Remembering E. Lynn Harris

Sitting down to contemplate what to write about someone who has touched your life and the lives of so many others, upon the news of their untimely passing, is not an easy task to do. It’s even harder to do when that person is E. Lynn Harris. A man who gave a face and voice to a community that weathered years of marginalization with every novel that he wrote. A man who was able to use his storytelling to bridge the gap of communication between Black gay men and Black heterosexual women in our community…in a positive way. A man who inspired a whole new generation of readers. A man who I met some years ago and fell in love with his infectious way of telling a good story. A man whose smile was always the life of the party and a man whose legacy will continue to live on each and every time someone opens up one of his novels and begins to read or there is a birthing of a new young Black  author. E. Lynn Harris will live on forever in our hearts and on the pages of his wonderful novels.  That is our commitment to E. Lynn’s legacy and memory, to keep on reading, loving, sharing, and laughing.  Ashay.

The Court of Public Opinion

  • I just want to say that I’m still finding it hard to believe that E. Lynn Harris is gone. He was one of my biggest idols. As a lesbian writer I found some of my love for writing just from reading his books. I will never forget going to a local bookstore to see him. I had every last one of his books with me, I almost dropped them a million times. He took the time to talk to me and give me some advice as a writer. Then I was lucky enough to meet him again once my book came out. i will cherish those memories for the rest of my life. He is truly missed but he will live on through his amazing books that have changed so many lives.