Books)

Spirituality: -- Tie --
Queer Commentary and the Hebrew Bible edited by Ken Stone (The Pilgrim Press)
and
Escaping Godís Closet by Bernard Duncan Mayes (University Press of Virginia)

Photography/Visual Arts:
Dear Friends by David Deitcher (Harry N. Abrams)

Children/Young Adult:
Finding H.F. by Julia Watts (Alyson Books)

LGBT Small Press:
Conversaciones! by Mariana Romo-Carmona (Cleis Press)

Erotica:
See Dick Deconstruct by Ian Philips (AttaGirl Press)

Bisexuality / Transgender:
Omnigender by Virginia Ramey Mollenkott (The Pilgrim Press)

Romance:
Pages for You by Sylvia Brownrigg (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

LGBT Studies:
Courting Justice: Gay Men and Lesbians v. the Supreme Court by Joyce Murdoch & Deb Price (Basic Books)

Editor's Choice:
Edinburgh by Alexander Chee (Welcome Rain)


2001

Lesbian Fiction:
Valencia by Michelle Tea (Seal Press)

Gay Men's Fiction:
The World of Normal Boys by K.M. Soehnlein (Kensington)

Lesbian Studies:
Lesbian Art in America by Harmony Hammond (Rizzoli)

Gay Men's Studies:
The Isherwood Century by James J. Berg and Chris Freeman (University of Wisconsin)

Lesbian Poetry:
Mercy, Mercy Me by Elena Georgiou (Painted Leaf)

Gay Men's Poetry:
Pastoral by Carl Phillips (Graywolf)

Lesbian Mystery:
Mommy Deadest by Jean Marcy (New Victoria)

Gay Men's Mystery:
The Limits of Justice by John Morgan Wilson (Doubleday)

Lesbian Biography/Autobiography:
Lifesaving by Judith Barrington (Eight Mountain)

Gay Men's Biography/Autobiography:
Bosie by Douglas Murray (Talk Miramax)

Anthologies/Fiction:
Men on Men 2000 edited by David Bergman and Karl Woelz (Plume/Penguin USA)

Anthologies/Nonfiction:
Out of the Ordinary edited by Noelle Howey and Ellen Samuels (Stonewall Inn/St. Martin's)

Humor:
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris (Little Brown)

Photography/Visual Arts:
Faeries by Keri Pickett (Apeture)

Spirituality: -- Tie --
Gay Spirituality by Toby Johnson (Alyson)
and
It's Never About What It's About by Krandall Krauss and Paul Borja (Alyson)

SF/Fantasy/Horror:
Kirith Kirin by Jim Grimsley (Meisha Merlin)

Drama:
Hedwig and the Angry Inch by John Cameron (Overlook)

Children/Young Adult:
Out of the Ordinary edited by Noelle Howey and Ellen Samuels (Stonewall Inn/St. Martin's)

Transgender:
The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff (Viking/Penguin USA)

Small Press: -- Tie --
Kamikaze Lust by Lauren Sanders (Akashic)
Between Dances by Between Dances by Erasmo Guerra (Painted Leaf)

Editor's Choice:
Coming Out of Cancer edited by Victoria A. Brownworth (Seal Press)


2000

Lesbian Fiction:
Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters

Gay Men's Fiction:
Allan Stein by Matthew Stadler

Lesbian Studies:
To Believe in Women: What Lesbians Have Done for America by Lillian Faderman

Gay Men's Studies:
Pictures and Passions: A History of Homosexuality in the Visual Arts by James Saslow

Lesbian Poetry:
Rave by Olga Broumas

Gay Men's Poetry: -- Tie --
The Anchorage by Mark Wunderlich
and
Trappings by Richard Howard

Lesbian Mystery:
Hunting the Witch by Ellen Hart

Gay Men's Mystery:
Justice at Risk by John Morgan Wilson

Lesbian Biography/Autobiography:
The Trials of Radclyffe Hall by Diana Souhami

Gay Men's Biography/Autobiography:
The Velveteen Father by Jesse Green

Anthologies/Nonfiction:
This Is What Lesbian Looks Like, edited by Kris Kleindienst

Anthologies/Fiction:
Vintage Book of International Lesbian Fiction, edited by Naomi Holoch, Joan Nestle, and Nancy Holden

Photography/Visual Arts:
Pictures and Passions: A History of Homosexuality in the Visual Arts by James Saslow

Humor:
That's Mr. Faggot To You by Michael Thomas Ford

Spirituality: -- Tie --
Respecting the Soul by Keith Boykin
and
Gay Spirit Warrior by John Stowe

SF/Fantasy:
Minions of the Moon by Richard Bowe

Drama:
What I Meant Was by Craig Lucas

Children/Young Adult:
Dare Truth or Promise by Paula Boock

Transgender:
Trumpet by Jackie Kay

Small Press:
Massage by Henry Flesh


1999

Lesbian Fiction:
Cavedweller by Dorothy Allison

Gay Men's Fiction:
An Arrow's Flight by Mark Merlis

Lesbian Studies:
A FragileUnion by Joan Nestle

Gay Men's Studies:
The Other Side of Silence by John Loughery

Lesbian Poetry:
Marianne Faithfull's Cigarette by Gerry Gomez Pearlberg

Gay Men's Poetry:
Ten Commandments by J. D. McClatchy

Lesbian Mystery:
The Blue Place by Nicola Griffith

Gay Men's Mystery:
Outburst by R. D. Zimmerman

Lesbian Biography/Autobiography:
The Indelible Alison Bechdel: Confessions, Comix, and Miscellaneous Dykes to Watch Out for by Alison Bechdel

Gay Men's Biography/Autobiography:
Wisecracker by William J. Mann

Anthologies/Fiction:
Columbia Anthology of Gay Literature edited by Byrne R. S. Fone

Anthologies/Nonfiction:
Q & A: Queer in Asian America, edited by David L. Eng

Photography/Visual Arts: -- Tie --
The Male Nude by David Leddick
and
Women in Love by Barbara Seyda with Diana Herrera

Humor:
Alec Baldwin Doesn't Love Me and Other Trials of My Queer Life by Michael Thomas Ford

Spirituality:
Ferocious Romance by Donna Minkowitz

SF/Fantasy:
Bending the Landscape II, edited by Nicola Griffith

Drama:
O Solo Homo, edited by Holly Hughes

Children/Young Adult:
Telling Tales Out of School by Kevin Jennings

Transgender:
The Empress Is a Man by Michael R. Gorman

Small Press:
bull-jean stories by Sharon Bridgforth

Editor's Choice Award
The Boy by Naeem Murr


1998

Lesbian Fiction:
Beyond the Pale by Elana Dykewomon

Gay Men's Fiction:
The Far Euphrates by Aryeh Lev Stollman

Lesbian Studies:
Does Your Mama Know?, edited by Lisa C. Moore

Gay Men's Studies:
Gay Metropolis, edited by Charles Kaiser

Lesbian Poetry: -- Tie --
Cold River by Joan Larkin
and
School of Fish by Eileen Myles


Gay Men's Poetry:
Beautiful Signor by Cyrus Cassells

Lesbian Mystery:
Father Forgive Me by Randye Lordon

Gay Men's Mystery:
The Magician's Tale by David Hunt

Lesbian Biography/Autobiography:
Blue Windows: a Christian Science Childhood by Barbara Wilson

Gay Men's Biography/Autobiography:
The Poetry of Healing by Rafael Campo

Anthologies/Fiction:
His(2), edited by Robert Drake

Anthologies/Nonfiction:
Queers in Space: Communities, Public Places, Sites of Resistance, edited by Gordon Brent Ingram

Photography/Visual Arts: -- Tie --
Naked Men: Pioneering Male Nudes 1935-1955 by David Leddick
and
Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Writers by Robert Giard

Humor:
Openly Bob by Bob Smith

Spirituality:
Like Bread on the Seder Plate by Rebecca Alpert

SF/Fantasy:
Bending the Landscape, edited by Nicola Griffith and Stephen Pagel

Drama:
Gross Indecency: the Three Trials of Oscar Wilde by Moises Kaufman

Children/Young Adult:
The House You Pass On the Way by Jacqueline Woodson

Transgender:
PoMoSexuals: Challenging Assumptions About Gender and Sexuality, edited by Carol Queen

Small Press:
Does Your Mama Know?, edited by Lisa C. Moore


1997

Lesbian Fiction:
Memory Mambo by Achy Obejas

Gay Men's Fiction:
Funny Boy by Shyam Selvadurai

Lesbian Studies:
Love Between Women by Bernadette J. Brooten

Gay Men's Studies:
Boys Like Us, edited by Patrick Merla

Lesbian Poetry:
All-American Girl by Robin Becker

Gay Men's Poetry:
What the Body Told by Rafael Campo

Lesbian Mystery:
Robber's Wine by Ellen Hart

Gay Men's Mystery:
Death of Friends by Michael Nava

Lesbian Biography/Autobiography:
Life in a Day by Doris Grumbach

Gay Men's Biography/Autobiography:
Geography of the Heart by Fenton Johnson

Anthologies/Fiction:
Women on Women 3, edited by Naomi Holoch

Anthologies/Nonfiction:
Taking Liberties: Gay Men's Essays on Politics, Culture, and Sex , edited by Michael Bronski

Photography/Visual Arts:
Nothing But the Girl by Susie Bright & Jill Posener

Humor:
Homo Handbook by Judy Carter

Spirituality:
The Good Book by Peter Gomes

SF/Fantasy:
Sacrament by Clive Barker

Drama:
Split Britches, edited by Sue-Ellen Case

Children/Young Adult:
Good Moon Rising by Nancy Garden

Transgender:
Body Alchemy: Transsexual Portraits by Loren Cameron

Small Press:
Body Alchemy: Transsexual Portraits by Loren Cameron


1996

Gay Men's Poetry:
Atlantis by Mark Doty

Lesbian Poetry:
Dark Fields of the Republic by Adrienne Rich

Gay Men's Fiction:
Flesh and Blood by Michael Cunningham

Lesbian Fiction:
Autobiography of a Family Photo by Jacqueline Woodson

Lesbian and Gay Anthologies/Fiction:
Tasting Life Twice edited by E.J. Levy

Lesbian and Gay Anthologies/Nonfiction:
Gay and Lesbian Literary Heritage edited by Claude J. Summers

Gay Men's Studies:
De Los Otros by Joseph Carrier

Lesbian Studies:
Dyke Life edited by Karla Jay

Gay Men's Mystery:
Closet by R.D. Zimmerman

Lesbian Mystery:
Intersection of Law and Desire by J.M. Redmann

Lesbian and Gay Science Fiction/Fantasy: -- Tie --
Shadow Man by Melissa Scott Slow River by Nicola Griffith

Lesbian/Gay Small Press Book Award:
The New Fuck You edited by Liz Kotz and Eileen Myles

Gay and Lesbian Humor:
The Butches of Madison County by Ellen Orleans

Children's/ Young Adult:
From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson

Photography/Visual Arts
Paris Was a Woman by Andrea Weiss

Lesbian and Gay Drama: --Tie--
Thinking About the Longstanding Problems of Virtue and Happiness by Tony Kushner
Go Fish by Rose Troche

Gay Men's Biography/Autobiography:
Tom: The Unknown Tennessee Williams by Lyle Leverich

Lesbian Biography/Autobiography:
Aimee and Jaguar by Erica Fischer

Lesbian and Gay Spirituality:
Wrestling with the Angel edited by Brian Bouldrey

Editors' Choice: -- Tie --
Forbidden Passages, Intro by Pat Califia and Janine Fuller
Restricted Entry by Janine Fuller and Stuart Blackley


1995

Gay Men's Poetry:
Collected Poems by Thom Gunn

Lesbian Poetry:
Winter Numbers by Marilyn Hacker

Gay Men's Fiction:
Folding Star by Alan Hollinghurst

Lesbian Fiction:
The Gifts of the Body by Rebecca Brown

Lesbian and Gay Anthologies/Fiction:
Chloe Plus Olivia by Lillian Faderman

Lesbian and Gay Anthologies/Nonfiction:
Sister & Brotherby Joan Nestle and John Preston


1994

Gay Men's Poetry: -- Tie --
Collected Poems by James Schuyler
1990 by Michael Klein

Lesbian Poetry:
The Marvelous Arithmetics of Distance by Audre Lorde

Gay Men's Fiction:
Living Upstairs by Joseph Hansen

Lesbian Fiction:
Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson

Lesbian Biography/Autobiography:
Marguerite Yourcenar by Josyane Savigneau

Gay Men's Biography/Autobiography:
Genet by Edmund White

Lesbian Studies:
Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold by Elizabeth Kennedy and Madeline Davis

Gay Men's Studies:
Conduct Unbecoming by Randy Shilts

Lesbian Mystery:
Divine Victim by Mary Wings

Gay Men's Mystery:
Catilina's Riddle by Steven Saylor

Lesbian and Gay Science Fiction/Fantasy:
The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk

Lesbian and Gay Drama:
Angels in America by Tony Kushner

Lesbian and Gay Humor:
Spawn of Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel

Children's/Young Adult Literature:
The Cat Came Back by Hilary Mullins

Lesbian and Gay Small Press Book Award (tie):
Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg Sojourner, B. Michael Hunter, managing editor

Editor's Choice Award:
A Star-Bright Lie by Coleman Dowell

Lesbian and Gay Anthologies:
Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader by Henry Abelove, Michele Aina Barale and David Halperin


1993

Gay Men's Poetry:
Counting Myself Lucky by Edward Field

Lesbian Poetry:
Undersong by Audre Lorde

Gay Men's Fiction:
Let the Dead Bury Their Dead by Randall Kenan

Lesbian Fiction:
Running Fiercely Toward a High Thin Sound by Judith Katz

Lesbian Nonfiction:
Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook

Gay Men's Nonfiction:
Becoming a Man by Paul Monette

Lesbian Mystery: -- Tie --
The Two Bit Tango by Elizabeth Pincus
Crazy for Loving by Jaye Maiman

Gay Men's Mystery:
The Hidden Law by Michael Nava

Lesbian Science Fiction/Fantasy:
Ammonite by Nicola Griffith

Gay Men's Science Fiction/Fantasy:
China Mountain Zhang by Maureen F. McHugh

Lesbian/Gay Small Press Book Award:
Memories That Smell Like Gasoline by David Wojnarowicz

Children's/Young Adult Literature:
When Heroes Die by Penny Raife Durant

Gay and Lesbian Humor:
Dykes to Watch Out For (The Sequel) by Alison Bechdel

Editor's Choice Award:
Gay Ideas by Richard Mohr

Gay Men's Anthologies:
A Member of the Family edited by John Preston

Lesbian Anthologies:
The Persistent Desire edited by Joan Nestle


1992

Gay Men's Poetry:
The Road Before Us: 100 Gay Black Poets by Assoto Saint

Lesbian Poetry: -- Tie --
An Atlas of the Difficult World by Adrienne Rich
What the Dead Remember by Harlan Greene

Lesbian Fiction: -- Tie --
The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez
The Revolution of Little Girls by Blanche Boyd

Lesbian Science Fiction/Fantasy:
The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez

Gay Men's Science Fiction/Fantasy:
The Dark Beyond the Stars by Frank M. Robinson

Lesbian Nonfiction:
Cancer in Two Voices by Sandra Butler and Barbara Rosenblum

Gay Men's Nonfiction:
The Zuni Man-Woman by Will Roscoe

Lesbian Mystery:
Murder by Tradition by Katherine V. Forrest

Gay Men's Mystery:
Country of Old Men: The Last Dave Brandstetter Mystery by Joseph Hansen

Gay and Lesbian Humor:
Putting on the Ritz by Joe Keenan

Children's/Young Adult Literature:
The Duke Who Outlawed Jelly Beans and other Stories by Johnny Valentine

Lesbian/Gay Small Press Book Award:
Gay Roots: Twenty Years of Gay Sunshine edited by Winston Leyland

Editor's Choice Award:
Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers by Lillian Faderman

Gay Men's Anthologies:
Brother to Brother by Essex Hemphill

Lesbian Anthologies:
Chicana Lesbians: The Girls Our Mothers Warned Us About edited by Carla Trujillo


1991

Gay Men's Poetry:
Decade Dance by Michael Lassell

Lesbian Poetry:
Going Back to the River by Marilyn Hacker

Lesbian Science Fiction/Fantasy:
Gossamer Axe by Gael Baudino

Lesbian Mystery: -- Tie --
Gaudi Afternoon by Barbara Wilson
Ninth Life by Lauren Wright Douglas

Lesbian Debut:
Her by Cherry Muhanji

Gay Men's Debut:
Dancing On Tisha B'av by Lev Raphael

Gay Men's Science Fiction/Fantasy: -- Tie --
Magic's Price by Mercedes Lackey
Secret Matter by Toby Johnson

Gay Men's Mystery:
How Town by Michael Nava

AIDS (special category):
The Way We Live Now edited by Elizabeth Osborn

Gay Men's Nonfiction:
Coming Out Under Fire by Allan Berube

Lesbian Nonfiction:
The Safe Sea of Women by Bonnie Zimmerman

Gay and Lesbian Humor:
New Improved! Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel

Gay Men's Fiction:
The Body and Its Dangers and Other Stories by Allen Barnett

Lesbian Fiction:
Out of Time by Paula Martinac

Gay Men's Anthologies:
Men on Men 3 edited by George Stambolian

Lesbian Anthologies:
Women on Women by Joan Nestle and Naomi Holoch (editors)

Gay Men's Small Press Book Award:
Daddy's Roommate by Michael Willhoite

Lesbian Small Press Book Award: -- Tie --
Different Mothers edited by Louise Rafkin
Making Face/Making Soul by Gloria Anzaldua

Editor's Choice Award:
The Encyclopedia of Homosexuality edited by Wayne Dynes


1990

Gay and Lesbian Poetry:
Poets for Life edited by Michael Klein

Lesbian Science Fiction/Fantasy:
What Did Miss Darrington See? edited by Jessica Amanda Salmonson

Lesbian Mystery:
The Beverly Malibu by Katherine V. Forrest

Gay Men's Mystery:
A Simple Suburban Murder by Mark Zubro

AIDS (A special catagory):
Reports from the Holocaust by Larry Kramer

Gay Men's Nonfiction:
In Search of Gay America by Neil Miller

Gay and Lesbian Humor:
Gay Comics edited by Robert Triptow

Gay Men's Science Fiction/Fantasy:
Somewhere in the Night by Jeffrey N. McMahan

Gay Men's Fiction:
Eighty-Sixed by David B. Feinberg

Lesbian Fiction:
The Bar Stories by Nisa Donnelly

Gay Men's Anthologies:
Hidden from History by Martin Duberman, Martha Vicinus and George Chauncey (editors)

Lesbian Anthologies: -- Tie --
Hidden from History by Martin Duberman, Martha Vicinus and George Chauncey (editors)
Intricate Passions edited by Tee A. Corinne
Out the Other Side edited by Christian McEwen & Sue O'Sullivan

Lesbian Debut:
The Names of the Moons of Mars by Patricia Roth Schwartz

Gay Men's Debut:
The Irreversible Decline of Eddie Socket by John Weir

Lesbian Nonfiction:
Really Reading Gertrude Stein edited by Judy Grahn

Gay and Lesbian Small Press Book Award:
My Life as a Mole by Larry Mitchell

Young Adult/Children's Book Award:
Losing Uncle Tim by Marykate Jordan

Editor's Choice Award:
Lifting Belly edited by Gertrude Stein and Rebecca Mark


1989

Gay and Lesbian Poetry:
Gay and Lesbian Poetry in Our Time edited by Carl Morse and Joan Larkin

Gay Men's Fiction:
The Beautiful Room Is Empty by Edmund White

Lesbian Fiction:
Trash by Dorothy Allison

Gay Men's Mystery/Science Fiction:
Goldenboy by Michael Nava

Lesbian Mystery/Science Fiction:
Skiptrace by Antoinette Azolakov

AIDS (A Special Category):
Borrowed Time by Paul Monette

Gay Men's Nonfiction:
Borrowed Time by Paul Monette

Lesbian First Novel:
Bird-Eyes by Madelyn Arnold

Lesbian Nonfiction:
Lesbian Ethics by Sarah Hoagland

Gay Men's Small Press Book Award: -- Tie --
Goldenboy by Michael Nava
The Delight of Hearts by Almad Al-Tifashi

Lesbian Small Press Book Award:
Trash by Dorothy Allison

Gay Men's First Novel:
The Swimming-Pool Library by Alan Hollinghurst

Editor's Choice Award:
Why Can't Sharon Kowalski Come Home? by Karen Thompson and Julie Andrzejewski




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