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Kaya is excited to congratulate Nicholas Wong! Crevasse is a finalist for the 28th Annual Lambda Literary Award in Gay Poetry. Finalists were chosen from a record 933 submissions (up from 818 last year) from 321 publishers. The winners will be announced at a gala ceremony on Monday evening, June 6, 2016 in New York City.

The Lambda Literary Awards were founded in 1989 to elevate the profile of LGBT literature. Now in their twenty-eighth year, the Lambda Literary Awards celebrate achievement in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) writing for books published in 2015. The awards ceremony on June 6, 2016, will be held at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Pl, New York, NY 10012).

Nearly 100 literary professionals, including booksellers, book reviewers, librarians, authors, academics and previous Lammy winners and finalists volunteered countless hours of reading, critical thinking, and invigorating discussion to select the finalists in 25 categories, including the inaugural year for Transgender Poetry.

Born and educated in Hong Kong, Nicholas Wong received his MFA from City University of Hong Kong and has been a finalist for the New Letters Poetry Award and the Wabash Prize for Poetry. Described as a “firestarter” by Time Out: Hong Kong, he is on the teaching faculty of the Hong Kong Institute of Education.

“Nicholas Wong’s Crevasse inhabits the fiery crossroads that connect sexuality, masculinity, language, and race—a radical space that challenges the stubbornly trite assumptions about queer and Asian identities. His poems shape a fierce voice—techno savvy and street smart, sophisticated and politically charged—which allows the reading journey to coast from witty to wise, frequently turning the corner into poignant and provocative. What an exhilarating book!”
––Rigoberto González, author of Unpeopled Eden

For more finalists, click here!

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