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e. lynn harris

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message 1: by jo (new)

jo | 1031 comments hey, e. lynn harris passed away the other day and i think maybe we could just remember him here. i have read nothing by him and barely knows what kind of stuff he wrote, but when i was preparing a queer lit. class i thought it would have been nice to include him. anyone knows more than i do? did harris make place for other african american queer voices? is his writing too low brow for this gang?

message 2: by Wilhelmina (last edited Aug 01, 2009 01:42PM) (new)

Wilhelmina Jenkins | 2049 comments I'm glad that you mentioned E. Lynn Harris' death, jo. He was extremely popular here in Atlanta and I believe that he opened a lot of doors for other writers, not only queer or African American. I also think that the popularity of his books greatly increased the level of understanding between gay and straight African Americans. He also broke new ground in marketing his books, starting off by selling them in beauty parlors and similar nontraditional venues out of the trunk of his car, then rising to be a regular on the New York Tines Best Seller list. He will be missed.

I really liked this tribute to him:

message 3: by Rona (new)

Rona Fernandez (ronagirl9) | 104 comments Thanks for posting this. i was bit saddened that more writer friends of mine (many of whom are LGBTQ people of color) weren't writing about his death. It was so sudden and he was still quite young. I wrote my own very brief blogpost after I heard the news:

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