EVENT: OutwriteDC Panel/East City Books/February 10,2017/6-8 PM

I will be on a panel/reading hosted by OutwriteDC at East City Books.

ADDRESS: 645 Pennsylvania Avenue SE #100 Washington, DC 20003
TIME: 6-8PM
PANELISTS: Everett Maroon, Risa Denenberg, David Eye
MODERATOR: Joe Okonkwo

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Hope to see you there!

 

On “Moonlight”: in praise of blue black boys

I finally saw the movie “Moonlight” over the holidays. I am pleased that it was nominated for 8 Academy Awards. Adapted from the play “In Moonlight, Black Boys Look Blue,” the film is, among other things, a coming-out story of a young black man, set against the backdrop of the 1980s war on drugs. It’s a sparse film, full of small gestures and precise performances. The main character is seamlessly played by three actors, from prepubescence to young adulthood.

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The resonance between my 2013 YA novel BEREFT and the film is very strong. Like the character Chiron in Moonlight, my 13-year old character Rafe faces bullying and lives with his mentally unstable mother in an inner city neighborhood. (BEREFT differs in that it focuses on Rafe’s school life when he gets a scholarship to a Catholic prep school).

The importance of the movie, which centers on black queer love, cannot be overstated.
Our stories are finally getting the recognition they deserve.

3 stories by Craig Laurance Gidney on Great Jones Street!

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The fiction app Great Jones Street has reprinted three of my stories.

Magpie Sisters – a magical realist fairytale

Circus Boy Without A Safety Net – a coming out fable about a queer black boy and his love of Lena Horne

Strange Alphabets – a historical fantasy about the French poet Arthur Rimbaud

Celebrity Ghosts, 80s style: At Danceteria & Other Stories by Philip Dean Walker

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The specter of AIDS haunts this star-studded, themed collection which is set in the early 80s, just at the beginning of the AIDS crisis. The cast includes Keith Haring, Sylvester, the Reagans, Jackie O, and Little Edie Beale. The settings veer from New York Bathhouses to the Castro to Fire Island to the White House. The brief book exudes a unique mixture of camp and nostalagia, shot through with a prophetic melancholy.

Forthcoming Interview with the author….

NEW FICTION: Pestilence (Case Studies in Paranoid-Empathetic-Selective-Telepathy”

The rise and subsequent normalization of White Supremacy in this election season is the reason I wrote “Pestilence (Case Studies in Paranoid-Empathetic-Selective-Telepathy,” It’s a piece of flash fiction that deals with the new forms that racism has taken on in the current zeitgeist.

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