GCLS Trailblazer recipient 2018
The Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS), the leading lesbian literary organization, names Dorothy Allison the 2018 Trailblazer Award Recipient.
The GCLS presents their annual Trailblazer Award to a lesbian writer for their lifetime achievement, in recognition of the contributions she has made to the field of lesbian literature.
Ms. Allison received mainstream acclaim with her first novel, Bastard Out of Carolina. Translated into over a dozen languages, it was adapted to film and directed by Angelica Huston for Showtime Networks in 1996. Her second novel, Cavedweller (Dutton, 1998), won numerous awards and was adapted for the stage and screen, most notably in the 2004 film of the same name starring Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon, directed by Lisa Cholodenko. Bastard Out of Carolina was a finalist for the 1992 National Book Award, and Cavedweller was a national bestseller and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Allison also authored the memoir Two or Three Things I Know for Sure (Dutton, 1995), and the poetry chapbook The Women Who Hate Me (1990). She has a collection of short fiction, Trash, published in two editions—from Firebrand in 1989 and an expanded edition from Penguin, 2003. She released two books of essays Skin: Talking about Sex, Class and Literature (Firebrand, 1995). Dorothy was born in Greenville, South Carolina and makes her home in Northern California with her partner Alix and their son, Wolf Michael.
Among her many honors are three Lambda Literary Awards, various keynote speaking engagements including the 11th Annual GCLS Conference, multiple fellowships and residencies, and other prestigious literary awards. In April 2016, Allison was inducted into South Carolina Academy of Authors. Having taught at some of the most prestigious universities in the country, Allison continues to be a sought-after lecturer and teacher.
Dorothy Allison and her fellow Goldie Award winners will be honored at our Fourteenth Annual Literary Conference, culminating in our Awards Ceremony on July 7, 2018, at Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Please visit the GCLS website for more information about the organization and the Annual Conference.