Graduate Writing alumnus Victor Yates
' ('14 MFA) debut novel has received the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Debut Fiction. 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, a full list of winners may be found here.
"I discovered my love of writing at 14. I read a poem by Maya Angelou called The Black Family Pledge. Soon after, I started writing poetry, but later moved to newspaper writing and then creative writing," said the author when asked when he discovered his love of writing.
Victor Yates is a graduate of the Graduate 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 the winner of the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Debut Fiction. A Love Like Blood is available on Amazon. Keep up with the writings of Victor Yates by following his blog.