Graduate Writing alumnus Victor Yates' ('14 MFA) debut novel has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. A Love Like Blood, Yates' thesis project, is a finalist in the LGBT Debut Fiction category. The novel follows 17-year old Carsten Tynes, as he deals with the intricacies of sexuality, race, religion, and a father's abuse.
The Lambda Literary Awards identify and celebrate the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender books of the year and affirm that LGBTQ stories are part of the literature of the world. "The Lambda Literary Awards were founded in 1989 to elevate the profile of LGBT literature," said Lambda Literary Board President, KG MacGregor. "In so doing, we also elevate the lives of those who find themselves authentically portrayed in our stories. It is with great pride that we come together each year to celebrate the excellent works of inspiring authors who have walked in our shoes." The winners will be announced at a gala ceremony on June 6, 2016 in New York City.
Victor Yates is a graduate of the Creative Writing program at Otis College. His work has appeared in Windy City Times, Edge, and he is the winner of the Elma Stuckey Writing Award (1st place in poetry). Two of his poems were included in the anthology, “For Colored Boys,” which was edited by Keith Boykin. The anthology won the American Library Association’s Stonewall Book Award. A Love Like Blood is a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Debut Fiction.