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Two Professors Win Lambda Literary Award in New York.

Ernesto Javier Martínez and Michael Hames-García—both professors in the Department of Ethnic Studies—were awarded the prestigious national Lambda Literary Award in the category of “best LGBT anthology” for their co-edited book Gay Latino Studies: A Critical Reader (Duke University Press, 2011).

This award was announced in early June at a sold-out gala ceremony in New York City. The event attracted over 400 attendees, sponsors, and celebrities to celebrate excellence in LGBT literature.

Previous winners of the Lambda Award include fiction writers Michael Cunningham, Jeanette Winterson, Colm Toibin, and Armistead Maupin; noted historians Martin Duberman, Alan Berube, and Lillian Faderman; mystery writers Joseph Hansen, Nicola Griffith, and Michael Nava; poets Adrienne Rich and Mark Doty; and playwright Tony Kushner.

Praise for the book:

Judith Halberstam, Professor of English at the University of Southern California, writes that Gay Latino Studies “ is a startlingly original collection of essays on the culture and social worlds of gay Latinos. Using a wonderful format that pairs essays with response pieces, the book as a whole reads like a sparkling conversation full of wit, insight, cultural relevance, and political critique. Covering topics from gay shame and shamelessness, to dance and sexual identity, to the impact of HIV on gay Latino communities, Gay Latino Studies will quickly find its way onto bookshelves and into classrooms around the world.”

Ramón Saldívar, Professor of English at Stanford University, writes “This collection will be an indispensable reference for any scholar working in queer or Latina/o studies. With its broad disciplinary and theoretical scope, it effectively establishes the field of gay Latino studies. It will shape the questions posed in this realm of study for some time to come

For more information, please contact Ernesto Javier Martinez (ejm@uoregon.edu).

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