LGBTQ+ Companion to Symbol, Mythology, Folklore and Spirituality - Randy P. Conner

David Hatfield Sparks [+-]
M.L.I.S. Teacher, author, and ethnomusicologist
David Hatfield Sparks, M.M. (Ethnomusicology), M.L.I.S. Teacher, author, and ethnomusicologist has written on the subject of gender and music in academic journals. As gay father and activist, he has participated in queer multicultural communities from the Midwest and Manhattan to Austin, Texas and San Francisco. His poems and essays have appeared in current and historic feminist and LGBTQ publications including the anthologies First Person Queer: Who we are so far (2007), She Is Everywhere (vol. 3, 2012), Witches and Pagans magazine from “Four Seasonal Spells” (no. 30, 2015 and no 34, 2017), and the anthologies El Mundo Zurdo Anthology: Selected Works from the 2015 Meeting of the Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa, and his long poem. “Un Grito for GEA,” in Imaniman: Poets Writing in the Anzaldúan Borderlands (Aunt Lute Books, 2017). His essay, written with his husband Randy Conner, “And Revolution is Possible,” was included in the Lambda Books Award winning anthology, This Bridge We Call Home (2002). His poetry book Princes and Pumpkins won 1st Prize in the 2015 Writer’s Digest Poetry Self-Published e-Book Awards. He was recently awarded a writer’s residency in New Orleans by the “Good Judy Foundation, My Judy Residency” program for LGBTQ writers inspired by the work of West Coast Lesbian Poet Judy Grahn. His short story, “A Little Death in Naples” was semi-finalist in the 2019 NOLA Saints and Sinners Fiction Contest.
Randy P. Conner [+-]
Professor, researcher, and author
Randy P. Conner is a researcher, author, and Associate Professor of Humanities. He holds a Masters in Literature and a Ph.D. in Humanities. He is a gay parent and activist who has been involved in civil rights movements for over 40 years. He has published many books and articles on LGBTQ Studies, World Literature, and African-African Diasporic religions. His first book Blossom of Bone: Reclaiming Homoeroticism and the Sacred (Harper SF, 1993) was widely acclaimed. After the Encyclopedia, he later published with his life companion/husband of 43 years, David Hatfield Sparks, Queering Creole Spiritual Traditions (Harrington Park/Routledge, 2004), that was also a nominated for a Lammy.
His comprehensive article “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender American Religious Cultures” was published in 2015 in Religion and American Cultures, 2nd ed., ed. Gary Laderman and Luis Léon, ABC-CLIO. His historical analysis of paganism, The Pagan Heart of the West (5 vols) was published in 2019 by Mandrake of Oxford. He just finished his historical fiction novel, The Wine of Memory about the lives and loves of French poet Charles Baudelaire, his lover, the bisexual French-Haitian actress Jeanne Duvall, and her female companion Louise that blends poetry, Vodou, and their mixed race relationships.
Mariah Sparks [+-]
Singer, storyteller and librarian
Mariah Sparks, B.A. (English Literature/Theater Arts), M.L.I.S., is a singer, storyteller, and librarian with an expertise in children’s literature. She holds a Masters in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. She is a writer and literacy advocate as well as a political and social justice activist. She is a member of the American Library Association, the American Associations of School Librarians and Library Service to Children. She lives with her husband, writer, singer Prado Gomez and an old pit bull named Lion in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Sparks, David; Conner, Randy P.; Sparks, Mariah. Bibliography. LGBTQ+ Companion to Symbol, Mythology, Folklore and Spirituality. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. May 2023. ISBN 9781800502666. Date accessed: 01 Jul 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.44264. May 2023

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