Editor Brian Bouldrey (The Genius of Desire, 1993) notes that his goals in this second installment of an annual collection were to "highlight new talent. . . showcase established writers" and to "bring attention to published work that might have had limited distribution." He accomplishes all three, producing an anthology strong on less well-known writers (including Russell Leong, Mitch Cullin, and Karl Woelz) and venues but also featuring some effective work by such well-established figures as Andrew Holleran, Stephen Beachy, Michael Nava, and Dale Peck. Several of the most moving tales (like John R. Keene's "My Son, My Heart, My Life" and Scott Thomas's "The Main Frame") deal in fresh, powerful ways with the struggles of young men to come to grips with the nature and implications of their desires. A savvy, lively overview of current gay fiction.
Mitch Cullin story: "Sifting Through"