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Black Gay Genius - now available!

New Anthology Commemorates the Legacy of Joseph Beam and the "Black Gay 80s" 

14 October 2014
 
NEW YORK, NY- Today we are pleased to announce the publication of the anthology Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam’s Call. The book features critical essays, poetry, personal narratives, interviews and other writings from diverse contributors calling forth the legacy of writer and activist Joseph Beam (December 30, 1954 – December 27, 1988) in addition to other leading figures of the 1980s Black gay arts movement.
 
The project was conceived by Charles Stephens and Steven G. Fullwood, after being inspired by a series of conversations over the past few years. Both felt that the voices and contributions of Black gay men from that generation had been marginalized. “We wanted to elevate the legacy of Joseph Beam, Marlon Riggs, Essex Hemphill and others to counter the myth that Black gay men's activism was a recent thing,” said Charles Stephens, co-editor.
 
Black Gay Genius looks back at the 1980s, but also looks forward, seeking to build upon the artistic and political legacy of black gay men’s art and activism from the 1980s. “This book is in many ways, a love letter to Joseph Beam and those amazing Black gay men and allies, many of whom are still writing and resisting today,” said Steven G. Fullwood, co-editor of Black Gay Genius and Publisher at VE Press.
 
There will be a launch event hosted at the Schomburg Center on November 3, 2014. Stay turned for more information. 


October 14, 2014

For Joe: Black Gay Genius

Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam’s Call was born out of a series of conversations, panel discussions, debates, and dinners with friends, colleagues and comrades over the years, assessing the impact and legacy of Joseph Beam and the writers of the In the Life generation. This anthology aims to bring that dazzling history of the black gay arts movement of the 1980s front and center to contemporary Black gay life. Black Gay Genius consists of writers, scholars, and activists responding to In the Life and the influence of Joseph Beam. This text celebrates with those that remember and know, and introduces to the ones that don’t, to this important, unstudied literary legacy. 

 

We, Charles and Steven, wanted to create a text to celebrate with those that remember and know, and introduce to the ones that don’t, this important literary legacy. This dialogue was an opportunity for us, the editors of the anthology Black Gay Genius, to describe the process and development of Black Gay Genius. Below is an excerpt from a conversation we published at Lambda Literary


December 30, 2013

VEP at 5th Annual Rainbow Book Fair!

 

Vintage Entity Press will be one of many publishers in attendance at the 5th Annual Rainbow Book Fair (RBF), Saturday April 13, 2013, Noon-6pm at Holiday Inn Midtown, 440 W. 57th Street, NYC 10019  (between 9th and 10th Avenues) Come check us out!

The organizers, Perry Brass, Sarah Chinn and Daniel Kitchen called it the “largest LGBT book event in America.” Packed with large, medium, independent presses and self-published primarily from New York, the RBF drew a significant crowd of readers throughout the day. In addition many presses made the trip to the Big Apple to hawk their wares, such as Aunt Lute, A Multicultural Women’s Press from San Francisco, publishing works since in 1982, and the University of Wisconsin Press known for its queer literary and academic titles.   

Exhibitors all day
Panels on Writing and Publishing
Celebrity Appearances
Readings continuous fiction and nonfiction authors
Poetry Salon non-stop 

$3 Admission suggested donation

Be a part of the most exciting LGBT book event in the U.S. The 5th Annual New York Rainbow Book Fair will feature more than 1OO publishers, writers, poets, editors, booksellers, and the 15OO+ readers who love and buy their books—from the serious to the wild, from the zany to the super hot. Rainbow Book Fair is open to the public with book discounts and giveaways. (Some events will have ASL interpreters.)

- Steven G. Fullwood, Editor-in-Chief

 


April 10, 2013

Pamela Sneed at Strange Loop in January!

 

The beautiful Pamela Sneed (along poet Laurie Weeks) will be reading Friday January 11, 2013 @ 7pm at Strange Loop Gallery at 27 Orchard Street, New York, New York 10002. Pamela will read from an unpublished collection of poems called Last Line First, some of which are based on her travels in South Africa.

Her most recent book, KONG And Other Works, will be available for purchase at the reading. Or get it in advance here!

Check back with us often to find out more information about upcoming works and readings with VEP authors! 

Warmly, 
David Eric Foaney
Associate Editor
Web Site Manager

 


January 04, 2013

BLACK GAY GENIUS at LAMBDA LITERARY

Joe

Joseph Beam. Photo by Bonnie Shuman. 

 

So. VE is gearing up for a very busy 2013!

To whet your appetite about our upcoming anthology, BLACK GAY GENIUS: Answering Joseph Beam's Call (Spring 2013), check out Lambda Literary's site for a conversation about the project with its two editors, Steven G. Fullwood & Charles Stephens!

If you are on Facebook, be sure to add Vintage Entity Press, Black Funk, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, G. Winston James, and Steven G. Fullwood as friends! 

 


December 30, 2012

CFP - Black Sexualities Studies Reader

Black Sexualities Studies Reader (Antiquity to 2013)

Editors: Drs. L. H. Stallings and H. Sharif Williams

Publisher: Vintage Entity Press

Anticipated Date of Publication: August 2015

 

Proposal Submissions Deadline: August 1, 2012

 

Black Sexualities Studies is an emergent field but one that has faced tremendous obstacles to its advancement. Within Black/Africana Studies, the politics of respectability has discouraged many scholars from engaging black sexuality critically and seriously—relying on narrow definitions of blackness and authenticity and limiting formations of nationalism and essentialism. Outside of Black/Africana Studies, researchers who have studied black sexualities have tended to study them within the context of pathology (e.g., teen pregnancy) and disease (e.g., HIV/AIDS). The field has also suffered from an overreliance on psychology and quantitative sociology. While these challenges have stilted certain discourses in Black Sexualities Studies, other factors, such as the development of Black Feminist Thought and Black Queer Theory, have encouraged and advanced its development.

 

Anthologies and compilations have traditionally had significant effects on the development of fields of study. They have helped to organize and orient thought in a particular field. They suggest borders and boundaries. The Black Sexualities Studies Reader will be a groundbreaking teaching text and web-based resource, providing specialized knowledge and innovative pedagogical tools while performing a work to solidify the rich legacies of black history and culture. Our project seeks an interdisciplinary approach to Black Sexualities Studies—including work by various sources of black sexualities discourse. We will draw from the humanities, cultural studies, and social sciences. Our editorial decisions will be informed by the various discourses and tensions that have contributed to the field.

 

We seek text-based, visual, and audio submissions that were previously published or unpublished in any discipline from anywhere in the world by people of African descent. While the project will be mainly in English, we welcome previously published work in languages other than English. We seek work in all genres and forms including: critical and scholarly essays, creative writing, artistic work, experimental forms, interviews, etc. The Black Sexualities Studies Reader will be produced in two forms: a book and digital archive. Both forms will include historical and archival material in addition to submitted work selected by the editors in conversation with an international advisory board. 

 

Send proposal submissions/queries to: blacksexualitiesstudiesreader@gmail.com

 

Editors 

 

L. H. Stallings, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Gender Studies at Indiana University — Bloomington

 

H. Sharif Williams, Ph.D., M.Ed.

Executive Director of The Center for Culture, Sexuality, and Spirituality (blackfunk.org) 

 


August 21, 2011

VEP at Rainbow Book Fair!

 

Vintage Entity Press will be one of many publishers in attendance at the 5th Annual Rainbow Book Fair (RBF), Saturday April 13, 2013, Noon-6pm at Holiday Inn Midtown, 440 W. 57th Street, NYC 10019  (between 9th and 10th Avenues) Come check us out!

The organizers, Perry Brass, Sarah Chinn and Daniel Kitchen called it the “largest LGBT book event in America.” Packed with large, medium, independent presses and self-published primarily from New York, the RBF drew a significant crowd of readers throughout the day. In addition many presses made the trip to the Big Apple to hawk their wares, such as Aunt Lute, A Multicultural Women’s Press from San Francisco, publishing works since in 1982, and the University of Wisconsin Press known for its queer literary and academic titles.   

Exhibitors all day
Panels on Writing and Publishing
Celebrity Appearances

Readings continuous fiction and nonfiction authors
Poetry Salon non-stop 

$3 Admission suggested donation

Be a part of the most exciting LGBT book event in the U.S. The 5th Annual New York Rainbow Book Fair will feature more than 1OO publishers, writers, poets, editors, booksellers, and the 15OO+ readers who love and buy their books—from the serious to the wild, from the zany to the super hot. Rainbow Book Fair is open to the public with book discounts and giveaways. (Some events will have ASL interpreters.)

- Steven G. Fullwood, Editor-in-Chief

 


April 18, 2011

VEP Springs forward!

The first quarter of this year has been immensely busy but equally as fruitful.  Our Editor-in-Chief, Steven G. Fullwood, recently participated as a moderator at the James Baldwin Global Imagination conference moderating a panel titled, “James Baldwin in Queer Times” For information about the event, click here.

He also jointly led a workshop with archivist Jillian Cuellar at New York University’s Tamiment Library and Wagner Labor Archives called “The Radical Politics of Hidden Archives”.  This workshop was the inaugural program in a series called “From Process to Product: Working the Archive.” More information about upcoming events is available here.

Mary Literary Magazine’s forthcoming fourth issue will feature a poem by Steven titled “conditions under which i might be loved.”

Here are some events and opportunities past, present and future worth noting.

 

On October 10, 2010 VEP author and founder of Black Funk, Dr. Herukhuti was featured on blog talk radio. Click here to listen to the show.

 

VEP author and founder of Top Pen Press, G. Winston James, published his work, “Saint/Sinner” in Mary Literary Magazine.

 

On Saturday March 26 from 11 am to 5 pm is the 3rd annual Rainbow Book Fair held in Greenwich Village. This event will be held at the LBGTQ Community Center located at 208 W. 13th Street Avenues. In addition to exhibitors, of which VEP is one, there will be panel discussions through out the day. Come out and show your support!

 

The Lambda Literary Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2011 Writers’ Retreat for Emerging LGBT voices.  This retreat will be held from August 6-13 on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles. Applications are due May 1 and for more information please see the Foundation's website.

 

The New York Public Library is pleased to announce the availability of 20 fellowships to support visiting scholars conducting studies in the Library’s unique research and special collections between June 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012. The Fellowship stipend is $2,500. Scholars from outside the New York metropolitan area engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, or independent research are invited to apply. Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents with the legal right to work in the U.S. Applications must be received by April 1, 2011, in order to be considered. Please visit: www.nypl.org/collections/nypl-collections for detailed information about the research resources of The New York Public Library.

 

As always thank you for your support. Keep reading and spreading the word!

Negarra Akili Kudumu

Associate Editor

 

 


March 17, 2011

Welcome to a new year with VEP!

While January will soon be over it is not yet too late to wish our readers and followers a happy new year! 

VEP is looking forward to another year of writing and publishing the diverse array of high quality books you have come to expect.  In 2011 our aim is to keep the conversations that our authors tackle in their work moving beyond the writing and publishing process. In that vein, we will take advantage of the predominant social media outlets to increase our visibility and provide our authors with the broadest audience possible.  The web site is the focal point of our social networking efforts and in the coming months you will find author interviews, regularly updated event information, information on our community outreach activities as well as the VEP take on writing and the literary industry. By the spring we will have active Twitter and Facebook accounts where you can engage with our writers and members of the VEP community.

To our new readers and followers, welcome! To the dedicated members of VEP's literary family, keep reading and spreading the word!

 

Negarra Akili Kudumu

Associate Editor


January 23, 2011

Conjuring Black Funk by Herukhuti

Conjuring Black Funk: Notes on Culture, Sexuality and Spirituality, Vol. 1 is a fiery collection of essays, poetry, creative non-fiction, and experimental writing that challenges conventional thought, offers alternative perspectives, and suggests ways of practicing Afrocentric, queer liberation/transgression. This book is an important contribution to Black Queer Theory, Black Feminist Thought, and Afrocentric Thought.

What a book! Hugely informative, often surprising, consistently thought-provoking and completely lacking in shame or pretense, it’s the kind of book you wish you’d written yourself but are very, very happy to have read.” - Robert Fullilove, EdD, Professor and Associate Dean, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

I am engaged by the compelling insights of this feminist/womanist pomo afro homo on the intentional practice of sex, culture, and spirit. Whether you be bisexual, versatile, gay, top, trans, man, woman, str8, bottom, on the DL, or an old black dyke like me, you will want to get into Conjuring Black Funk.” - Cheryl Clarke, PhD, The Days of Good Looks: Prose and Poetry, 1980-2005

Dr. Herukhuti uses ingredients to prepare a new recipe for the 21st century diet. If they hunger for something more than the typical fast food served as Black thought, it is a meal that Afrocentric beings will find very nurturing. His advocacy for the complete and total sexual freedom of consenting human beings has the taste of a new epistemology. He is a “gate-keeper” to a sacred banquet of sex, sin and Spirit that few are ready to acknowledge; let alone eat.”- Ron Simmons, PhD, President/CEO, Us Helping Us, Washington DC

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Conjuring Black Funk is available in two covers, Trans and Female.


July 31, 2010

VEP @ The Harlem Book Fair 2010!

The Vision of the Harlem Book Fair is to partner with local and national leadership organizations under the banner of literacy awareness, affirming HBF as the nation’s largest African American literary event celebrating family literacy, community empowerment, and community cooperation.

Join Vintage Entity Press and Herukhuti, Pamela Sneed, G. Winston James, and Steven G Fullwood for a day of sun and fun, and books, books, BOOKS!

Also, look for authors Pamela Sneed, Randall Horton, Zelda Lockhart and Steven G Fullwood @

"Bringing Our Sons and Their Memories Home: A discussion with contemporary writers on AIDS and the eradication of shame and silence through the love of witnessing."
 
Surrounding the loss of an undocumented number of African American men to the AIDS virus there is a pervasive silence that looms. Though some may believe this silence is to protect the African American identity, others believe this silence keeps African Americans in a sort of perpetual spiritual mourning, and at a perpetual disadvantage for healing from and defeating the disease.

The panel of writers will explore the following question and more: What are the trepidations for African Americans in giving voice to AIDS as a disease that affects their loved ones? In what ways has writing acted as a tool of exposure or a tool of cover-up around the AIDS virus in the African American population? What potentially exists beyond the moments of writing openly about the effects of AIDS on black people? Embolden by Reverend Samuel “Billy” Kyles’ quote, “A witness who will not tell the truth is of no consequence,” this conversation will seek to offer a platform for exploring AIDS, Healing, Homecomings and Closure for African Americans.
 
Sponsored by LaVenson Press.


July 16, 2010

VEP Authors Appearances in June!

Steven G Fullwood will moderate "Keep It in the Closet: The Historic Speculation Around MJ’s Gender Bending Persona," a panel at After the Dance: Conversations on Michael Jackson's Black America. The panel features Mark Anthony Neale, dj selly, Asadullah Muhammad, and Dj Reborn. The two-day conference starts Friday June 4th and Saturday June 5th, 2010 at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd, NY, NY. More information coming very soon!


May 24, 2010

VEP Writers Retreat Information!

WORDS TO LIVE BY: 2010 and BEYOND
Writers Retreat
May 21-23, 2010 @
The Oaks/New Dawn Foundation
New Rochelle, New York

Workshops, Networking, Open Mic, Readings, Book Selling, and Community

Words to Live By is an inclusive writers’ retreat, open to writers of all ethnicities, sexualities, and gender expressions. Our retreat and workshop culture will be guided by a commitment to social justice and ecological wellbeing. Any writer who can share in that commitment with us will be welcomed to register. Please... spread the word about the writers retreat throughout your networks with that in mind.

Invited Presenters:
G. Winston James
Cheryl Boyce-Taylor
Pamela Sneed
Curu Necos-Bloice
Herukhuti (Editing and Revising)
Steven G Fullwood (Creating a Manuscript Proposal)
April Silver (PR and Marketing)
Terence Taylor (Writing Workshop Workout)
Lenelle Moïse (Reading and Performing)
Anton Nimblett (Fiction)
Ellery Washington (Creative Non-Fiction)

REGISTRATION FEES*

$375 (Until 5/7/10)**

$231 (Until 5/7/10)**

**These are links to Paypal.  PayPal's processing fee is $14.65

*These fees cover your cost of attendance at all events, retreat center accommodations, and meals. Travel not included.

There is no onsite registration.

Click here for the Registration Form.

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Below is a sneak peek at our workshop schedule!

Writing Fiction with the Power of the Senses with Anton Nimblett

One of the biggest compliments a writer can receive is a reader saying that he or she felt as though she/he was a part of the story.  Readers want to come away from a story with an experience.  Moving past character and plot, this workshop will delve into the sensory world: using five senses as effectively as a painter's controlled brush strokes, a cinematographer's high-tech FX, a chef's blod spices, a musician's captivating melody, or even a boxer's 1-2 punch.  Workshop facilitator Anton Nimblett will lead participants through interactive exercises to explore the sense-experience connection and writing exercises to create new work and enhance work in development.

Presenter Bio: Anton Nimblett is a writer who has contributed to Calabash, African Voices, and the anthology Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writing From the Antilles. He is the author of the book of short stories Sections of an Orange (Peepal Tree Press).

Writing the Bones': The Art of Narrative Nonfiction with Ellery Washington 

In this workshop we'll analyze work related to the memoir, the personal essay and other forms of creative nonfiction. What makes a personal experience or any other real-life situation worth writing about? How do personal and narrative essays differ from memoirs or even blogs? What elements of craft elevate these forms to the level of literary art? These are a few of the questions the workshop will address. 
 

Presenter Bio: Ellery Washington is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Pratt University, New York, NY. He has a graduate degree in Contemporary French literature from the Sorbonne University, Paris, France, where was a lecturer in the graduate comparative literature department and a contributing editor to Nouvelle Frontiere literary journal. He is recipient of the PEN Center West – Rosenthal Emerging Voices Award and the IBWA prize for short fiction. His stories and creative nonfiction have appeared in numerous journals and literary publications, including The New York Times, Ploughshares, The Berkeley Fiction Review, The International Review, Nouvelle Frontieres, Out Magazine, and the Harper Collins/Echo Press National Bestseller State by State, ‘A Panoramic Portrait of America’.

Writing Workshop Workout with Terence Taylor  
 

You've honed your writing skills, mastered discipline, and you're writing regularly.  Now that you've gotten your past pressure to perform and are finishing work, how do you improve your writing, make sure that you're communicating your ideas clearly?  For many, it means finding other writers to share your work with, mirrors to let you see your work more clearly and objectively.  How do you fit into an existing writing workshop, or form a group of your own with other writers to evaluate each other's work? 
 
This three-hour workshop will be drawn from Terence Taylor's experiences with the writing workshop process, ending in a practical demonstration that critiques writing work submitted by workshop participants. He will present an overview of his own experiences with two styles of writing workshops, covering the advantages of workshops in improving one's work, their best use, the importance of strict guidelines, and their inherent dangers. The remaining time will be spent workshopping pre-submitted work. Participants will be required to send in writing they want to have evaluated in the workshop, to read all other submissions, and come in prepared to give constructive comment, with written notes to leave behind for each submitting member. Work can be in any area of discipline -- fiction, poetry, non-fiction -- but all pieces must be complete, no matter how rough, to allow a full critique of a finished work. It's especially important that all registrants take this portion of the workshop to heart, and come in with their homework done.  Rule one in any writing workshop is that you can only get out of it what you put in.  Exactly how notes will be presented and addressed will be explained in the first part of the workshop.

Presenter Bio: Terence Taylor is a former television writer turned novelist, and one of a handful of writers to be invited back for all three of the groundbreaking Dark Dreams short story anthologies of horror and suspense written exclusively by black writers. His first novel, BITE MARKS: A Vampire Testament (St, Martin's Griffin) came out in September 2009 and the second in the opening trilogy, BLOOD PRESSURE: A Vampire Testament (St, Martin's Griffin) just came out March 2010. He is a long time member of the recently revived bi-weekly Other Countries Writing Workshop, as well as a former board member, and a new member of the Tabular Rasa science fiction and fantasy writing workshop which works on the Clarion workshop model.

Essential Communications and Marketing with April Silver

The workshop includes a discussion of best practices for communicating to urban, progressive, multi-racial, culturally literate, and/or hip hop-oriented communities. They include industry findings, case studies, real life success stories, and how-to guides. They are rich with tips and tricks for how to augment your communications efforts via email marketing and social media networks. There is also an overview of the federal law that governs email marketing. These presentations examine the essence of traditional media, new media, as well as the tools one needs to succeed in communicating one’s message to the world regardless of trends.

Presenter Bio: April R. Silver is a social entrepreneur, activist, and writer/editor. In 1993, she founded and still heads AKILA WORKSONGS, Inc. (AW), a communications agency. Silver is also a former TV talk show host (BETJ’s My Two Cents) and a published author of the anthology Be A Father to Your Child: Real Talk from Black Men on Family, Love, and Fatherhood (Soft Skull, 2008). In business, Silver communicates effectively in a variety of environments. AW’s client history reflects a diverse network ranging from hip hop artist/actor Mos Def to the second largest philanthropic organization in the country, The Ford Foundation. In 1997, she founded Put On BLAST! ™, an email marketing service that creates and manages online public awareness campaigns. Its popularity has helped Silver become a trusted voice on the topic of new media approaches for 21st century communication. In 2009, she was the keynote speaker for the Cool Twitter Conference in New York. Ms. Silver has also been featured, profiled, or quoted in Time, Newsweek, The Washington Post, Ebony, Jet, ESSENCE, Ms., NY1 News, CNN, and many other local, national, and international outlets. She is also a regular commentator on WBAI Radio’s weekly media roundtable on Wake Up Call. Once a month, she also hosts “Arts and Activism on the Air” on BlogTalkRadio.com. She is currently writing her second book about the art of communication.

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FYI, sleeping space is limited at the retreat center. First registered first reserved policy is in operation on the rooms at the retreat center. There are overflow rooms available at a nearby hotel. Register soon to get a room on site.


March 19, 2010

VEP Writers Retreat: SAVE THE DATE!

SAVE THE DATE!

WORDS TO LIVE BY: 2010 and BEYOND

Vintage Entity Press Writers Retreat

May 21-23, 2010
@
The Oaks/New Dawn Foundation
New Rochelle, New York
http://www.theoaksndf.org/


Join us for
 Workshops, Networking, Open Mic, Readings, Book Selling, and Community


Invited Presenters:
G. Winston James
Cheryl Boyce-Taylor
Pamela Sneed
Curu Necos-Bloice
Herukhuti (Editing and Revising)
Steven G. Fullwood (Creating a Manuscript Proposal)
April Silver (PR and Marketing)
Lamar Ariel (Self-Publishing)
Lenelle Moïse (Reading and Performing)
Anton Nimblett (Fiction)
Ellery Washington (Creative Non-Fiction)
And More!

Check back for more information about the retreat this week!


Contact Herukhuti, Associate Editor-at-Large, at heru@vepress.com or 917.403-0536.


March 15, 2010

VEP Authors Readings and Events in March

Dr. Herukhuti will be the MC for A Night of Soul featuring Nu Soul recording artist Donnie C and R&B recording artist Pharon on Friday March 19th, 8pm at Amarchi Lounge, 325 Franklin Avenue in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn NY.

Cheryl Boyce-Taylor will be reading from her new manuscript, Wild Sorrel on Friday March 5th at 6:30pm at the BENEFIT FOR HAITI for International Women's Day at the United Nations 42nd Street & 1st Avenue, in New York City. Cheryl will also be reading Friday, April 16th at 7pm at Caribbean Writers Speak! at Urban Word NYC, 27th Street and 8th Avenue, New York City. For more information email Cheryl at: moongirl650@aol.com

On Thursday March 11, 5:30pm, Steven G Fullwood will be participating in the “Collecting and Collectivities” panel at New York University, 20 Cooper Union Square, 4th Floor. Joining him will be Jacqueline Goldsby, Nikhil Pal Singh, Brent Hayes Edwards, and moderating the panel will be Elizabeth McHenry. Collecting and Collectivities is a part of a larger series, Discussing the Archive: Ideas, Practices, Institutions, a series of panels rethinking how archives are seen, utilized and created by archivists, and the academics and users that research them. All events are free and open to the public; ID required for entry into campus buildings. For more information about other panels in the series, here is a link to the site.

Steven will also participate on the “The Impact of Hip Hop and Popular Culture in the Literature of Black Writers,” joining writers Yvonne Bynoe, Felicia Pride and Toure, Saturday March 27th, 10-11:30am at the National Black Writers Conference (NBWC) at Medgar Evers College.  Click here for more information about the NBWC.


February 24, 2010

2009 Was a Good Year

On behalf of the entire staff of Vintage Entity Press and its authors Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, Steven G. Fullwood, Dr. Herukhuti, G. Winston James, Curu Necos-Bloice, and Pamela Sneed, and associate editors, we sincerely want to thank you for your support.

The press has seen a great deal of changes last year. We have a new website. We published Pamela Sneed’s latest work, KONG And Other Works, to critical acclaim. A new limited edition of Steven G Fullwood's first book, Funny, was released and interestingly enough, taught in a college course. VEP’s authors were busily reading and sharing their works across the United States as well as in other parts of the world, including Havana, Austria, and Berlin.            

And there are personal triumphs to report as well.

 

 


February 17, 2010

For Your FUNNY Bone!

 

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FUNNY Limited Edition Now Available - Hurry While Supplies Last!

Steven G. Fullwood isn’t afraid to let it all hang out - literally. Loosely described as ‘part memoir, part satire, & completely self-revelatory,’ FUNNY makes its mark in poignant, twisted ways. Fullwood is your best friend and guru, and that crazy guy who lives down the street, his pants around his ankles. Here is a writer who calls a dick a dick, and has no problem with holding a conversation with his own appendage. In 31 essays he parcels out the playful, perceptive persona he’s pimped for the last few years, most recently at his now defunct website, stevengfullwood.org. In the end, Fullwood wants you to laugh at yourself. Homos, heteros, and God (with whom he chats over lunch) - nothing escapes his wicked eye. But have no fear; this is a rant infused with love. This collection of essays reveals his obsessions: sex, religion, getting older, dating and homophobia. Neatly divided into three parts: ‘Us,’ ‘Them,’ and ‘Me,’ Fullwood demonstrates mastery for understatement about homo life, remarking that it has all the wonder of a doorknob.

Praise for FUNNY:

“[FUNNY] offers a much-needed voice...” Kheven LaGrone, Washington Blade

“The words trip off the page, delivered with a tongue-in-check and very critical wit.” Christopher James, Chroma Journal

“FUNNY is just that, funny as hell. It’s guaranteed to keep you entertained from beginning to end.” Damon Percy, Sapience Journal

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September 13, 2009

Upcoming events for VE Press!

glen, pamela and heru

G. Winston James, Pamela Sneed and Herukhuti at Rainbow Book Fair. Photo by Troy Smith. 

 

Saturday June 20, 10-11:30pm

Herukhuti @ 3rd Annual UrbanErotika Same Sex Love Fest

Bowery Poetry Cafe, 308 Bowery (between Bleecker and Houston)

Books will be available for purchase

Also: check out Heru's Black Funk!

 

Saturday July 18, 11-6pm.

VEP at The Harlem Book fair

135th Street between 5th and 7th Avenues

Join VE Press at the historic Harlem Book Fair. This year’s theme is “Reinventing 21st Century Culture.” QBR produces the Harlem Book Fair, the largest African American book Fair nationally, held annually in New York City. The Harlem Book Fair, which free to the public, features over 250 exhibit booths, four stages, celebrity authors, book selling, storytelling and a variety of musical entertainment. The program of activities includes an opportunity for attendees to be a part of the studio audience for the author panel discussions that take place at the Schomburg Center for Research and air live on C-Span’s Book TV. Join publisher Steven G. Fullwood and authors Herukhuti and G. Winston James for a day of specials and prizes throughout the sunny, literature-filled day! Make sure you come see us. We’d love to see you!

 

Wednesday, July 15 from 8-10p.m.

G. Winston James will be talking about his new book “Shaming the Devil” on the popular blog radio show
Sippin On Ink…The Colored Chronicles Radio Show
Dial in and talk to the author on air!
(646) 378-0402

Also remember to explore the archives with provocative SOI interviews with other VEP authors Pamela Sneed, Herukhuti and Steven G. Fullwood. Follow this link to those interviews!

If you are on Facebook, be sure to add Vintage Entity Press, Black Funk, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, G. Winston James, Curu Necos-Bloice, and Steven G. Fullwood as friends!


June 16, 2009

Rinaldo Walcott on Conjuring Black Funk

Conjuring Black Funk, a Review by Rinaldo Walcott

I came to this book with resistance, pleasure and suspicion. Each of those emotions and their accompanying politics informed how I experienced the book and the arguments made within it. I felt resistance, because I am almost avowedly reluctant to take much of what passes for spirituality in our time seriously as offering any real intellectual insight. I felt pleasure, because Samuel Delany both endorsed and wrote the Foreword to the book and for me Delany is an intellectual/artist beyond compare. His endorsement signaled that there would be much in the book worth grappling with. I felt suspicion, because I am hardwired to be suspicious of Afrocentric claims, especially those that come out of the USA which claim to speak to global forms of blackness but inevitably ground all their examples and the potential to solve black global oppression in US style political debates and solutions. I can say that Herukhuti assuaged most of my cautiousness with his work. Conjuring Black Funk is a work of intellectual bravery and a political call to arms.

 


May 09, 2009

Rainbow Book Fair and G. Winston James!

Vintage Entity Press will be at the Rainbow Book Fair hosted by The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center  on Saturday, March 28 2009, 11am – 6pm, 208 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011, between 7th and 8th Aves. VEP authors will be in attendance including Pamela Sneed (KONG and Other Works), Herukhuti (Conjuring Black Funk) and G. Winston James  (The Damaged Good). All of VEP titles will be available for purchase, including Convincing the Body, by Cheryl Boyce-Taylor and Carry the Word edited by Lisa C. Moore and Steven G. Fullwood. So come check us out! 


 Speaking of G. Winston James, this man just founded Top Pen Press! His inaugural  title, Shaming the Devil, is one of the best short story collections I have ever read.  Absorbing, fascinating, written with piercing eye and unerring ear, Shaming the Devil delves mightily into the complexities of love, life and sex. You must buy one!

Check out Mr. James's  company’s website where you can learn more about Shaming the Devil and his new publishing  company.

                                    Congratulations, G!

 


March 16, 2009

Cheryl on Writing Convincing the Body!

I cannot believe that it is almost four years since I wrote Convincing the Body.

Generally I write to document history, and to raise questions in the world, but mostly I write to make sense of my life and the world around me. Convincing the Body was no exception. When I wrote it, we were experiencing a severe bout of global warming. There was 911, then the terrible Tsunami that took so many lives, there was the war in Iraq, the bombing in Fallujah, that killed and maimed innocent children, and the Israeli conflict to name a few things. On the home front, I was breaking up with my partner of nine years, my son was facing a kidney transplant, my mother was entering her years of senility… Only writing could save me.

I had to convince my body that my life was amazing and beautiful, that good was everywhere. If only we could take the time to dig deep inside, we could find the magic we once had, and surely this would see us through.

On the cover of the book is a Slippery Elm Tree. The photograph was taken in Tobago at the ocean. The tree is fully alive, but because of the saltwater breezes it has lost its leaves. This reminded me of the human spirit, sometimes we lose our leaves, but we must never allow that to keep us off our intended path for too long. Cry, mourn, reflect, and get back on the road.


 


March 11, 2009

Welcome to VEP's smashing new website!

news2Welcome to the newly improved Vintage Entity Press website! As you can see we have changed our look—thanks to web designers Dariusz and Kamil—and have included sections with up-to-date information about our authors, books, a newsletter, consultations and a resource page. Additionally, VEP will offer specials on our products, which is a great opportunity to stock up on your VEP titles!

I also want to take this opportunity to welcome three new extraordinary authors to the press, Pamela Sneed, Raymond Berry, and Curu Necos-Bloice.

Pamela is a poet, performer, writer and actress based in New York City. She is the author of Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom Than Slavery, published by Henry Holt (1998.) Sneed has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Source, Time Out, VIBE, Karl Lagerfeld's "Off The Record," and on the cover of New York Magazine. You can purchase a limited edition of her new book KONG & Other Works for $21.99 (includes postage and handling.) The official version will be available mid-March.

Raymond is a native Chicagoan and received an MFA in creative writing from Chicago State University. His publication credits include the anthology To Be Left with the Body by AIDS Project Los Angeles (2008) and the literary journal Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas. He currently lectures at the City Colleges of Chicago. His first book of poems, Diagnosis, examines the individual and collective silence that is critical in HIV/AIDS infection among gay men of African ancestry. Diagnosis continues a tradition of resistance, transformation, and transcendence. Diagnosis will be published June 2009.


January 18, 2009