New Board Members

At the December CLAGS Board meeting, five new members were invited to serve on the newly expanded CLAGS’s Board of Directors. All five are notable for their commitment to lesbian and gay studies, as well as for their scholarly and professional achievements.

Byrne Fone has recently taken early retirement from his position as Professor of English at City College. He has written widely on a range of gay male subjects. His latest book is Masculine Landscapes: Walt Whitman and the Homoerotic Text.

Jackie Goldsby is a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at Yale University, where she holds a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities. Her academic work focuses on 19th century American literature and culture. She plans to write her dissertation on lynching and forms of representation from the turn of the century to 1955. Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, Goldsby formerly served on the editorial board of OUT /LOOK magazine.

Jaime Manrique, Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Goddard College, is also a poet, novelist, critic, and translator. Among his most recent publications are his novel, Latin Moon in Manhattan and an epic poem, Christopher Columbus on His Deathbed (bilingual edition). Among his other activities, Manrique has served as chairman of PEN’s Benefit Committee for Writers and Editors with AIDS.

Oscar Montero, Associate Professor of Spanish at Lehman College and the The Graduate Center, CUNY, has written extensively on Latin American literature. The author of The Name Game and “Lipstick Vogue: The Politics of Drag” (Radical America. 1988), he recently completed a study of fin -de-siecle Cuba.

Ruthann Robson, Associate Professor at the CUNY Law School, is the author of numerous articles and the recent book, Lesbian (Out) Law. She is also the author of two short story collections and is a Lambda Book Award winner in fiction.