The queer GGs

Everything's coming up GGs for queer writers, including Vancouver's Raziel Reid

Everything’s coming up GGs for queer writers, including Vancouver’s Raziel Reid

It’s a good year for queer artists at the Governor General’s Awards: FOUR queer artists were honoured when the prizes were announced on Tuesday—and two of them are from Vancouver.

Jordan Tannahill, who’s based in Toronto, won in Drama for Age of Minority: Three Solo Plays. All of the scripts in that collection feature queer adolescent protagonists. Tannahill’s Late Company, which is also queer-themed opens in Vancouver on Friday.

Vancouver writer Michael Harris topped the Non-Fiction category with The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection.

Twenty-four-year-old Vancouverite Raziel Reid took the Children’s Literature Award for text for When Everything Feels Like the Movies, which features a gay teen protagonist.

And Arlene Paré took the poetry prize for Lake of Two Mountains.

Yay. 🙂

Jordan Tannahill writes plays for and about queer youth

Jordan Tannahil, Age of Minority, Late Company, Touchstone Theatre

Playwright Jordan Tannahill pulls ideas out of the news—not his hair (excellent photo by Lacey Creighton)

When I interviewed young queer playwright Jordan Tannahill about Late Company, which Touchstone is presenting at the Firehall November 21 to 30, he also told me about Age of Minority, the trilogy of plays that earned him a GG nomination this year.

All three solo plays feature queer youth.

The Late Company preview will run in the Straight next week. As a kind of warm-up, I thought you might like to hear what Tannahill had to say about Age of Minority, which is the first TYA collection to be nominated for a Governor General’s Award in Drama:  [Read more…]