Bo Huston

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Bo Huston
Born 1959
Died 1993
San Francisco, California
Occupation novelist, short story writer
Nationality American
Period 1990s
Notable works Dream Life, The Listener
Spouse Dan Carmell (1987-1993)

Bo Huston (1959–1993)[1] was an American writer.[2]

He was briefly a film student at New York University in the early 1980s, but withdrew from the program and worked in typesetting.[2] Moving to San Francisco in 1987, he took a typesetting job with an advertising agency and met his longterm partner Dan Carmell,[2] but left the advertising job in 1988 after being diagnosed HIV-positive and devoted the remainder of his life to writing.[2] He was a regular columnist for the San Francisco Bay Times,[2] was a cofounder of the LGBT literary conference Out/Write,[2] and published his first short story collection Horse and Other Stories in 1990.[2] He followed up with the novels Remember Me in 1991[3] and Dream Life in 1992.[4]

He died of AIDS in 1993.[2] One further collection of short stories, The Listener, was posthumously published in 1993.[5]

He was a three-time Lambda Literary Award nominee, garnering nods for Gay Debut Fiction at the 3rd Lambda Literary Awards in 1991 for Horse and Other Stories,[6] for Gay Fiction at the 5th Lambda Literary Awards in 1993 for Dream Life,[7] and for Gay Fiction at the 6th Lambda Literary Awards in 1994 for The Listener.[8] The Listener also won the Gregory Kolovakos Award for AIDS Literature.[9]

After Huston's death, Carmell and lesbian writer Dorothy Allison coparented a child together.[10]


  • Horse and Other Stories (1990)
  • Remember Me (1991)
  • Dream Life (1992)
  • The Listener (1993)


  1. ^ John C. Hawley, LGBTQ America Today: An Encyclopedia, Volume 1. Greenwood Publishing Group, 2008. ISBN 9780313339905. pp. 580-581.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Emmanuel Sampath Nelson, Contemporary Gay American Novelists: A Bio-bibliographical Critical Sourcebook. Greenwood Publishing Group, 1993. ISBN 9780313280191. pp. 205-211.
  3. ^ "Forecasts: Paperbacks". Publishers Weekly, April 12, 1991.
  4. ^ "Forecasts: Fiction". Publishers Weekly, September 14, 1992.
  5. ^ "Forecasts: Fiction". Publishers Weekly, September 27, 1993.
  6. ^ 3rd Lambda Literary Awards. Lambda Literary Foundation, July 13, 1991.
  7. ^ 5th Lambda Literary Awards. Lambda Literary Foundation, July 13, 1993.
  8. ^ 6th Lambda Literary Awards. Lambda Literary Foundation, July 13, 1994.
  9. ^ Richard Labonté, "Title bout". The Advocate, June 28, 1994. pp. 60-61.
  10. ^ "An Open Book". Los Angeles Times, April 24, 1998.