The author of the acclaimed Gay Fiction Speaks brings us new interviews with twelve prominent gay writers who have emerged in the last decade. Hear Us Out demonstrates how in recent decades the can of gay fiction has developed, diversified, and expanded its audience into the mainstream. Readers will recognize names like Michael Cunningham, whose Pulitzer Prize--winning vel The Hours inspired the hit movie; and others like Christopher Bram, Bernard Cooper, Stephen McCauley, and Matthew Stadler. These accounts explore the vicissitudes of writing on gay male themes in fiction over the last thirty years -- prejudices of the literary marketplace; social and political questions; the impact of AIDS; commonalities between gay male and lesbian fiction...and even some delectable bits of gossip.
Richard Canning is lecturer in English and American literature at Sheffield University. He is author of Gay Fiction Speaks (Columbia, 2001) and writes regularly for The Independent.