If you are not bi, you may want to be when you finish the beautifully bi-attitudinal poems in Kevin Hogan’s long-awaited first book, My Ríastrad. They range from battle frenzy (“ríastrad”) to gentleness, from hurt to courage, horror to humor, disillusion to hope for a better world. Matt Cresswell, Editor of Glitterwolf Magazine praises another duality in the book: “Able to be both elusive and forthright, Hogan’s poetry is wise, evocative, and alive with the delicate power of hard-earned truth.” Julia Canfield, Board President of the Bisexual Resource Center, writes this: “Eloquent and poignant from start to finish, Kevin Hogan takes you on an unwaveringly candid, deeply emotional journey of self-discovery. Hogan reflects upon a magnitude of subjects—including sexuality, scenery, and social media—effortlessly and with the utmost care. Along with an imaginative use of language and metaphor, and intertwined with influences ranging from Frost to Snyder, his poetry literally leaps off the page at you.” And this from Ellyn Ruthstrom, Executive Director of SpeakOUT Boston: “Kevin Hogan’s poems offer a passionate and powerful exploration of his own unique experiences. Though knowing he is a contemporary writer, I sometimes feel he is channeling a wry Celtic bard in his pace and rhyme, but his commentary is spot on with today’s reality. And when he says, ‘So when the mob stings like hornets, / Close your theaters. Go write sonnets,’ I am ever so glad he took his own advice." FLASH: THE BOOK IS A FINALIST FOR THE 2016 LAMBDA AWARD!
Kevin Hogan is a prolific poet, Huffington Post blogger and human rights advocate. As a self-help author, speaker and consultant, he’s also an authority on the subject of healing stigma. For years an inspiring high school English instructor, his life irrevocably changed after an international news story branded him the “Porn Star Teacher.” In addition to writing and speaking, Kevin serves on the Board of Directors of the Bisexual Resource Center, the oldest national bi-specific organization. As a member of the Bisexual Leadership Roundtable, he was invited to the White House for a historic first meeting in 2013 with the Obama administration on matters of bisexual health, inclusivity and awareness. And in 2015, he was invited back to the White House for the first Bisexual Community Policy Briefing. Currently, he’s also part of a working party for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ team Building Resilient Communities Through Trauma-Informed Congregations. In moments of selfish bliss, Kevin enjoys long walks on the beach with his wife and their two dogs.
Copyright © 2015 by Kevin Hogan
6" x 9" paperback, 80 pages