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Gay City Anthologies produces vibrant, multi-disciplinary collections comprised of fiction, comics, poetry, photography and art. Works are crafted to support and raise awareness of the Gay City Health Project mission: to promote wellness in LGBTQ communities by providing health services, connecting people to resources, fostering arts, and building community.

Official Release Party: Gay City Vol 6

Friday, April 24 / 7pm - 8:30pm
Calamus Auditorium at Gay City

Gay City Arts is proud to announce the release of Gay City Vol 6: UpClose Personal. Join us for the Official Release Party, featuring readings from Gay City Vol 6 authors Tara Hardy, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, and Rick R. Reed. Copies of Gay City Vol 6 will be available for sale at the event.

Gay City Volume 6: UpClose Personal

Art is the voice, spirit and conscience of every community, and is a vital tool for community reflection, dialogue, and pride. Through the arts, we are able to engage in the discussion of issues and ideas in meaningful, thoughtful, and heartfelt ways without the burden of logic and reason.

It was in the spirit of this that Gay City embarked upon its first official season of Gay City Arts: UpClose Personal. This sixth volume of the Gay City Anthologies series captures that journey in a retrospective on a year of queer arts in the Calamus Auditorium at Gay City. We present you with a collection of visual and literary art that explores identity, spirituality, sexuality, relationships, and recovery from a uniquely queer perspective.

Whether you’re continuing this collaborative experience of shared art, or experiencing it for the first time, be prepared to be challenged, be moved, and be inspired as you delve into this collection of queer perspectives and voices. It will be a worthwhile endeavor.

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Ghosts In Gaslight, Monsters In Steam - Gay City Volume 5

The Lambda Literary Award nominated Ghosts In Gaslight, Monsters In Steam - Gay City Volume 5, our fifth installment, two dozen top-notch writers, poets and artists extend their creative claws and bare their fearsome fangs to thrill readers with this exciting new collection of LGBT inspired monster tales, ghost stories, steampunk adventures and gaslight thrillers.

Purchase your copy of Gay City Anthologies Vol 5: Ghosts In Gaslight, Monsters In Steam here.


Our anthology series continues with Volume 4: At Second Glance. There are always at least two viewpoints to every story and yet, we usually only hear one. A different perspective can provide an entirely different story than the commonly known tale; the other side of the looking glass, so to speak. This year, our anthology series continues with volume 4: At Second Glance, an anthology dedicated to exploring those alternate angles. Inside you'll find exciting new tales by established authors such as Felice Picano, as well as stories from emerging writers like Evan J. Peterson, Casondra Brewster and Louis Flint Ceci. Readers will even find a piece from our volume editor, Eric Andrews-Katz. From comic art to playscript, from mythology to modern fantasy; all the pieces take the reader forward by glancing back.

Purchase your copy of Gay City Anthologies Vol 4: At Second Glance here.

Gay City Volume 3: Re-Pulped

Now in its third volume, Gay City Anthologies turns for inspiration to the "pulp" era of the 20th century. The early gay pulp novels were chewy, campy and often controversial, yet they signaled generations of gay and bi men that others like themselves existed; men who were dreaming of skimpy swimming suits, motorcycle jackets, cowboy hats and a world better than that they'd inherited. In Re-Pulped!, we include selections from nearly forgotten queer pioneers as well as works from today's most exciting new voices in fiction, photography, comic art and poetry. From romantic and wry to adventurous and edgy, this collection bursts through the boundaries of genre to redefine not only what gay was, but what it might yet be.

Purchase your copy of Gay City Volume 3: Re-Pulped here.

Gay City: Volume 2

In 1969, Stonewall launched a revolution in gay culture and its role in the modern world. Forty years later, Gay City: Volume Two celebrates this ongoing transformation with 69 pieces of queer-themed short stories, comics, poetry, photography and art. Contributors include multi-award winning author, Ursula K. Le Guin (The Lathe of Heaven, The Earthsea Trilogy); novelist, syndicated columnist and NPR commentator, Marc Acito (How I Paid for College); and acclaimed comic artist, Eric Orner (The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green) as well as many other established and emerging talents.

Purchase your copy of Gay City: Volume 2 here.

Gay City: Volume One

Some would say that everything about "coming out" has been written; that everything about AIDS, gay relationships, religious conflict, exclusion and grief has already been "done." This slim anthology refutes that. Gay City: Volume One is a collection of fiction, poetry, comic art and photography published under the auspices of Seattle's Gay City Health Project.

The work addresses Gay City's mission of preventing HIV transmission by building community, fostering communication, and nurturing self-esteem. Included here are author Tom Spanbauer's "Mr. Energy", written during the dark dawn of AIDS, alongside "Ethan Green" creator, Eric Orner's visual chronicle of "25 Years, 25 Fears." Inside you'll find an excerpt from syndicated columnist Michael Thomas Ford's novel "Full Circle", eight pieces from the award winning poet Peter Pereira, and groundbreaking works from artist Donna Barr, plus many others.

Purchase your copy of Gay City: Volume 1 here.