Category Winner - Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans Fiction
By William Poe
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Simon embarks on a course of self-discovery with his lover, Thad, after suffering drug abuse and loss of faith, continuing the story begun in the novel, Simon Says (ISBN-13: 978-1477624999).
“Simple Simon, by William Poe, follows Simon Powell through a gritty painful path and ultimately becomes a story of healing . . . At his counselor’s urging, Simon is earnestly trying to make sense of his life by writing down his story. Simon grew up in the 1960s in Arkansas, where he faced adversity because of his homosexuality. This pain and tension sets the stage for the rest of his life. He seeks solace in Reverend Moon’s Unification Church, through drug and alcohol abuse, and through unhealthy relationships. Eventually one of his relationships heads him in a positive direction–Thad, Simon’s former lover,encourages Simon to seek treatment for his drug addiction. The counsel and healing that result are the impetus for this story. (Melissa Wuske, Clarion Foreword Reviews).
About William Poe
Award-winning writer, William Poe, author of novels as well as poems and short stories, earned a bachelor’s in art from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a master’s in anthropology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Poe’s novel, Simon Says (ISBN-13:978-0615559575) is the winner of the 2013 International Book Awards in the category Fiction: Gay & Lesbian. Poe is the author of the acclaimed poetry collection Myths and Rhymes (ISBN: 978-1479233915). His collection of poems and short stories, Endings: Poetry and Prose (ISBN: 978-1516836932) has received positive reviews.