Gender Queer Literature is a free online and living resource for contemporary genderqueer perspectives.
With these goals, GQL looks for and publishes articles on the representation of non-conforming gendered contemporary literature. We publish creative works with gender non-conforming protagonists or by authors who self-identify as such. We also share the craft and workshop outlines on how to write such perspectives, as presented at colleges and communities across UK, USA and (hopefully) beyond.
This website calls for a more conscious representation of a marginalised community who have been–and continue to be– excluded from the literary canon. Suzanne Pharr (1997) stated “The best controlling tactic at puberty is to be treated as an outsider, to be ostracised at a time when it feels most vital to be accepted.”
With this in mind, GQL will share thesis, articles, and abstracts connected to our topic of non-conforming gendered narratives.
We publish creative works with gender non-conforming protagonists or by authors who self-identify as such. The work does not have to be unpublished and so links or reprints with permission are welcomed. Our goal is to highlight your work with an audience from a diverse international sense of community and academia. For this reason, we also are interested in reviews and interviews as well as poems, stories, excerpts, and images.
Publish with us. Reach out.
On the Craft of Writing outside of the Gender Binary
GQL asks how do we use gendered language and gender-markers to write androgynous narratives? How are authentic gender-queer experiences represented in contemporary English literature and by whom? We share workshop and classes here for you to understand how to represent a marginalised community, including Queer Flash, Creating Queer Characters, Gender Neutral Names, and Gendered Language. As taught at Arizona State University, VCFA, and the Constellation Writers Hub across the States and online.
The Art of Gender Queer Storytelling
A Webinar Presentation on how to create authentic non-binary narratives.
There’s a growing openness to other gender roles and identities but how do you write about such characters? There’s so much more to it than simply changing pronouns. This is important work: making space for and telling the stories of those of us on the edges.
Instructor: Sarah Leamy
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Jasminum McMullen (she/her) is a Creator, Shieldsian, and Champion of Difference residing on the ancestral land of the Kiikaapoi in Chicago. She holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her philosophies have appeared in Baby Teeth Journal, midnight & indigo, Past Ten, Stella Veritatis, and forthcoming in Mamas, Martyrs, and Jezebels, an anthology from Black Lawrence Press.
Desmond Peeples’ writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Isele, Past Ten, Goreyesque, and elsewhere, and they write regularly for the Vermont Arts Council. They hold degrees from Goddard College and Vermont College of Fine Arts. Desmond was born and lives still in Vermont. desmondpeeples.com
Sarah Leamy is currently a PhD researcher at the University of Birmingham, England. Her studies and stories often focus on gender, family, and the search for community. She is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of www.wanderlust-Journal.com, a literary journal publishing travel stories and photos from across the world. Sleam’s book, Hidden, was released by Finishing Line Press in 2021. www.sarahleamy.com