Samuel Steward links and connections

Samuel Steward links and connections

Phils Tattoo Joynt

Okay. Since my first post it has become obvious that I need to make a list of all of the links and connections with Sam Steward that are on the web. The first is this amazing blog that was created by a writer who blogs about Steward’s life and his own interests and connections to Steward’s life. It is a really interesting project. He says about it…

TRIBUTE TO SAM BLOG is a beyond-the-grave dialogue with one of the most intelligent, charismatic, and complicated American scholars – Samuel M. Steward.  In an effort to understand this analogous life of ours, the posted pieces create dialogues with Mr. Steward about life.  To add, since Mr. Steward enjoyed company,  [the author] thought it proper to invite anyone who feels connected to these experiences to join in with their comments, critiques and stories. The goal is to find a common human connection that transcends generations.


I will be attending this symposium next week on Sam Steward

Queer Places, Practices & Lives

A Symposium in Honor of Samuel Steward

The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH

May 18-19, 2012

This 2-day conference provides a forum for scholars, creative writers, performance artists, archivists, and others to present and discuss their work relating to queer issues. Comprised of a number of concurrent sessions, two plenary panels, a roundtable on collecting and archiving LGBTQ materials, and a keynote address, the conference aims to take stock of recent trends in queer studies scholarship and to open up new avenues of inquiry, research, and expressive practice.

Why Samuel Steward?

It is fitting that the first, full-scale, academic queer studies conference at OSU should be made possible by, and in commemoration of, one of the university’s former graduates. Born in 1909 in the small town of Woodsfield, Ohio, Samuel Steward enrolled at Ohio State University in 1927 and earned a BA in 1931 and a PhD in 1934, both in English literature. Steward went on to teach literature at OSU and other colleges for several years, eventually abandoned academia and became a well-respected tattoo artist under the name Phil Sparrow, and later on wrote a number of erotic novels, using the pseudonym Phil Andros, as well as other books.

In 1995, the estate of Samuel Steward, at his bequest, donated funds to the Department of English at OSU, which were meant to further research on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer lives and issues. These funds have only recently resurfaced and are now being put to their intended use. In keeping with Steward’s proclivity for traversing the academic and the popular, this conference seeks to create spaces where scholars, students, community members, artists, and performers can interact and converse with each other.




Here is a link to the Kinsey Institute

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