A Prophet in His Own Land
A Malcolm Boyd Reader
By Malcolm Boyd
Edited by Bo Young and Dan Vera
With a Foreword by Bishop Gene Robinson
Gay/straight, Christian/atheist, coffeehouse or
pulpit, poet or prose, Malcolm Boyd is an exemplar of the American
tradition of life's adventure and free-thinking. He is a gift
to anyone who takes the time to encounter him in his writings.
To celebrate Malcolm Boyd's 85th birthday, and in recognition
of the Lambda Literary Foundation's awarding of the Pioneer
Award to him and his partner Mark Thompson for lifetime achievement,
White Crane Books is proud to announce the publication of
A Prophet in His Own Land: A Malcolm Boyd Reader, a compendium
of five decades of his prose, poetry, prayers and interviews.
This is the first collection of Boyd's writings assembled under
one cover, offering the gamut of the man's heart, mind and soul
to first-time readers or long-time readers alike. Compiled by
Bo Young and Dan Vera, editors of White Crane: the Journal of
Gay Wisdom & Culture, the collection begins with the first
writings Boyd produced, reflecting presciently on his insider's
knowledge and experience in the motion picture business and
the American culture machine and span his coffeehouse years
with comedian Dick Gregory and the early involvement as a Freedom
Marcher with Dr. Martin Luther King. With thirty books written
and/or edited to his credit, this is the first to offer the
true measure of the man.
Take Off The Masks
By Malcolm Boyd with a
new introduction by Mark Thompson
For over sixty years, Malcolm Boyd has written
truthfully about his own journey to fullness. From theologian
to civil rights pioneer to coffee house troubadour to gay rights
icon, Boyd has courageously and whole-heartedly shown the way
to a deeper, more honest examination of all our lives, leading
White Crane Books is proud to re-release Boyds classic
spiritual biography and coming out story, Take Off the Masks,
for a new generation of readers hungry for its insight, honesty
and soulful perception. With a new introduction by Boyds
life partner, Mark Thompson, and a newly added postscript by
Rev. Canon Boyd himself.
ALL: A James Broughton Reader
by James Broughton
Edited by Jack Foley
NOW AVAILABLE AS
In a life that stretched from 1913 to 1999 James
Broughton witnessed and commented on the twentieth century from
the point of view of an outsider. In a time aghast at its own
horrors, Broughton championed laughter. He was a poet, not of
the ivory tower but of the innovative street, a playful, urban
voice with the notion that a poet could change the world. In
a rational century, he asserted mystery.
All: A James Broughton Reader collects
the range of this acclaimed poet and filmmaker.
Gay Spirit in Storytelling
Edited by Toby Johnson & Steve Berman
2007 Lambda Literary
Storytelling can be a way of spinning straw into
gold, of showing ourselves we have drawn a long straw in this
Charmed Lives offers readers a collection
of fiction and personal essays as an alternative to the stories
that society often tells about gay men. Some are whimsical with
a touch of enchantment, some profoundly spiritual, others romantic--all
offer insight into modern gay life that will inspire and shed
light on the grace of being gay with tales of hope against adversity
and love over loneliness.
The Role of Gay Identity
In the Transformation
of Human Consciousness
by Toby Johnson
In this Lambda Literary award-winning title, Toby
Johnson explores how the rise of gay identity has become an
important part of contemporary religious development. This dramatic
transformation has resulted due to the perspective of gay men
with their ability to step outside the assumptions and conventions
of culture and see things from a different point of view. This
book will reward readers seeking new insight into faith as well
as culture, myth and traditions.
Johnsons vision of a life-affirming, sex-positive spirituality
of love, cooperation, mutual respect and acceptance is in sync
with modern scientific knowledge, and does not ask the reader
to suspend logic or critical thinking. Gay Christians who are
struggling with their sexual orientation will especially appreciate
Johnsons convincing refutation of common biblical"
anti-gay arguments. A powerful book for personal change and
a great gift to a gay friend who is unhappy with his life or
suffering from low self-esteem.
Queering the Text
Biblical, Medieval, and
Modern Jewish Stories
by Andrew Ramer ,with an Introduction by Jay Michaelson and Afterwords by Rabbi Camille Shira Angel and Rabbi Dev Noily
Electronic Edition (Amazon)
Andrew Ramer's new book, Queering the Text: Biblical, Medieval, and Modern Jewish Stories , grapples with traditional midrashim, plays with homoerotic love poems from medieval Spain , and envisions alternate versions of the present. Inspired by the pioneering work of Jewish feminists, using the same narrative tools as the rabbis of old, Ramer has crafted stories that anchor LGBT lives in the three thousand year old history of the Jewish people. ''The universe is made up of stories, not atoms,'' wrote poet Muriel Rukeyser. The stories in this book will transport you to a new universe the one we are striving to create, right here and now.
What it gives us is the beauty of his written word and the wisdom of his mind. I will always feel indebted to him for that.
-- Amos Lassen, Lambda Literary
Andrew Ramer is a poet, novelist, midrashist, and body worker. He writes a regular column on spiritual practice for White Crane and has published six books, including the Gay classic Two Flutes Playing (also available on this site (below). He can be found online at andrewramer.com.
Two Flutes Playing
A Spiritual Journeybook
For Gay Men
by Andrew Ramer
New Introduction by Mark Thompson
"We had many saints, many
heroes, both female and male, but I want to speak here of the
saints and heroes of the gay tribes. For this is a period of
human history that has been lost through time, whose return
is vitally needed. For you know the heroes of the other tribes.
But of this small, sacred tribe, whose history has been obscured,
you remember nothing."
So tells acclaimed author Andrew
Ramer in Two Flutes Playing. Within these pages can be
found insight and wisdom. Ramer serves as a mythologist for
gay men, providing evidence to the harmony of gender, love and
sex. A new introduction by the author reveals why this book's
timeless message has once more returned to print as the inaugural
title in the White Crane Spirituality Series.
Michael Bails (Seattle WA) writing
an unsolicited review on the amazon.com site says: "I
was recommended this book after having taken a Body Electric
workshop a few weeks before. From the first page I began to
re-live the entire bonding rituals that we had experienced over
that weekend. How to connect, how to communicate, and how to
intimately bond on a higher plane! ... A definite "must
have" book for the gay tribe who would like to interact
spiritually and emotionally!"
Myth & Meaning
by Mark Thompson
With a new introduction by the author
Arguably the book that started
the Gay Spirituality
Publishers Weekly wrote: Cultural editor of The
Advocate, Thompson here collects previously published articles
and book excerpts from the magazine, each an attempt to define
the status of gay men. In an introduction he distinguishes between
homosexual (a form of sexuality) and gay: "A social identity
and consciousness actively chosen."
The text discusses the gay's role in politics,
religion, culture, identity. Among the contributors are Judy
Grahn, Malcolm Boyd, Harry Hay, William S. Burroughs, Geoff
Mains and many others.