BRYAN BORLAND and Seth Pennington, a husband/husband team, are the publishers of Sibling Rivalry Press, an independent publishing house based in Alexander, Arkansas. In just over three years, SRP has published Poets & Writers Top Debut Fiction (Corona by Bushra Rehman), a Poets & Writers Top 12 Debut Poet (Skin Shift by Matthew Hittinger), a Pushcart Prize winner (“Self-Portrait with Exit Wounds” from Assaracus Issue 08/Ocean Vuong), a 2012 Lambda Award winner for Gay Poetry and 2012 Thom Gunn Award finalist (He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices by Stephen S. Mills), three 2013 Lambda Literary Award finalists (Klein in Gay Poetry, Rehman for Bisexual Fiction, and Volpert for LGBT Anthology), nine American Library Association “Over the Rainbow” recommended LGBT titles in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 (Borland x 2, Vuong, Jones, Simmonds, Volpert, Davis, Kelley, and Hoffman), two American Library Association “Over the Rainbow” top 10 favorite picks (When the Only Light Is Fire by Saeed Jones for 2013 and This assignment is so gay edited by Megan Volpert in 2014), Library Journal‘s “Best New Magazine” (Assaracus), one of Flavorwire’s 50 books that define the last five years of literature (Jones), and a finalist for the Bisexual Poetry Book of the Year (Shine by Donnelle McGee). SRP has been recognized as the 2013 Bisexual Publisher of the Year from the Bisexual Writers Association for dedication to quality literary content across the spectrum of sexuality.
As a poet, Bryan’s first collection of poetry, My Life as Adam, is a potent cocktail of family life, religion, and sexuality. It was one of only five books of poetry selected by the American Library Association for its first annual “Over the Rainbow” list of recommended LGBT-themed publications. His second collection of poetry, Less Fortunate Pirates: Poems from the First Year Without My Father, was release in November 2012.
He is also the founder and editor of Assaracus, the world’s only print journal dedicated exclusively to the gay poet and the editor of Lady Business: A Celebration of Lesbian Poetry, published in August 2012 by Sibling Rivalry Press and included on 2013′s “Over the Rainbow” list, which is the predecessor for SRP’s latest quarterly journal, Adrienne: A Poetry Journal of Queer Women.
Art featured on this website is by ASHe Levesque and is titled “Rejected Angel.”