• .: About Ron Jackson Suresha :.

    Ron J. Suresha
    is a Lambda Literary Award finalist for his anthologies, Bi Men: Coming out (2006) and Bisexual Perspectives on the Life and Work of Alfred C. Kinsey (2010).
    His most recent book, coauthored with Scott McGillivray, is FUR: THE LOVE OF HAIR, from German publisher Bruno Gmünder. He also authored a collection of Turkish folk Tales, The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin, , which was named a Storytelling World Honor Book.
    Suresha self-published his first book, Mugs o' Joy: Delicious Hot Drinks, when he was 39. In 2002, he authored his first trade softcover, the nonfiction Bears on Bears: Interviews & Discussions. Under the name R. Jackson, he has edited the anthologies Bi Guys: The deliciousness of his sex (also a "Lammy" finalist), Bearotica, Bear Lust, Bears in the Wild, and Tales from the Den, published by Bear Bones Books, a Lethe imprint for which he serves as Acquisitions Editor. He also solo hosts and produces an occasional podcast for the adult men's Bear community, Bear Soup, which runs on BearRadio.net Monday & Wednesdays 10pm Eastern / Pacific.
  • RJS to return to Michigan for Hibernation readings

    Posted By on July 22, 2014

    Readings of Hibernation and Other Poems in Detroit and Ann Arbor

    HIB Hibernation Suresha frcoverAuthor Ron J. Suresha will return to his Motown roots this month when he comes to Detroit and Ann Arbor to read from his latest book, Hibernation and Other Poems by Bear Bards.

    On Friday, July 25, 2014, at 7:00 pm, Suresha will read at Common Language Bookstore, 317 Braun Court, in Ann Arbor.

    On Sunday, July 27, 2014, at 6:30pm, Suresha will read at Hayloft Saloon, 8070 Greenfield Road, in Detroit.

    Suresha, who attended Oak Park High School and was graduated in 1976, edited his high school literary magazine and newspaper, and was named the Detroit News/Scholastic Student Writer of the year. He attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he lived from 1976 to 1981, at Alice Lloyd Hall Pilot Program and the LSA Residential College Creative Writing program, and received an Avery Hopwood Undergraduate Award for his poetry. Suresha attended college until shortly after the unexpected death in 1977 of his mother in Oak Park, Michigan, where he grew up.

    Despite this, during his Ann Arbor years, Suresha continued to be very active in the poetry and literary community. For more than a year, Suresha organized the popular Guild House Poetry Reading Series, which featured dozens of local writers from on and off campus. He also organized a complete, continuous reading of Walt Whitman’s poetry book, Leaves of Grass, on May 31, 1979, the 160th anniversary of the bard’s birthday, featuring 30 poets from around Ann Arbor and Detroit. A photo of Suresha reading at the event on the Diag was included in the LSA college bulletin the following year. In 1978-9 Suresha co-founded and co-edited a free alternative monthly newspaper, The Ann Arbor Alchemist, and also briefly edited a free “New Age” monthly magazine, Ann Arbor Pathways. During his Ann Arbor years, he was also very active in several housing and food cooperatives.

    In 1981, Suresha moved from Michigan to Atlanta for work, though he has retained his connection to both his hometown and alma mater. In the interim, Suresha lived in various cities around the USA, and continued to write and work in all aspects of publishing. He has edited or written more than a dozen books of nonfiction and fiction, mostly of interest to gay and bisexual men. Suresha is a three-time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for his anthologies on bisexuality. A 2010 collection of traditional Turkish folk tales, The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin, won two national awards, The Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award and a Storytelling World Honor Award.

    Suresha’s ties with Michigan were renewed in 1998 when he returned as caregiver for his father, who passed from metastatic prostate cancer in 2001. In 2004, Suresha married Rocco Russo, a family doctor living in Connecticut, and the two presently reside in New Milford.

    BBB logo whtypeIn 2007, Suresha co-founded Bear Bones Books, an imprint of indie GLBTQ publisher Lethe Press based in Maple Shade, N.J. The imprint publishes Suresha’s work as well as other authors in the gay/bi men’s “Bear” community. Suresha, who has read twice before in years past at Common Language, will read from and sign copies of his most recent publication, Hibernation and Other Poems by Bear Bards, the 20th title from Bear Bones Books. Hibernation is an anthology of bear-themed poetry featuring 100 poems by 40 contributors including award-winning authors Felice Picano, Jeff Mann, Alfred Corn, and Jack Fritscher.

    Suresha2103DelhiKeith Orr, co-owner of the bookstore, stated, “We’re delighted to bring back prodigal poet and our friend, Ron Suresha, to Ann Arbor for his reading at Common Language. Ron is a Bear community pioneer, a well-respected name in GLBTQ literature, and an enthusiastic, fun reader. We invite everyone to join us for this free event to welcome him back to Ann Arbor.”


    Kilt tea @ Summer Bear Week 2014

    Posted By on April 30, 2014

    Kilt tea @ Summer Bear Week 2014


    Kiltbear Art by Mark Parmon


    Monday, July 14th,  4:00pm – 7:00pm
    Boatslip Resort

    161 Commercial Street, Provincetown, Massachusetts 02657

    For Summer Bear Week 2014 we’re trying a new optional dress theme for afternoon tea dance. It’s KILT time!

    Kilts are already a common sight during Bear Week but this year we want to get all the available kiltbears together.  So wear your kilt to Monday’s Boatslip Tea Dance. Be colorful, comfortable, and have fun. Whether you wear your clan colors, leather kilt, or just a simple Utilikilts, whether commando or not, please join us in beginning a festive new Bear Week tradition.

    Please share this invitation with your kilted buddies!

    Artwork by Mark Parmon


    Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/499843936781852/


    Answers for “What are you wearing under your kilt?”

    If you are looking for some ready answers to this age-old question, here are a few answers picked up mainly from the bagpipe newsgroup, rec.music.makers.bagpipe:. H/t to Bob G. for the original list, adapted here for Bear Week Berserkers to use in responding to men.

    Summer Bear Week responses to the query, “What are you wearing under your kilt?”

    • My Scottish pride.
    • My shoes and socks.
    • Nothing is worn, everything is in perfect working order.
    • How warm are your hands?
    • Play your cards right and you can find out.
    • My father once told me a real gentleman wouldn’t ask. He was right, God bless ‘im.
    • Tell me, sir, would you go jogging without a jock?
    • Same as you, only bigger.
    • Your husbear’s lip balm.
    • If I’m lucky, your lip balm.
    • Socks, shoes and a wee bit of talcum powder.
    • Bagpipes, wanna give ‘em a blow?
    • A wee set of pipes.
    • String — I had to tie it up so it didn’t hang below the kilt.
    • It’s the smallest airport in the world: two hangars and a night fighter.
    • How badly do you want to know?
    • Only what the good Lord graced me with.
    • Gi’e us your hand, sir, I’m a mon o’ few wurds.



    Hibernation and Other Poems reviewed by Amos Lassen

    Posted By on April 8, 2014

    HIB Hibernation Suresha frcoverSuresha, Ron J. (editor). “Hibernation and Other Poems by Bear Bards”, Bear Bones Books, 2014.

    Bear Bards and Poetry

    Amos Lassen

    Editor Ron Suresha says that this anthology was three years in the making and I am sure that is not because bears don’t write poetry but because he wanted the very best and it sure looks like he got it.

    I fully believe that you can judge a people or a community but the literature it produces and while it may seem incongruous that bears who represent big burly men would write poetry, I feel that this book is very important for them and for the rest of us to be able to see what they can do. …  without a doubt bears can and should write poetry and all of us—bears, non-bears, gays and straight should read it. …

    The collection contains 100 poems most of which are written in free verse and every issue of life is contained here from the “changing standards of masculinity, male romance and lust, maturing men’s body issues, and what it means to live and love within the worldwide gay male bear community”. … What the poems share in common is the bear experience. What I love is the fun I had reading it. I also loved that I got a new picture of some of the authors I already knew. …

    If you have ever wondered what a “bear poem” is, you will get your answer right here. … There is a bear experience, which is shared among hundreds of thousands of bear-identified men. …

    Thank you, Mr Lassen!

    Read the entire review here:


    RJS on BearPodcast to chat about Hibernation

    Posted By on April 4, 2014

    HIB Hibernation Suresha frcoverI went on BearPodcast (show #512) to talk with the guys about my new poetry anthology, Hibernation and Other Poems by Bear Bards. We had an interesting and fun chat, but not enough time to read any poetry aloud. Before long I hope to do a video of my reading some poetry from the book.

    Here’s the audio podcast: http://bearpodcast.com/show/?p=3320

    Here’s the YouTube video:

    Hibernation readings: Danbury, NYC, Hartford, NOLA, Ptown

    Posted By on March 28, 2014

     Hibernation readingsHIB Hibernation Suresha frcover



    Saturday, April 5th, 2014, 9:00 pm

    Triangles Café, 66 Sugarhollow Road (Rte. 7), Danbury, CT, 203-798-6996, Triangles website

    Join the editor of the new bear poetry anthology, Hibernation and Other Poems by Bear Bards, Ron J. Suresha and contributing authors David Juhren, Rocco Russo, and John Genest as they greet readers and sign copies of the book as part of the Twilight Guard + Hudson Valley Bears joint bar night.

    Facebook event page



    Bear Bards Read! Book Launch

    Saturday, May 10th, 2014, 7:00 pm

    Bureau of General Services — Queer Division, c/o Cage, 83A Hester Street, NY, NY 10002, (646) 457-0859, http://bgsqd.com/

    Join us for a fun and fur-filled evening of hirsute literary pursuit for the premiere reading and book launch for the new bear poetry anthology, Hibernation, and other poems by bear bards. Bear down to listen up as an outstanding group of authors reads from the book as well as other poems. Time allowing, we will open the mic to anyone who wants to read their bear-themed verse. This free event will be hosted by editor Ron J. Suresha and features contributing authors Scott Hightower, Daniel Lewiston, Rocco Russo, Jordan M. Shu, Chris Vaccaro, and Emanuel Xavier.



    Furplay Madness

    Saturday, April 19th, 8:00pm

    Tommy’s Restaurant, 825 Saybrook Road, Middletown, CT 06475, 860-346-8686

    Join Mr. Connecticut Bear 2014, Trell Walters, for a fundraiser for True Colors and AIDS Project New Haven. There will be a brief reading by Ron Suresha, editor of the new poetry anthology, Hibernation and Other Poems by Bear Bards, as well as a 50/50 raffle including a signed copy of the book, and hairy chest / hot jock contests.

    Facebook event page



    Bear Bards Read at Saints + Sinners

    Saturday, May 17th, 2014, 8:00 pm [time to be confirmed)

    The Phoenix, 941 Elysian Fields, New Orleans, 504 945 9264, http://neworleansphoenix.com/

    Join us for a fun- and fur-filled evening in pursuit of the hirsute muse as award-winning poets from around the country gather to read from their new collection of poetry, Hibernation, and other poems by bear bards. This free event will be hosted by editor Ron J. Suresha and features writers Emanuel Xavier, Felice Picano, Jeff Mann, Wayne Courtois-Seligman, Shawn Syms, and Charlie Hopwood plus other contributors attending the Saints + Sinners literary festival this weekend.

    Time allowing, we will open the mic to anyone who wants to read his bear-themed verse.



    Bear Bards Read at Summer Bear Week

    Thursday, July 17th, 2014, 6:00- 7:00pm

    Provincetown Public Library, 356 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA 02657, (508) 487-7094, http://provincetownlibrary.org/

    Join us for a fun and fur-filled evening of hirsute literary pursuit for the premiere reading and book launch for the new bear poetry anthology, Hibernation, and other poems by bear bards. Bear down to listen up as an outstanding group of authors reads from the book as well as other poems. Time allowing, we will open the mic to anyone who wants to read their bear-themed verse. This free event will be hosted by editor Ron J. Suresha and features contributing authors Provincetown resident Dennis Rhodes, Scott Hightower, Charlie Hopwood, Daniel Lewiston, Rocco Russo, Jordan M. Shu, and Chris Vaccaro.

    Free event open to the adult public. Copies of Hibernation will be available at the event and at Bear Market.


    BBB logo whtypeHibernation, and other poems by bear bards

    Ron J. Suresha, editor

    Bear Bones Books

    212 pages, 5 x 8 inches

    ISBN: 978-1-59021-259-2

    eISBN: 1-59021-265-7

    Paperback: $18.00

    Distributed by: Baker & Taylor, Ingram


    Put Loaves & Fishes where it does the most good

    Posted By on March 6, 2014

    Urges Loaves be placed where it does the most good

    Published 12:28 am, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, New Milford Spectrum

    To the Editor:

    The Feb. 28 Spectrum article, “Loaves & Fishes reveals struggle,” quotes Colleen Purcell, a parent who objects to the food charity Loaves & Fishes being located on Bridge Street next to a public recreational area.

    Ms. Purcell states, “I… understand not everyone who goes there is an alcoholic, homeless, or a drug user.”

    Unless she’s being ironic, this implies a majority of the Loaves clientele is degenerate fiends who are threatening her child(ren) just by being nearby.

    But, in reality, nothing could be further from the truth.

    People who go to food banks and soup kitchens are not all, or mostly, or even often “alcoholic, homeless, or a drug user.” They are persons who are hungry.

    They experience, on a daily basis, various sorts of food poverty. Not because they choose it, but because they can’t afford to feed themselves.

    “Concerned parents” may have the freedom and economic privilege to drive their child(ren) to any sports field or recreational area they feel is safe, and to eat in their home or any restaurant they like.

    If only they could offer some mercy for less fortunate ones, who are compelled by no fault of their own, to use the charitable services of a community soup kitchen for their basic sustenance because they do not have the same financial or transportation options given to the privileged.

    No evidence supports the fearful statement that Loaves & Fishes clients are any of the things inferred.

    Let’s ensure the least fortunate among us are properly fed.

    Let’s put Loaves & Fishes Hospitality House where it will do the most good.


    Ron J. Suresha

    New Milford


    New RJS anthology in April: Hibernation, and other poems

    Posted By on February 26, 2014

    Soon in print — the first ever bear poetry anthology — during National Poetry Month!


    and Other Poems by Bear Bards

    Ron J. Suresha, editor

    Hibernation, front cover [not final].

    Hibernation, front cover [not final]. Photography by Yogabear Studio.


    In April 2014, during National Poetry Month, Bear Bones Books proudly presents Hibernation, and Other Poems by Bear Bards, a smart, sexy, eclectic poetry collection written by and for gay and bisexual men of the bearish persuasion and edited by Ron J. Suresha.

    Predominantly in free verse, these wide-ranging poems address all aspects of contemporary (two-legged) bearish life: changing standards of masculinity, male romance and lust, maturing men’s body issues, and what it means to live and love within the worldwide bi and gay male bear community. The poems are sometimes introspective, sometimes erotic, sometimes amusing — but they’re all well-crafted glimpses of the bear experience.

    This thoughtful, fun, and moving book features more than 100 poems by 40 esteemed authors, including David Bergman and Albert Skip Brushaber, whose eponymous poems give this anthology its title, plus noted writers Alfred C. Corn, Jameson Currier, Gavin Geoffrey Dillard, Jack Fritscher, Daniel M. Jaffe, Raymond Luczak, Jeff Mann, Ron Mohring, Felice Picano, Jay Starre, Jim Stewart, Dan Stone, and Emanuel Xavier and many fine poems from other fine contributors from around the U.S. and Canada.

    Poetry lovers and bear-loving men alike will appreciate the diverse range of contemporary masculine voices in Hibernation, and other poems by bear bards.


    David Bergman ~ Albert Skip Brushaber ~ Alfred C. Corn ~ Michael G. Cornelius ~ Wayne Courtois ~ Bob “Brutus” Cunningham ~ Jameson Currier ~ Lewis DeSimone ~ Gavin Geoffrey Dillard ~ Charles Flowers ~ Jack Fritscher ~ John Genest ~ Scott Hightower ~ Charlie Hopwood ~ Daniel M. Jaffe ~ David Juhren ~ Owen Keehnen ~ Daniel Lewiston ~ Raymond Luczak ~ Ed Madden ~ Jeff Mann ~ Stephen Mead ~ Ron Mohring ~ Miguel M. Morales ~ Jay Neal ~ Felice Picano ~ C.D. Reade ~ Dennis Rhodes ~ Rocco Russo ~ Gregg Shapiro ~ Jordan M. Shu ~ Jay Starre ~ Jim Stewart ~ Dan Stone ~ Shawn Syms ~ Chris Vaccaro ~ Jeff Walt ~ Scott Wiggerman ~ Randy Wyatt ~ Emanuel Xavier

    Facebook book page for Hibernation.

    About the editor

    Author or editor of more than a dozen books, Hibernation editor Ron J. Suresha is a three-time Lambda Literary Award Finalist for his anthologies on bisexual men, winner of a Rainbow Book Award for his nonfiction book, Fur: The Love of Hair, and recipient of both a Storytelling World Honor and the Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award for his collection of Turkish folk tales, The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin. In high school and college, Suresha won several local awards for his poetry; later he was director of an Ann Arbor, Mich., poetry reading series and organized a complete, continuous public reading of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. Suresha, who is co-founder and acquisitions editor of the Bear Bones Books imprint of Lethe Press, lives with his husband in New Milford, Connecticut.

    Hibernation, And Other Poems by Bear Bards
    edited by Ron J. Suresha
    Bear Bones Books
    April 15, 2014
    ISBN: 978-15902-1-259-2
    eISBN: 1-59021-265-7
    Categories: Poetry, GLBTQ Literature
    Distributed by: Baker & Taylor, Ingram
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    Fundly page for Hibernation

    Do you feel strongly (as we do) that there should be a bear poetry anthology? Poetry books do not make money, nor do many poetry anthologies. Do you believe that the bear community should have its own arts and literature? Do you want to support an effort to bring together a collective group of outstanding writers who identify with the bear community?

    Then please consider dropping a few bucks in the Hibernation and other poems fundraising campaign to help offset expenses for the editorial, production, publication, and marketing of the book.