Interviews

It is hard to believe that half of 2011 is already over. One of my goals for the year is to devote a post a month to interviewing an emerging GLBT poet. I’ve had an amazing time doing this project and getting to know more about many of my peers that I greatly admire. June marks my sixth interview and this month I talked with Steven Reigns. I hope you will enjoy our conversation. Stephen: Let’s...
1.As a writer, I find that writing about myself personally is challenging. Why did you decide to write an autobiographical book with you as the subject? My first collection, Your Dead Body is My Welcome Mat, was a mixture of fiction and nonfiction. After the book was published, the nonfictional elements began to feel a bit cheap to me. I kept hearing from readers how much the book affected them...
by Chip Alfred It’s been nearly ten years since Steven Reigns released his last book of poetry. Reigns, a Los Angles poet and HIV advocate, is an HIV test counselor and runs a weekly support group for HIV-positive gay men exploring identity issues. After participating in his first AIDS Walk in 1993, Reigns has been a part of countless AIDS walks, protests, and fundraisers. His fifth poetry...
How did this project come about? I created Write Now, a writing workshop for GLBTQ youth. I had been teaching it for a few years and was soon asked to teach a workshop at a hospice’s retreat for people living with HIV. With my workshops for youth, the first writing exercise was to write about their first time—it could be sex, kissing, hand holding, any charged moment they considered a first....
(Editor’s note: I’ve known performance artist, author and activist Tim Miller for many years now and when he tells friends that Steven Reigns’ Inheritance is “one of the fiercest and wisest memoirs I have read in a long time” – I listen. Tim says: “Though unsparing in its account of a gay boy’s journey through abuse, Inheritance exhilarates in the energy released when the story is told, claimed...
We the members of OUTreach decided to come up with some questions for Steven Reigns, which he answered wonderfully for us. Hopefully this will help you all out and let you know that you are not alone in whatever you are going through. When did you realize your sexuality? Coming to terms with my sexuality was complicated for me. I didn’t grow up in a religious household so I didn’t have to...
It was an honor to speak before people devoted to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans written word. I was equally awed by my company on the dais. I was sharing space with some of the people who impacted my youth and refined my palate: Barbara Grier published some of the first lesbian literature I read, John D'Emilio wrote about the men and women who were absent from my school history books,...