About Our Contributors

We’re pleased to have such a wonder variety of men in the anthology. Check out their bios below. 

Patrick Cornelius is originally from the East Coast, outside of Philadelphia. After spending over twenty years working in disability services, the last twelve in elite paralympic sport, he decided to follow his dream of becoming a mortician. Now licensed as a funeral director and embalmer in the state of Oregon, Patrick enjoys working in the Columbia River Gorge serving families and the community. He also enjoys running, working out, and the beautiful outdoors.

William Dameron is a prolific blogger at The Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, and his personal blog, The Authentic Life. He has published essays in The Boston Globe, Saranac Review, and 5×5. He has won Blogher’s Voices of the Year award for the past three years and has completed a memoir manuscript. He lives in Boston with his husband.

Clayton Delery-Edwards is the author of The Up Stairs Lounge Arson: Thirty-Two Deaths in a New Orleans Gay Bar, June 24, 1973 (McFarland Publishing, 2014). He taught English at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts in Natchitoches from 1989 to 2015. He married his husband, Aaron, in a Canadian ceremony in 2008. Clayton has recently retired from teaching. He and his husband now live in New Orleans.

David Gillespie is an author, hospice volunteer coordinator, and instructor in religion and philosophy for Furman University’s OLLI program. He has been publishing since 1974 (way before his coming out); his first short story was published in 2000. One year after his front-page coming out, he entered into what has been his longest relationship with the love of his life. When he is not coordinating volunteers, teaching, or writing and reading, he most likely can be found on his boat enjoying lake life with his husband. He wishes he could have had just one more conversation with his late father.

Wayne Gregory, author of the memoir The Tongues of Men and Angels, is a graduate of the Attic Atheneum and a former Hawthorne Fellow. His work has appeared in The Sun, Alltopia, Ashe Journal, The Hawthorne, and the Lambda award-winning anthology Portland Queer. He is a linguist and a faculty member at Portland State University and also teaches creative writing at the Attic Institute. Wayne is a proud father and grandfather and a card-carrying member of the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus. Originally from Louisiana, he now lives in Portland, Oregon.

Andrew L. Huerta lives in Tucson, Arizona, where he has spent the past fifteen years in higher education teaching and advising students who are the first in their families to attend college. After completing his MA in creative writing and PhD in education, he is now in the process of completing his first two works of fiction: a collection of short stories entitled A Different Man, and a novel entitled Raggedy Anthony. His short stories have appeared in such publications as Chelsea Station Magazine, The Round Up Writer’s Zine: Pride Edition, Creating Iris, Jonathan, and The Storyteller. For more information, please visit www.andrewlhuerta.com.

Anil Kamal is a public servant for the federal government. He recently completed his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. His thesis, a television series entitled Saffron, about a lawyer seeking a midcareer switch to drag queen extraordinaire, is currently seeking production. Originally from Ottawa, he now lives in Toronto, Ontario, with his partner and their six-year-old pug, Kala.

David B. Livingstone is a freelance writer, corporate communications consultant, and occasional punk rock guitarist living and working in suburban Detroit, Michigan. He has written arts and entertainment criticism for a variety of newspapers and magazines in the United States and United Kingdom. He recently contributed to Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men, an anthology of bi men’s writing published by the Bisexual Resource Center.

David Meischen writes poetry and fiction. His work has appeared in Copper Nickel, The Southern Review, Salamander, Bellingham Review, Southern Poetry Review, and elsewhere. “Crossing the Nueces” is part of a memoir, currently in progress; another excerpt appears in The Gettysburg Review. Meischen has a novel in stories, currently with an enthusiastic agent. He won the Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript Contest in Mainstream Fiction, 2011, and the Talking Writing Fiction Contest, 2012. Cofounder and managing editor of Dos Gatos Press, a nonprofit dedicated to poets and poetry, he lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with his husband—also his copublisher and co-editor—Scott Wiggerman.

Samuel Peterson is a fifty-plus-year-old trans guy, performer, writer, and activist. His book, Trunky (transgender junky), A Memoir of Institutionalization and Southern Hospitality, will be published by Transgress Press fall 2016, while his one-person play, F to M to Octopus, is currently seeking production. You can find him in Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman’s cutting-edge anthology, Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, and online at www.samuelpeterson.org. Or where he is now, in bed with his cats.

Robert L. Ramsay grew up on a farm on the Canadian prairies. He earned his teaching credentials from Brandon University and a bachelor of arts from the University of Winnipeg. After teaching for twenty years in Manitoba, he moved to Victoria, British Columbia, where he worked in municipal government administration for thirteen years. He now lives in Surrey, British Columbia. He studied creative writing at the University of Winnipeg, Camosun College, in Victoria and North Island College in Courtenay. His first nonfiction article, on interior design, was published in 1971. Since then he has published nonfiction articles in magazines such as Senior Living, Exercise for Men Only, The American Organist, and Christian Single. In the mideighties he wrote stories for Honcho, Mandate, and Playguy. Now he is once again writing fiction. Most recently, his story “Helen and Gerry” appeared in Off the Rocks.

Joseph Schreiber is a writer, critic, and photographer living in Calgary, Alberta. He is a contributor at Numéro Cinq magazine. His reviews have also appeared in other literary journals including 3:AM Magazine and The Scofield. Presently he is working on an experimental prose project exploring the realities of living as a gay transgender man.

Joseph A. Shapiro teaches writing and Transgender Literature at Hunter College in New York City. He has an MFA in creative writing from Hunter College and was a 2010 Lambda Literary Fellow. “Cellophane” is an excerpt from his forthcoming memoir by the same title. It was first published in Cactus Heart Literary Journal in 2014.

Reid Vanderburgh is a retired therapist living in Portland, Oregon, who now focuses on writing and teaching. He teaches continuing education classes on issues pertaining to LGBTQ identity and various aspects of the transition process. He is on the board of both PFLAG Portland and his local GSA Youth Chorus. He also sings in the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, and in recent years he has provided workshops for various gay and lesbian choruses regarding trans inclusivity. He is the author of two books: Transition and Beyond: Observations on Gender Identity and Journeys of Transformation: Stories from Across the Acronym.

Jean-Pierre Vidrine was born in the small town of Ville Platte, Louisiana. He graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in journalism…just months after discovering that he hated journalism. For a time he was a comic book reviewer for www.thisisanothercastle.com. He is also a sometime contributor to the blog Divergent Lifestyles. He now lives in Chicago with his spouse and cat.

Van Waffle is a Canadian journalist. He lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with Danny Ouellette, his partner of thirteen years. He blogs about urban nature at www.vanwaffle.com.