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Sarah Schulman Receives 2018 Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement

April 04, 2018

Sarah Schulman has received the 2018 Bill Whitehead Award. (Photo: Drew Stephens)

Sarah Schulman, College of Staten Island Distinguished Professor of English, has received the 2018 Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from The Publishing Triangle. The $3,000 award is presented in even-numbered years to female-identified writers, and to male-identified writers in odd-numbered years.

Commenting on her award, Schulman said, “The word “lifetime” is a big one, and of course I hope to do much more in my remaining time. I’m very proud to be recognized by my publishing community after so many years working with openly queer and AIDS content in my books, plays and films. I’m looking forward to the future, and grateful to CSI for the recognition and support.”

Sarah Schulman is a novelist, nonfiction writer, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and AIDS historian. Her 19 books include Conflict Is Not Abuse (winner of the Publishing Triangle Non-Fiction Award), the novel The Cosmopolitans (selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the best American novels of 2016), and Maggie Terry, a novel forthcoming in September. Her awards include a Guggenheim in Playwrighting, a Fulbright in Judaic Studies, two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships (Fiction and Playwrighting), two American Library Association Stonewall Book Awards (Fiction and Nonfiction), and the Kessler Prize for Sustained Contribution to LGBT Studies. Currently in progress is a stage collaboration with Marianne Faithful, The Snow Queen; a bio-pic of Carson McCullers’s Lonely Hunter; and a screen adaptation of her novel After Delores. Sarah is on the advisory board of Jewish Voice for Peace and Claudia Rankine’s Racial Imaginary Institute.  She is faculty advisor to Students for Justice in Palestine at the College of Staten Island, where she is a Distinguished Professor. With CSI colleague Matt Brim, and CCNY colleague Linda Villarosa, Schulman is founding an HIV/AIDS Studies Program at The Graduate Center/CUNY that held its inaugural conference in new research in HIV/AIDS Studies this past March.

According to its Website, “The purpose of The Publishing Triangle is to further the publication of books and other materials written by LGBT authors or with LGBT themes. Founded in 1988, The Publishing Triangle works to create support and a sense of community for lesbian and gay people in the publishing industry. We offer forums, as well as networking and social opportunities, for our members. In addition we sponsor programs to increase awareness of and appreciation for LGBT literature.”

By Terry Mares


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