Perry Brass

Perry Brass has published fourteen books and been a finalist six times in three categories (poetry; Gay science fiction and fantasy; spirituality and religion) for prestigious Lambda Literary Awards. His novel Warlock received a 2002 “Ippy” Award from Independent Publisher Magazine as "Best Gay and Lesbian Book."

In the early 1970s Brass was a founder of the Gay Men's Health Project Clinic, the first clinic for Gay men on the East Coast, the forerunner of New York’s Callen-Lorde Community Health Center. The Clinic became the model for many grass-roots health organizations in the Gay community in that it was organized and run by the men who used it, rather than by doctors.

His play Night Chills, one of the first plays to deal with the AIDS crisis, won a Jane Chambers International Gay Playwriting Award. His poetic collaborations with composers have included “All the Way Through Evening,” a five-song cycle set by the late Chris DeBlasio; “Three Brass Songs” set by Fred Hersch; "Five 'Russian' Lyrics, set by Christopher Berg; “The Angel Voices of Men” set by Ricky Ian Gordon, and “Waltzes for Men,” set by Craig Carnahan, both commissioned by the Dick Cable Fund for the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus. His
latest musical collaboration, "The Restless Yearning Towards My Self," set by opera composer Paula Kimper, was commissioned by Downtown Music.

Brass has taught many writing and publishing workshops and classes. "The Search for the Greenwood, the Return to the Gay Paradise," Brass' PowerPoint slide show and lecture about the search for the "Gay paradise," "the Greenwood," which E. M. Forster, wrote about in his early romantic Gay novel, Maurice, was given at the Bard Conference on God and Sexuality in the Spring of 2006 and at the Tom of Finland Erotic Art Festival in New York in the Summer of 2006.

Brass lives in the Riverdale section of “da Bronx” with his longtime partner Hugh.

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