Holly Hughes's Book Nominated for Lambda Literary Award
Holly Hughes's anthology on the renowned feminist/queer collective, NYC’s WOW Cafe is a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in the LGBT Anthology category, one of the most prestigious awards for LGBT themed work!
Memories of the Revolution: The First Ten Years of the WOW Cafe, co-edited with Jill S. Dolan and Carmelita Tropicana, and recently published by the University of Michigan Press (2015), was many years in the making, supported by funding from IRWG and the Institute for the Humanities.
Holly Hughes is a 2010-11 Guggenheim Fellow and internationally acclaimed performance artist. She began her work at New York City's WOW Cafe in the Lower East Side, a cooperative art space that gleefully described itself as "a home for wayward girls," or "a refuge for feminists who had been run out of other feminist organizations." At WOW she worked with Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw, Lisa Kron, Carmelita Tropicana, the Five Lesbian Brothers. She has performed at a variety of venues including the Guggenheim Museum, the Walker Art Center, Yale Rep, New Victory Theatre, numerous colleges, universities and community based performance spaces. In 1990, she was propelled into the center of the Culture Wars after the National Endowment for the Arts rescinded funding granted to Hughes and 3 other artists under pressure from conservative politicians. She is the recipient of 7 grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as funding from the Jerome Foundation, the MAP Foundation and New York State Council on the Arts. Her work is widely anthologized.
Hughes serves on the steering committee of IRWG's Lesbian-Gay-Queer Research Initiative (LGQRI).