Two-time Lambda Literary Award recipient and Guggenheim Fellow Fenton Johnson’s career has covered both coasts and ranged from the gay publications that covered the first decades of the LGBT civil rights movement to Harper’s and The New York Times Magazine, where he broke the Times’ prohibition against covering the LGBT community. A member of the UA faculty since 2000, he has published six books with mainstream and literary presses, with a seventh book forthcoming. He’ll discuss the evolution of LGBT publishing, the rise of the memoir (including his award-winning AIDS memoir Geography of the Heart), the special place memoir has in the LGBT civil rights struggle, and his latest novel The Man Who Loved Birds. He’ll read from his forthcoming (May 2017) collection Everywhere Home: A Life in Essays, which includes essays written from San Francisco in the first decades of the AIDS pandemic. He will address our community’s rich history in advancing American and world arts, culture, and human rights. Author of one of the first considerations of same-gender marriage published in mainstream media, he’ll leave time for discussion about how its legalization has transformed LGBT activism.
The recipient of many literary awards, Fenton Johnson is the author of a new novel The Man Who Loved Birds, as well as a Harper’s Magazine cover essay (Going It Alone: The Dignity and Challenge of Solitude http://www.fentonjohnson.com/site/publications/essays/cultural-commentary/ ). He is the author of two previous novels, Crossing the River and Scissors, Paper, Rock, as well as Geography of the Heart: A Memoir and Keeping Faith: A Skeptic’s Journey among Christian and Buddhist Monks. His collected essays Everywhere Home: A Life in Essays will be published in 2017. He was recently featured on Terry Gross’s Fresh Air http://www.npr.org/2015/03/12/392564716/inspired-by- monks-a- writer-embraces- his- life-of- solitude.
For more information: www.fentonjohnson.com.
Questions for Prof. Johnson? jfentonjohnson[at]gmail.com