The Fiddlehead mourns the loss of Richard (RM) Vaughan and are grateful for his words, which we’ve been privileged to publish over the years. We’re thinking of the way in which both his words and his person helped pave the way for other queer writers. In tribute, we share this excerpt from “Mr. Love Ruined My Life,” from our 2020 summer issue. We hope this brings some light to his friends and family.
Mary Gilliland hails from the northeast United States. Her poetry has also appeared in such publications as AGNI, Hotel Amerika, Notre Dame Review, Poetry, Stand, Vallum, and in Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms In Our Hands. Her award-winning The Ruined Walled Castle Garden will be out in 2020 from Bright Hill Press. Two of Mary's poems will be featured in the soon to be published Autumn issue 285 of The Fiddlehead. Subscribe now for your copy!
Editorial Assistant Joel St. Peters recently connected with poet John Barton to discuss his poetry, the AIDS crisis, and the victimization of the queer community.
John Barton is the current Poet Laureate of Victoria. He has published eleven books of poetry and nine chapbooks. His most recent collection of poetry—a book of sonnets entitled Lost Family: A Memoir—has just been published, his first in six years. Three pieces from this new collection, “Bathhouse Raids, Toronto, 1981,” “HIV: A History,” and “Coda for the Victims,” were featured in The Fiddlehead’s Summer 2020 issue.
Keith Taylor retired a couple of years ago after teaching for many years at the University of Michigan. His most recent full length collection is The Bird-while (Wayne State University Press, 2017). His poetry will be featured in an upcoming issue of The Fiddlehead.
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