Thomas Glave: Among the Bloodpeople: Politics & Flesh, July 2, 2013

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With an introduction by Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa

Themes of human rights, political oppression, sexuality, race, and Jamaican culture thematically connect these essays.

Thomas Glave is admired for his unique style and exploration of taboo, politically volatile topics. The award-winning author’s new collection, Among the Bloodpeople, contains the power and daring of his earlier writing but ventures even further into the political, the personal, and the secret.

Each essay in the volume reveals a passionate commitment to social justice and human truth. Whether confronting Jamaica’s prime minister on antigay bigotry, contemplating the risks and seductions of “outlawed” sex, exploring a world of octopuses and men performing somersaults in the Caribbean Sea, or challenging repressive tactics employed at the University of Cambridge, Glave expresses the observations of a global citizen with the voice of a poet.

The Author

THOMAS GLAVE is an O. Henry award-winning author and was named a Village Voice Writer on the Verge in 2001.

He is the author of Whose Song? and Other Stories, Words to Our Now: Imagination and Dissent (Lambda Literary Award, 2005), The Torturer’s Wife, and editor of the anthology Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writing from the Antilles (Lambda Literary Award, 2008).

His most recent work has appeared in the New York Times, the Kenyon Review, Callaloo, and in the anthologies Kingston Noir, Love, Christopher Street: Reflections of New York City, Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform, and Who’s Yer Daddy? Gay Writers Celebrate Their Mentors and Forerunners.

Glave has been the Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Professor at MIT, and is a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge. Among the Bloodpeople: Politics & Flesh is his latest book.

Book Details

Paperback: 224 pages

Published: 7/2/13

IBSN: 9781617751707

e-IBSN: 9781617751783

Publisher's website:

Black Interest

Caribbean Interest

GLBT Interest


Politics/Current Affairs


Jamaica, Kingston




social justice


University of Cambridge