Contemporary Gay American Poets and Playwrights: An A-to-Z Guide

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D.A. POWELL (1963–)

Reginald Shepherd


BIOGRAPHY

Douglas Alain Powell was born in Albany, Georgia, on May 16, 1963. He grew up in Georgia and Tennessee, except for a short stint in Okinawa while his father was employed there. When his parents, who had met on a blind date and married shortly thereafter, divorced, Powell and his brother went to live with their grandmother in Key Biscayne. Powell’s father disappeared; he resurfaced years later in Texas. Meanwhile, Powell’s mother took off with a married man; they set up housekeeping in California. After the man eventually divorced his wife to marry Powell’s mother, Powell and his brother went to California to live with their mother and new stepfather.

Powell ran away from home repeatedly and began what he describes as a rather torrid and shiftless life. He lived on and off the streets, making his living in what he calls some necessary but often extralegal ways. (Among the legal methods of supporting himself he has listed are engraver, theater usher, waiter, tortilla salesman, shoe salesman, tobacconist, telemarketer, caterer, receptionist, house painter, and landscaper. Some poems in Tea suggest other, less licit occupations.) After several attempts at college, including stints at San Jose State University, Yuba College, and Santa Rosa Junior College, he finally ended up at Sonoma State University at age twenty-two, where he began to write poetry under the instruction of David Bromige. During his years in Sonoma County, California, Powell organized local poetry readings and cofounded the journal Avec, which became a major journal of the post–Language Poetry avant-garde, publishing work by Lyn Hejinian, Aaron Shurin,* Peter Gizzi, and many others.

After receiving a B.A. in English in 1991 and an M.A. in English in 1993 from Sonoma State University, Powell received his M.F.A. in 1996 from the Iowa

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface xiii
  • Edward Albee (1928–) 1
  • Jeff Baron (1952–) 11
  • Jeffery Beam (1953–) 19
  • David Bergman (1950–) 25
  • Alan Bowne (1945–1989) 29
  • Donald Britton (1951–1994) 38
  • James Broughton (1913–1999) 43
  • Bibliography 50
  • Victor Bumbalo (1946–) 54
  • Charles Busch (1954–) 61
  • Leo F. Cabranes-Grant (1960–) 69
  • Robert Chesley (1943–1990) 74
  • Justin Chin (1969–) 82
  • Alfred Corn (1943–) 87
  • Mart Crowley (1935–) 93
  • Melvin Dixon (1950–1992) 101
  • Bibliography 106
  • Tim Dlugos (1950–1990) 108
  • Bibliography 116
  • Mark Doty (1953–) 117
  • Bibliography 123
  • David Drake (1963–) 125
  • Robert Duncan (1919–1988) 130
  • Christopher Durang (1949–) 141
  • Edward Field (1924–) 147
  • Harvey Fierstein (1954–) 153
  • William Finn (1952–) 162
  • Kenny Fries (1960–) 171
  • Allen Ginsberg (1926–1997) 178
  • Thom Gunn (1929–) 188
  • Bibliography 196
  • Essex Hemphill (1957–1995) 198
  • William M. Hoffman (1939–) 205
  • Richard Howard (1929–) 212
  • Bibliography 215
  • Maurice Kenny (1929–) 217
  • Bibliography 220
  • Rudy Kikel (1943–) 222
  • Harry Kondoleon (1955–1994) 230
  • Bibliography 234
  • Larry Kramer (1935–) 236
  • Tony Kushner (1956–) 246
  • Michael Lassell (1947–) 260
  • Timothy Liu (1965–) 268
  • Craig Lucas (1951–) 272
  • Charles Ludlam (1943–1987) 280
  • J.D. Mcclatchy (1945–) 288
  • Bibliography 291
  • Terrence Mcnally (1939–) 293
  • Bibliography 307
  • Scott Mcpherson (1959–1992) 309
  • James Merrill (1926–1995) 316
  • Paul Monette (1945–1995) 323
  • Frank O’hara (1926–1966) 334
  • Bibliography 340
  • Robert O’hara (1970–) 342
  • Peter Parnell (1953–) 349
  • Carl Phillips (1959–) 357
  • Kenneth Pobo (1954–) 363
  • D.A. Powell (1963–) 369
  • Bibliography 376
  • Guillermo Reyes (1962–) 377
  • Bibliography 382
  • Assotto Saint (yves FranÇois Lubin) (1957–1994) 383
  • Bibliography 387
  • F. Allen Sawyer (1957–) 388
  • Bibliography 392
  • James Schuyler (1923–1991) 393
  • Reginald Shepherd (1963–) 398
  • Bibliography 405
  • Martin Sherman (1938–) 406
  • Aaron Shurin (1947–) 412
  • David Trinidad (1953–) 421
  • Gore Vidal (1925–) 427
  • Bibliography 435
  • Jonathan Williams (1929–) 438
  • Doric Wilson (1939–) 444
  • Lanford Wilson (1937–) 451
  • Chay Yew (1966–) 461
  • Selected Bibliography 467
  • Index 469
  • About the Contributors 477
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