(LOS ANGELES, Calif.) – Regent Media, has announced that Don Weise has been named the new publisher of Alyson Books. Weise will be based in Alyson Book’ New York office. He will replace Dale Cunningham who successfully shepherded Alyson Books through two acquisitions since 2005 and is leaving to pursue other interests.

Don Weise takes over as head of the world’s oldest and most recognized LGBT book publishing house. (Photo courtesy: Regent Media)
Don Weise takes over as head of the world’s oldest and most recognized LGBT book publishing house. (Photo courtesy: Regent Media)

“For close to three decades Alyson Books has led the way in providing the best quality books for the large, diverse LGBT community,” said Paul Colichman President & CEO of Regent Media. “Don Weise brings with him vast experience unparalleled in gay and lesbian publishing. We are thrilled that Don will now work to grow and expand the incredible talent pool that contributes to making Alyson an industry leader.”

Weise comes to Alyson Books from Carroll & Graf, where he served as Senior Editor from 2003-07. While at Carroll & Graf, he launched the house’s gay and lesbian publishing division working with authors including Gore Vidal, Edward Albee, Leslie Feinberg, Edmund White and Kate Clinton, among others. Prior to his tenure at Carroll & Graff, Weise worked for seven years as an Associate Publisher at Cleis Press. During that time he worked with esteemed authors Anne Bannon and Patrick Califia and additionally edited Gore Vidal’s LA Times bestseller Sexually Speaking.

Throughout his influential career, Weise also earned three Lambda Literary Awards, which annually recognize excellence in LGBT literature. The Lambda Literary Foundation honored Weise for his work on Black Like Us: A Century of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual African-American Fiction; Time on Two Crosses: The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustin; and Fresh Men: New Voices in Gay Fiction, which Weise edited with Edmund White.

“I’m thrilled at the opportunity to become a part of the prestigious Alyson Books team,” said Weise. “Alyson is known industry-wide as an innovative house with a broad vision. I look forward to working with Regent Media in further developing Alyson’s existing relationships with distinguished authors, as well as cultivating new ones. Our goal is to serve the audience that already loves the Alyson label while also opening the door to a brand new readership.”

For more information about Alyson Books and to purchase any Alyson Books titles, visit the company’s website at www.alyson.com.

Source: Regent Media

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