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"An Ugly Lesson in Repression at Cambridge University"

Thomas Glave, a 2012 Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University, discusses campus repression.

-Thomas Glave, The Chronicle Mar 22, 2012

How We Adopted the Fourth of July: A Foreign Holiday

"'The American holiday,' that was how some of my Jamaican family in the U.S. and in Jamaica referred to the Fourth of July. Many years later, as a black child of immigrants from a so-called Third World country and one born and raised in the U.S., I would confront some of the profound ironies at the center of American 'independence' (independence for whom? would loom as a later question).

"But yes, July Fourth was their holiday, the Americans', of whichever color. In our American life, we observed it, as some of them did, with a backyard barbecue (in the years after my parents were able to afford a house in the Bronx), hot dogs and hamburgers."

-Thomas Glave, The New York Times Jul 3, 2010

Slideshow: theGrio's 15 LGBT leaders of tomorrow

"June is Gay Pride Month, a time to honor the accomplishments of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Since the days of the Stonewall Riots, LGBT people of color have played a significant role in advancing many social justice issues." City Lights author Thomas Glaves of "The Torturer's Wife" makes theGrio's list of 15 LGBT Leaders of Tomorrow.

-Talia Whyte, theGrio Jun 9, 2010

Jamaican "Native Son" Challenges Notions of Race and Sexuality

"In record time, Dr. Glave has become known for his erudite expressions concerning the intersection of race and sexuality. In one word, Glave is - brilliant.

While born in the United States in the Bronx, Glave comes from Jamaican parents and spent a considerable amount of his formative years on the tiny island. From his Rasta-like appearance to his sing-song patterns of speech, it is clear that Jamaica - its history and its people - remain imbedded in his spirit."

-D. Kevin McNeir, Footnotes Magazine Feb 10, 2010

The Best LGBT Books of 2009: 56 Writers Select their Favorites

"Alexander Chee (Edinburgh): Two books stood out to me as my favorites in a field of groundbreaking, original works of LGBT fiction: Thomas Glave's The Torturer's Wife, and Alistair McCartney's The End of the World Book. The Torturer's Wife is a follow-up from one of our community's very best short story writers, and The End of the World Book is a triumphant debut from an important new writer. If you're tired of shop and fuck novels about pretty boys who fall for the wrong guy all the time, these might be for you."

-Band of Thebes Dec 2, 2009

The Class of 2009

"With its nameless protagonists, unusual punctuation, poetic breaks, and graphic depictions of genocide and antigay violence, Glave's The Torturer’s Wife is about as far as you’ll get from a breezy beach read. Nonetheless, the Lambda Literary Award winner’s experimental short story collection—which tackles war, slavery, turbulent gay relationships, and HIV—contained some of 2009’s most compelling moments in queer literature. Glave (left) is only the second gay African American (after James Baldwin) to win the O. Henry Prize for short fiction."

-Out Magazine Nov 1, 2009

Interview: Thomas Glave, author of The Torturer's Wife

"A few weeks ago, I was privileged to read and review a collection of short stories by noted author, Thomas Glave, called The Torturer's Wife. I was so enthralled by the depth and poetry of these remarkable, dark, stories that I tracked down the author and asked him to do an interview with me. He graciously agreed. The following is that interview from a truly remarkable writer..."

-Alan Chin, SF BLGT Literary Examiner Nov 5, 2009

Being a Visible Man in the Age of President Obama

"I can't speak for other gay Black men, but I relate to Barack Obama very intensely as a Black male because that's what he is and that's what I am. And that's where my point of connection comes from.

The issues that affect gay Black men are inseparable from the issues that face Black people in the United States. Whether it's not having access to adequate health care, housing or a good education--all of these things are part of Black reality. Not just gay Black reality. However, HIV and AIDS prevention and education is an important issue for Black gay men. We need to be visible so we can be counted by our communities. That hasn't happened as much as it should."

-Thomas Glave, Essence Oct 30, 2009

Podcast: Thomas Glave, reading from The Torturer's Wife

"Thomas Glave was born in the Bronx and grew up there and in Kingston, Jamaica. A 1993 Honors graduate of Bowdoin College and a graduate of Brown University, Glave traveled as a Fulbright Scholar to Jamaica, where he studied Jamaican historiography and Caribbean intellectual and literary traditions. While in Jamaica, Glave worked on issues of social justice, and helped found the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals, and Gays (J-FLAG). Thomas is currently a Professor at Binghamton University in New York.

This reading of excepts from his second collection of stories, The Torturer's Wife, was recorded in progress at the Resistencia Bookstore in Austin, TX, as a part of Fire & Ink III: The Cotillion."

-JW Richard, Mandrake Society Radio Oct 13, 2009

my first cranial orgasm

"I was able to hear this gay Jamaican writer named Thomas Glave read from his latest collection of short stories The Torturer's Wife at Women and Children's First in Andersonville. He had went on before Dorothy Allison for whom we had originally came to listen. I instantly fell in love with Glave's language and imagery and style. I have never heard anything like his sorcery before. Me being so ravenous for literature and the written word, I read The Torturer's Wife in one day. Read the whole thing again the next day. Then reread my favorite stories out of it again until I finally got Whose Song?- his first collection. From Whose Song? I became very attached o '-And Love Them' because the weight in it struck home (even though the seventeen other stories did also) that black men seem to be naturally hated. The deep seeded hate that beckons itself in the womb in the cells."

-Jsun, Little Violent Flowers Blog Aug 3, 2009

KPFT's Queer Voices
Interview with Thomas Glave on Houston's GLBT program Queer Voices. (2 hours)
-KPFT, Houston Apr 13, 2009

Spring Reading List

"The warmer weather has arrived, and with it comes a virtual garden of spring reading delights . . . The Torturer's Wife (City Lights) is the paperback edition of Thomas Glave's short-story collection."

-Gregg Shapiro, Bay Area Reporter Mar 26, 2009

Thomas Glave on Miguels Vineyard with Miguel Sanchez

Thomas Glave, author of The Torturer's Wife, speaks on Miguels Vineyard with Miguel Sanchez. (60 minutes)

-Miguels Vineyard with Miguel Sanchez Mar 22, 2009

The Shelf Talker

"Short story writer Thomas Glave caught our eye when two of our favorite bookstores (Hue-Man in Harlem and City Lights in San Francisco) went a-raving about his upcoming appearances. His second collection The Torturer's Wife, has been out since December and is, according to sources, 'disquieting, graphic, semi-experimental compendium examining violence and ignorance in and out of wartime.'

Good. With that title, anything less would have elicited a deserving yawn.

Mr.Glave's holding court in New York, San Francisco and St. Louis through March. We've never had the pleasure but, given his Vita and headshot, we're expecting much. He's already taken home an O. Henry award, NEA fellowship and a Village Voice 'Writer on The Verge' citation since 2000. Sartorially, the fella's working an array of dreadlocks not spotted since the demise of the Wailers.

We've about had it with all the lousy haircuts in literary circles and urge more authors to follow Mr. Glave's lead. In fact, name an author most in need of a dreadlocking and we'll post the results in next week's column.

I'll cast the first stone: Philip Roth."

-Kevin Smokler, The Huffington Post Mar 4, 2009

Writers Respond: An Interview with Thomas Glave

"I've been following the writing of Thomas Glave, whose story, The Torturer's Wife, appears in the most recent Kenyon Review and absolutely floored me. Immediately after finishing this story, I searched for him online and found Whose Song? in The Barcelona Review. These two stories made me feel things as a writer that I hadn't felt in a long, long time, and I am grateful to Mr. Glave for reminding me of the power of language, the joy one feels when discovering a new favorite writer."

-Green City News Jan 7, 2009

Thomas Glave's work inspires video
"The videographer writes:
'Tribute to the gay Jamaican poet's book Words to Our Now; I showed this at a presentation I gave at a conference as a supplemental music video interlude; as an example of the beautiful and convicting form of epideictic rhetoric that Glave employs. I got wonderful feedback from Mr. Glave on the video. I am glad he felt honored. His essays inspired me, may do the same for you-- '"
-Jamaica Land We GLBT Nov 18, 2008

"The Torturer's Wife" by Thomas Glave
"Author of the acclaimed story collection Whose Song?, award-winning Thomas Glave is known for his stylistic brio and courageous explorations into the heavily mined territories of race and sexuality. Here he expands and deepens his lyrical experimentation in stories that focus—explicitly and allegorically—on the horrors of dictatorships, war, anti-gay violence, the weight of traumatized memory, secret fetishes, erotic longing, desire, and intimacy."
-Geoffrey Philp's Blog Spot Nov 17, 2008

On Innocence and Obscenity
"When does a piece of literature become obscene? That question – and the related question of book banning – suddenly seems to be back in the news, along with lipstick and pigs and the recipe for mooseburgers. But here's a different question: when does a piece of literature need to be obscene? When does the obscenity that surrounds us – lipstick on pigs, for example, as wars grind on and the world’s economy collapses – demand that the writer hold, as it were, a mirror up to nature, even in all its vileness?

I ask because it’s a question an editor has to wrestle with when s/he gets a story like Thomas Glave’s "The Torturer’s Wife," which appears in the fall issue of KR."
-Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky, Kenyon Review Sep 18, 2008

Review of Our Caribbean on Asia & Pacific Writers Network
"If only I'd had Thomas Glave’s ground-breaking collection, Our Carribean: A Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writing from the Antilles to teach alongside Zami then. But thank Pele we had Zami and now have Glave's collection. Glave took on this massive task precisely because he lamented the lack of recognisable voices from his own survival as a Jamaican immigrant to the Bronx, USA. As he states 'this gathering - as it is titled, which makes its own contribution to an ever increasing conversation – is a book that I and others have been waiting for and have wanted all of our lives.' [Introduction].

I can state with conviction that Audre Lorde would certainly be proud of Glave’s collection."
-Dr. Cathie Koa Dunsfold, Asia and Pacific Writers Network Jul 22, 2008

Anthology Focuses on Gay Caribbean Life
" A new anthology gives voice to a part of the gay community that is sometimes seldom heard. Thomas Glave takes listeners through his unique collection material, featured in 'Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writing from the Antilles.'"
-NPR Jun 26, 2008

James Baldwin
"Baldwin wrote his six novels, three plays and numerous essays directly out of his personal experience as a black, gay man in America. His fiery essays are masterpieces in the black protest tradition. In the figures of Rufus Scott (Another Country) and Leo Proudhammer (Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone) Baldwin created fragile characters shouldering the weight of what he saw as a cruel and oppressive world. Although hailed as a black protest writer, he defied expectation when he wrote Giovanni's Room, a brutally honest tale of homosexuality and self-loathing. It was rejected by his American publisher and only appeared when English publisher Michael Joseph agreed to issue it.

Now read on:
Toni Morrison's Sula and The Bluest Eye; Thomas Glave's Whose Song?"
-Guardian UK Jun 10, 2008

Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago: Calabash Podcast
"Caribbean Free Radio produces a podcast from Jamaica's Calabash International Literary Festival which includes...an interview with Jamaican writer Thomas Glave, who was quite vocal about the Prime Minister's  recent comments about there being no place for homosexuals in his Cabinet."
-Janine Mendes-Franco, Global Voices Online May 28, 2008

Glave Criticizes Jamaican Prime Minister at Calabash Festival
"Thomas Glave was the first reader at Jamaica's Calabash literary festival last Friday.  Before reading from his new book Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writing from the Antilles, Glave bravely spoke out about recent anti-gay remarks made by Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding."
-Duke University Press Blog May 27, 2008

Highlight from Calabash: Thomas Glave on Bruce Golding
"In response to the latest episode of a Jamaican...embarassing himself and the rest of us by confusing nationalist sentiment with informed political discourse, Thomas Glave posted his statement at Calabash on the queer Caribbean listserv."
-Thomas Glave, Long Bench May 27, 2008

MIT names Glave visiting professor
"Award-winning author Thomas Glave, an associate professor of English at Binghamton, has been named a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Professor for 2008-09 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Glave received word of the appointment last month on the 40th anniversary of King's assassination. 'It feels extraordinarily profound—the prospect of teaching in a professorship named for Dr. King,' Glave said. 'I'm thinking a lot right now about history and my own connections to Dr. King's legacy. He really made it possible for us—meaning black people—to teach at these places. There was a time when it wouldn't have been possible. Many institutions, of course, still don't treat black professors as true professionals. In light of that fact, this professorship means even more to me both personally and professionally.'"
-Inside BU May 1, 2008