“Church” by G. Winston James

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About the Author
G. Winston James is a Jamaican-born poet, author, essayist and editor. A former fellow of the Millay Colony for the Arts, he holds a BA from Columbia University and an MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College. In 2010 his short fiction collection, Shaming the Devil: Collected Short Stories, was selected a Finalist publication in the categories of “Debut Fiction” for the 22nd Annual Lambda Literary Awards and “LGBT Fiction” for the Ferro-Grumley Literary Awards. He is also the author of The Damaged Good: Poems Around Love and the Lambda Literary Award finalist collection Lyric: Poems Along a Broken Road. Among other publications his essays appear in the anthologies For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Still Not Enough and Love, Christopher Street: Reflections of Gay New York. A former Executive Director of the Other Countries Black Gay Expression artists’ collective, he was a founding organizer and board member of Fire & Ink: A Writers Festival for GLBT People of African Descent. James is co-editor of the historic anthologies, Voices Rising: Celebrating 20 Years of Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Writing and the Lambda Literary Award finalist publication Spirited: Affirming the Soul and Black Gay/Lesbian Identity. He is also the author of the introduction to American photographer Thomas Roma’s 2015 monograph In the Vale of Cashmere.
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