Cleis Press Publishers Receive Prestigious Award

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Felice Newman and Frédérique Delacoste are recipients of a national honor as outliers and publishers who were unrelentingly independent. They dared to publish books no one else was courageous enough to print.

Over 100 members of the avant garde arts communities in New York City and San Francisco are recipients of this year’s Acker Award, named for novelist Kathy Acker. The Acker Awards is a tribute given to members of the avant garde arts community who have made outstanding contributions in their discipline in defiance of convention, or else served their fellow writers and artists in outstanding ways. The award is named after novelist Kathy Acker who in her life and work exemplified the risk-taking and uncompromising dedication that identifies the true avant garde artist. Acker Awards are granted to both living and deceased members of the New York or San Francisco communities. The cities were chosen for their historic linkage as centers for the avant garde. In time, though, communities in other cities will be asked to participate. The providers of the Acker Awards are Alan Kaufman (San Francisco) and Clayton Patterson (New York City). The recipients were determined through extensive discussion with members of the arts communities in both cities. This year's recipients will have the opportunity to both nominate and vote for future recipients of the Acker Awards. Other winners of the award include Hubert Selby Jr., Barney Rosset, Fred Jordan, William Vollman, Michelle Tea, Diane DiPrima, Thomas Nozkowski, Matt Gonzalez, C. Carr, and Eileen Myles.

Awards ceremonies in New York City and San Francisco are planned. The San Francisco event will take place on Thursday, June 6, 2013, 7-9PM at Viracocha, 998 Valencia Street at 21st, the Mission, San Francisco.

Felice Newman and Frédérique Delacoste are recipients of the award in the category of Publishing for Cleis Press. Learn more about these two publishing icons and the 33-year history of Cleis Press here.

Cleis Press publishes works in the areas of fiction and LGBT studies, as well as romance, erotica, how-to sex guides, human rights, memoir, and women's studies. Among many lesbian, feminist, and gay presses that emerged in the 1970s and 1980s, Cleis is one of the only presses that are still run by its founders. Felice Newman and Frédérique Delacoste founded Cleis Press in 1980, and have worked together as co-publishers ever since.

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