Between Certain Death and a Possible Future
The editor of the collection frames introduces the volume by exploring his youthful feelings about his sexuality, and the onset of the AIDS epidemic.
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is the author of two non-fiction titles and three novels, and the editor of five non-fiction anthologies. Her latest title, The Freezer Door, is a New York Times Editors' Choice, one of O - The Oprah Magazine's Best LGBTQ Books of 2020, and a finalist for both the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award and a Lambda Literary Award. Her memoir, The End of San Francisco, won a Lambda Literary Award in 2014, and her novel Sketchtasy was one of NPR's Best Books of 2018. Her anthology Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform was an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book. Her latest anthology (her sixth) is Between Certain Death and a Possible Future: Queer Writing on Growing Up with the AIDS Crisis, publishing in fall 2021. Her nonfiction book Touching the Art will be published by Soft Skull in 2023. She lives in Seattle.