June is Pride Month, an annual celebration commemorating the 1969 Stonewall Riots, which took place in New York City and launched the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer rights movement in the United States. Pride Month is also a time to honor the many contributions of LGBTQ individuals. Explore the rich tradition of LGBTQ poets and poetry through a showcase of audio, video, poetry, and prose.

Poems of Queer Liberation


Featured Essays

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Allen Ginsberg

Repeating Allen

In this essay, Eileen Myles looks at the long lines, repetition, and context of Allen Ginsberg’s seminal work, “Howl.”
Carl Phillips, Photo Credit Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Another and Another Before That: Some Thoughts on Reading

In this essay, Carl Phillips discusses the private act of reading, how reading may inform aesthetics, and how a trip to a library affected his perspective on his own sexuality.
Marilyn Hacker, photo credit: Brian Palmer

Eros and the Lyric Imagination: Poems of Love

Marilyn Hacker discusses eros as the “fuel of the lyric imagination” and discusses a selection of lyric poems featuring and fueled by eros.
Reginald Shepherd

Notes Toward Beauty

Reginald Shepard writes, "Without a notion of beauty, an embodiment of the possible beyond the abjections of the mundane, I would not have become a poet," in this essay on beauty.

The Letter Q

The Letter Q (Scholastic, 2012) is a collection of letters written by queer writers to their youn

Robert Gluck

Long Note on New Narrative

To talk about the beginnings of New Narrative, I have to talk about my friendship with Bruce Boone.