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Eli Clare, whose latest book was published by local Homofactus Press, is a finalist for the 2007 Lambda Literary Award for his poetry and prose collection, “The Marrow’s Telling: Words in Motion.”
“As a poet who writes about disability, queerness, and the body, and as an activist who is committed to art, as well as polemic, to have my work recognized is sweet,” said Clare in a statement. “But that recognition isn’t only about me. It’s also about the many communities from which my work arises.”
The book spans 15 years, exploring how bodies carry history and identity over time. Embracing contradiction and repetition, this work maps itself around embodied experiences of disability, race, gender transgression and transition, family violence and sexuality.
White, disabled, and genderqueer, Eli Clare has walked across the United States for peace, coordinated a rape prevention program, and helped organize the first ever Queerness and Disability Conference, according to a press release. He has spoken all over the United States at conferences, community events, and colleges about disability, queer identities, and social justice.
The sophomore work from new Ypsilanti-based publishing house Homofactus Press http://www.homofactuspress.com, “The Marrow’s Telling” is vivid and frank about white privilege, peace work, class, disability, childhood abuse, gender transgressions and queer sexuality.
“We are thrilled that this collection of poetry and prose – one that is both harrowing and redemptive – has been honored by the Lambda Literary Foundation,” said publisher Jay Sennett.