“A pioneer of gay literature” (ForeWord magazine), poet/novelist Perry Brass has published 14 books, including How to Survive Your Own Gay Life, The Lover of My Soul, The Harvest, Angel Lust, Warlock, and The Substance of God. His newest is Carnal Sacraments, A Historical Novel of the Future. A finalist 6 times for Lambda Literary Awards, he has been given IPPY Awards from Independent Publisher for Warlock, A Novel of Possession (2002) and Carnal Sacraments (2008) which was also named a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award finalist. His many interests show in what he does, combining poetry, performing arts, politics, spirituality, sexuality, and questions like: “How do you create the self you need to become?” And “Why is the question of ‘God’ so important, even if we don’t believe in It?” He’s had 50 poems set to music by such composers as Chris DeBlasio, Ricky Ian Gordon, Christopher Berg, Mary Carol Warwick, Judith Cloud, and Paula Kimper; and been included in 25 anthologies, including the Male Muse (1973), edited by Ian Young—the first openly gay anthology of poetry published in the world; The Gay Liberation Book (1974), from Ramparts Press, with contributions by Tom Hayden, John Lennon, and William S. Burroughs, and The Columbia Anthology of Gay Literature (1998), edited by Byrne R. S. Fone, from Columbia University Press. He lives in the Bronx, and can be reached through his website, www.perrybrass.com, at MySpace/PerryBrassbooks, or through http://urbanmolecule.com
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