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|Honors go to Atlanta gay scribes|
|by Dyana Bagby|
|January 12, 2012 18:15|
This week was a good one for Atlanta gay writers. Johnny Drago won first place in Creative Loafing's annual Fiction Writing issue and Collin Kelley's novel "Remain In Light" is up for the prestigious Townsend Prize for Fiction.
"I’m a writer who happens to be gay. I’ve never understood the whole 'gay writer' tag," Collin said when "Remain In Light" was first released. "Is a 'gay writer' someone who strictly writes about LGTBQ characters and situations? If I write about straight people am I suddenly not a 'gay writer?
"It’s a semantics thing, but I also think it’s lazy shorthand that got foisted on LGBTQ writers by the publishing world and the media," he added.
The book launch of "Remain In Light" is Jan. 31 at the Decatur Library.
UPDATE: Also nominated for a Townsend Prize is out lesbian Amanda Kyle Williams for her thriller "The Stranger You Seek." This novel centers around a former FBI profiler trying to hunt down a serial killer loose on the streets of Atlanta while also battling her own demons.
Photo: Collin Kelley, finalist for the prestigious Townsend Prize for Fiction. (by Colin Potts)
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