I wanted to take a moment and remember John Stahle. John was the editor of Ganymede – one of the most beautiful queer literary journals I’ve ever seen – and, more importantly, a good friend. I had the pleasure of meeting him last summer at a Wilde Boys Queer Poetry Salon and read him a few of my poems. He brought such vivacity to the discussion of what it means to be a gay poet (and obviously that question is something I’ve continued to ponder – in part because of his enduring influence.)
To be an editor is to make a home for poets & their work. Ganymede published well known writers like David Sedaris as well as countless emerging poets (myself included.) I think one of the best things we can do for one another, as artists, is find a way to embrace each other’s work & put our poems into dialogue with one another. John made that happen for us.
John passed away quite unexpectedly this April and will be greatly missed.
Sleep well, poet.