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Originally from Savannah, Georgia, Perry Brass grew up in the 1950s and 1960s, equal parts Southern, Jewish, economically impoverished, and very much gay. To escape the South's violent homophobia, he hitchhiked at seventeen from Savannah to San Francisco, California (over 3,000 miles)--an adventure, he recalls, that was "like Mark Twain with drag queens." He has published sixteen books and been a finalist six times for Lambda Literary Awards in poetry, gay science fiction and fantasy, and spirituality and religion. His novels "Warlock" and "Carnal Sacraments" both received "Ippy" Independent Publisher Awards from as Best Gay and Lesbian Book. "Carnal Sacraments" was also a finalist for a Best Book of the Year Award from ForeWord magazine.
His newest book, "King of Angels, A Novel About the Genesis of Identity and Belief," set in Savannah, GA, in 1963, the year of J.F.K.'s assassination, has been compared "To Kill A Mocking Bird," and has received rapturous reviews from readers and the press alike. His previous book, "The Manly Art of Seduction," lauded in many reviews, received a Gold Medal IPPY Award as Best Gay and Lesbian Non-Fiction book in a very crowded category. Although "The Manly Art of Seduction" has become the "go-to" book about male-on-male relationships, it has also attacted a universal readership because of its humanity, humor, and approach to actually understanding men and how they approach intimacy.
He has been involved in the gay movement since 1969, when he co-edited Come Out!, the world's first gay liberation newspaper. In 1972, with two friends he started the Gay Men's Health Project Clinic, the first clinic for gay men on the East Coast, still surviving as New York's Callen-Lorde Community Health Center. In 1984, his play Night Chills, one of the first plays to deal with the AIDS crisis, won a Jane Chambers International Gay Playwriting Award.
Brass's numerous collaborations with composers include the poetry for "All the Way Through Evening," a five-song cycle set by the late Chris DeBlasio; "The Angel Voices of Men" set by Ricky Ian Gordon, commissioned by the Dick Cable Fund for the New York City Gay Men's Chorus, which featured it on its Gay Century Songbook CD; "Three Brass Songs" set by Fred Hersch; "Five 'Russian' Lyrics," set by Christopher Berg, commissioned by Positive Music; and "Waltzes for Men," also commissioned by the DCF for the NYC Gay Men's Chorus, set by Craig Carnahan. His latest musical collaboration,"The Restless Yearning Towards My Self," set by opera composer Paula Kimper, was commissioned by Downtown Music.
Perry Brass is an accomplished reader and authority on gender subjects, gay relationships, and the history and literature of the movement towards GLBT equality. He has taught numerous workshops and classes in writing and publishing fiction, and on the hidden roots of an eternal gay culture. He lives in the Riverdale section of "da Bronx," part of New York City, with his life partner of 32 years, but travels widely in Europe and other parts of the world. He can be reached personally through his website, www.perrybrass.com.