In addition to writing memoirs, erotica, literary fiction, and mysteries, Samuel Steward was at one time a university English professor and at another a tattoo artist. In Paris in the 1930s, he knew Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, Thomas Mann, André Gide, and Lord Alfred Douglas, and he was a lover of Thornton Wilder. In this interview with Owen Keehnen in 1993, shortly before he died, Steward discusses his varied careers and his famous friends and acquaintances, and he draws provocative distinctions between being gay in the 1930s and in the 1980s and 1990s.
Michael Craft is the author of two mystery series, one featuring gay newspaper publisher Mark Manning as the detective, the other with straight theater director Claire Gray as the sleuth. In this 2004 interview with Owen Keehnen, Craft discusses the Manning series, the art of mystery writing, keeping his series books fresh, and what lies ahead for him.
Woman-loving-women contributed significantly to English literature during the Restoration, the Eighteenth Century, and the Nineteenth Century. Some described Female Romantic Friendship while others celebrated explicitly lesbian love.
For nearly forty years, Tommy Tune has been one of the most celebrated dancers, choreographers, and directors on Broadway. In this 1997 interview with Owen Keehnen, Tune discusses his career on the stage and in motion pictures, an injury that interrupted his career, his memoir, and some of the consequences of being gay in the spotlight.
Known to most people as "The Second Darren Stephens" in the television situation comedy Bewitched, Dick Sargent was much more than a television and movie actor. He was an active supporter of the Special Olympics, and in the last years of his life, a gay activist. In this 1992 interview with Owen Keehnen, he talks about his outing by The Star, his public declaration of his homosexuality, the public and personal consequences of his coming out, and the nature of the Hollywood closet.
Gay novelist and short story writer Allan Gurganus is author of the best-selling The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, the prize-winning short story collection White People , and the AIDS novel Plays Well with Others. In this 1997 interview with Owen Keehnen, he discusses Plays Well with Others, the spiritual quality of care giving, his battle with Harpers magazine, fending off the affections of John Cheever, and more.
In addition to being a writer and a Southern expatriate with attitude, Dorothy Allison is a lifelong feminist activist and a lesbian radical. In this 1994 interview with Owen Keehnen, she discusses her collection of essays, Skin: Talking about Sex, Class, and Literature, and her novels Bastard out of Carolina and Cavedweller, as well as her experience as a finalist for the National Book Award.
Since Stonewall, Lesbian Artists in America working in a variety of media have become increasingly diverse and visible. The trend continues today despite a conservative backlash that began in the late 1990s.
An ongoing interest in butch-femme identities pervades the work of award-winning lesbian historian, writer, editor, and archivist Joan Nestle. With Deborah Edel, she co-founded the Lesbian Herstory Archives, a multi-format collection of material that has done much to chronicle and preserve lesbian lives. In this 1993 interview with Owen Keehnen, she discusses her own writing, her involvement in editing the stories of other lesbians and gay men, and her involvement with the Lesbian Herstory Archives.
Minnesota native Ellen Hart is the author of a lesbian mystery series featuring Minneapolis restaurateur Jane Lawless and her wisecracking theatrical pal Cordelia Thorn. Five of the twelve novels published so far in that series have won Lambda Literary Awards.