The Hellum and Neal Series
in LGBTQIA+ Literature
In the mid-1930s, two men met in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, and fell in love. Robert Neal and Edgar Hellum shared an interest in preserving the old Cornish houses that families had built in the small town’s nineteenth-century heyday as a mining community, and they worked together to restore one to live in — a stone cottage they called Pendarvis House.
Over time, Pendarvis House gained an international reputation. Food and cultural critics, political officials, celebrities, and ordinary people from all over the world came to Mineral Point to eat, connect, and admire the Cornish architecture and the beauty of the surrounding landscape.
It is because of Robert Neal and Edgar Hellum that Mineral Point became and remained a community of artists and makers — because they saw something they wanted to do, something they felt was important, and they did it in a way that brought beauty and more people into their lives.
The Hellum & Neal series seeks full-length LGBTQIA+ submissions across all genres and the full spectrum of sexualities and identities. We’re looking for books written with passion and conviction that speak to a diverse readership, because we believe that everyone deserves to tell their story and everyone deserves to have their story told.
2016-17 Hellum and Neal Series Releases
by EE Ottoman
If you look for yourself in the past and see nothing, how do you know who you are? How do you know that you’re supposed to be here? With sympathy and cutting insight, Ottoman offers a tour de force exploration of contemporary trans identity.
by Alexis Hall
1864: Thomas Mandeville, a priest searching for faith, finds instead Michael Dashwood, a whore searching for oblivion in the worst opium den in London. Nettlefield is a tale of passion and truth, and the freedom to find both.
by Kris Ripper
When Singer and Jake opened their hearts to the foster-to-adopt process, they had no idea they’d be opening their entire lives to scrutiny, old estrangements, reunion, and new connections.
by Sarah Hahn Campbell
A memoir of loss
“Maybe my map will help a little. If only to comfort, to say: someone else visited this place; someone else survived to make this map.”
by Liz Jacobs
A tender, funny, emotional, and glittering debut that will appeal to readers who love to be immersed in incisive prose, slow-burn erotic tension, and thoughtful portrayals of well-characterized protagonists who are negotiating stakes of cultural and LGBTQIA+ identity.