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Simolke Wins Another Pride in the Arts Award
Sunday, July 27, 2003  4:27:00 PM

by Duane Simolke



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Texas-based author Duane Simolke has received his third Pride in the Arts literary award from StoneWall Society (http://www.stonewallsociety.com/), a resource for gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered artists. Simolke received the 2003 Imagination Award as author of the science fiction thriller Degranon.

Simolke was also honored recently by the LGBT resource website Antny’s Place (http://antnysplace.org). He was the Poet of the Month there for both June and July of 2003.

Born in New Orleans on May 28, 1965, Simolke now lives in Lubbock, Texas. Majoring in English, he studied at Belmont University (B.A., 1989), Hardin-Simmons University (M.A., 1991), and Texas Tech University (Ph.D., 1996). He has always loved books and movies, especially science fiction and fantasy.

Simolke wrote the earliest drafts of Degranon during the 1980s, then revised it for its eventual release in 2002. Before Degranon’s publication, Simolke wrote and released three non-genre books: The Acorn Stories; New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio; and Holding Me Together: Essays and Poems.

Degranon was his first novel, and first work of science fiction. The Acorn Stories and Holding Me Together: Essays and Poems both received StoneWall Society Pride in the Arts awards in 2002.

While revising Degranon, Simolke edited and co-wrote The Acorn Gathering. That mainstream fiction anthology is a spin-off from The Acorn Stories, with all author and editor royalties going to fund cancer research.

The alternate universe Simolke created for Degranon features characters that his readers might think of as Native American, African American, Latino, Asian, or gay. In fact, white characters receive only passing references, while gays seem idealized.

Simolke stops short of calling Degranon a “gay novel,” since he wrote the book for a general audience, and since the main characters are heterosexual. However, he uses some of those non-gay characters to explore gay themes, as well as wider themes of diversity, freedom, and violence.

Though primarily a high-concept adventure, Degranon challenges every reader’s views, perceptions, and prejudices. Everyone who reads it will find it disturbing at times, exciting at times, and ultimately optimistic. In fact, many people will interpret certain scenes, characters, and events in differing ways.

The prolific author already has the next decade or so planned out in terms of his books. He is co-writing a fantasy novel, polishing a second edition of The Acorn Stories, and developing ideas for two Degranon sequels.

Readers can visit http://DuaneSimolke.Com to learn more about Simolke and his award-winning books, or to find a variety of writing resources and LGBT resources. His site also includes Rainbow: Lubbock, a frequently updated online guide that he created in August 1997 for other gays in the West Texas city that he calls home.
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Holding Me Together is # 1! - 2/26/2008 2:56:00 PM

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Gay Science Fiction at Amazon Kindle - 1/26/2008 8:04:00 AM

Another Gay Love Video - 1/7/2008 7:38:00 AM

Gay Pride Video - 11/19/2007 12:58:00 PM

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Fantasy Art Contest - 8/14/2007 11:06:00 AM

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Gay Pride, International - 6/22/2007 1:51:00 PM

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Fantasy novel covered in Texas newspapers - 12/25/2006 5:12:00 PM

Nomination for 2007 Allbooks Award - 11/30/2006 5:47:00 AM

StoneWall Society Events - 11/5/2006 7:34:00 AM

New Fantasy Release  - 4/23/2006 10:37:00 AM

Nominated for two 2005 StoneWall Society Awards - 8/28/2005 12:28:00 PM

Revised version of award-winning gay book! - 8/19/2005 12:13:00 PM

Scifi novel joins gay marriage debate - 11/10/2004 7:51:00 AM

Degranon Rewritten for Gay Audience That Embraced It - 6/28/2004 7:14:00 AM

My essay quoted in new book. - 12/16/2003 2:14:00 PM

Secrets and Scandals in West Texas - 9/24/2003 1:41:00 PM

June and July 2003 Poet of the Month! - 6/4/2003 2:42:00 PM

Cancer Fundraiser Book Made All Consuming’s 2002 List - 1/18/2003 8:25:00 AM

Science Fiction Novel Relates to Real Life. Revised 2004. - 11/23/2002 8:43:00 AM

BookCrossing Benefits Readers and Writers - 11/19/2002 1:26:00 PM

Degranon Excerpt at SFFWorld.com. Revised 2004. - 9/17/2002 6:22:00 AM

Simolke Wins StoneWall Society Pride 2002 Awards! - 8/7/2002 6:29:00 AM

Duane Simolke Featured in SciFi Database. - 7/15/2002 1:12:00 PM

Authors Unite To Write Against Cancer - 6/6/2002 2:57:00 AM

Duane Simolke's SciFi Novel Embraces Diversity, Freedom. Revised 2004. - 5/1/2002 12:33:00 PM

West Texas: Land of Basketball, Prairie Dogs, and Strange Acorns! - 3/9/2002 10:30:00 AM

Science fiction for all people who dare to be themselves. - 2/20/2002 8:55:00 PM

Duane Simolke's Holding Me Together counters homophobia. - 2/4/2001 4:18:00 PM


Books by
Duane Simolke



The Acorn Stories (West Texas Fiction)

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Degranon: A Gay Science Fiction Adventure

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The Return of Innocence: A Fantasy Adventure

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Holding Me Together, featuring Reactions to Homophobia

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Selected Poems

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The Acorn Gathering: Writers Uniting Against Cancer

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Fat Diary: Free Texas Humor eBook

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