South End resident Phil Gambone, will read from his latest book of interviews with LGBTQ Americans at the South End Library on Tuesday, October 26. Gambone has published short stories in many literary magazines and anthologies. A recipient of artist’s fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the MacDowell Colony, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, he has also been listed in Best American Short Stories, 1989 (Houghton Mifflin). His collection of short stories, The Language We Use Up Here, was published by Dutton in 1991. The book was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. His novel, Beijing (2003) was nominated for two awards, including a PEN/Bingham Award for Best First Novel.
Gambone has extensive publishing credits in nonfiction as well. He has contributed numerous essays, reviews, features pieces, and scholarly articles, to several local and national journals including Bay Windows, The Harvard Crimson, The New York Times Book Review, Italian Americana, and The Boston Globe. He has also written extensively about China for several publications and has contributed chapters to two high school textbooks about ancient and modern China published by Cheng and Tsui.
His personal essays have appeared in a number of anthologies, including Hometowns (Dutton), Sister and Brother (Harper San Francisco), Wrestling with the Angel (Riverside), Inside Out (Purdue), The Man I Might Become (Marlowe), Boys Like Us (Avon), and Wonderlands (Wisconsin), and Big Trips (Wisconsin).
A book of interviews, Something Inside: Conversation with Gay Fiction Writers (University of Wisconsin Press, 1999), was named one of the “Best Books of 1999” by Pride magazine. His most recent book is Travels in a Gay Nation: Portraits of LGBTQ Americans (University of Wisconsin Press, 2010), which has just been nominated for an American Library Association award.
The author has taught writing at the University of Massachusetts, Boston College, and in the freshman expository writing program at Harvard. For twenty-seven years, he was on the faculty at The Park School in Brookline. Currently, he teaches English at Boston University Academy. He has twice been awarded Distinguished Teaching Citations by Harvard.