Remembering James White and His Deep Connection with COMPAS

When gay poet James L. White (1936–1981) came to Minnesota in the 1970s, the Twin Cities had become the major cultural center between Chicago and the West Coast, and would come to rival Chicago. The Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and Minnesota Orchestra had been nationally esteemed for decades. The Tyrone Guthrie Theater and Children’s Theatre Company, both founded in the 1960s, were achieving international status. The art of the written word began to find institutional legs in the ’70s with the Playwrights’ Center and The Loft Literary Center and in the ’80s with Graywolf Press.

Read the full story in Lavender by John Townsend.