Foglifter~ Reading Tonight!



Join us TOMORROW for a reading hosted by Foglifter, just femme & dandy at SMOL Fair!We’re so excited to announce our virtual reading, Between Futurity and Chaos: Imagining Queerer Possibilities! Hosted by Foglifter and just femme & dandy at SMOL Fair, this free event will feature work from Tarik Dobbs, Aldo Amparán, Kirin Khan, Wo Chan, Elle Hong, KB, and K. Iver, and Wryly T. McCutchen.

Thursday, March 24th at 5:00 PM (PT). Closed captioning and ASL interpretation will be available. This event is free to the public. 

We are thrilled to welcome Mihee Kim, Zak Salih, and Tauheed Zaman as guest editors to our team! 

Guest Fiction Editor: Zak Salih (he/his) is the author of the novel Let’s Get Back to the Party, recommended by O, the Oprah Magazine; BuzzFeed; Cosmopolitan; The Millions; Electric Literature; Vanity Fair; the Advocate; Harper’s Bazaar; Kirkus Reviews; Lambda Literary; and other publications. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Foglifter, Epiphany, Crazyhorse, the Florida Review, the Chattahoochee Review, the Millions, Apogee Journal, Kenyon Review Online, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. He lives in Washington, DC. 

Guest Poetry Editor: Mihee Kim (she/her) is a writer, visual artist, and cultural organizer. She works intuitively across disciplines and traditions, foraying between writing, multi-modal collage, painting, and craft forms. Her writing has been nominated for Best of the Net, a Pushcart Prize, and her manuscript Nomenclature was named a finalist for the Bergman Prize. Nomenclature is forthcoming from Kelsey Street Press in the Fall of 2022. She earned a BA from UC Berkeley and an MFA at California College of the Arts, where she was awarded the Leslie Scalapino Award. Mihee is also managing director of Kearny Street Workshop, a longstanding arts nonprofit for Asian Pacific Americans. She creates on Chochenyo Ohlone land, also known as beloved Oakland, California.
Guest Hybrid and Nonfiction Editor: Tauheed Zaman (he/him) is a Bengali-American writer and physician who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. His prose appears in Salon and Foglifter Press. His science writing has been published in several medical journals including the Journal of Addiction Medicine and Substance Abuse Journal. When not writing, you can find him kayaking the Pacific coast or singing with the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus.These writers have contributed incredible works to our journal, and we cannot wait for their vision to shape our next issue. For full bios of our guest editors, please visit this website

SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN! Send your incredible work to our gorgeous editors by May 1st!


We’re so excited to welcome new members to our staff and announce a reorganization of our leadership. Learn more about our growing team below!Foglifter is thrilled to have Charlie Neer (they/them) as our new Accessibility Coordinator! Charlie is a nonbinary queer writer from the Bay Area. Their work is featured or forthcoming in “Show Me Your Papers” by Main Street RagThe Swamp Literary Magazine, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, and more. Charlie Will continue to serve as our Assistant Poetry Editor in addition to this new role.

We are overjoyed to announce that Michal “MJ” Jones (they/him) is now our Editor-in-Chief! MJ is a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet & parent in Oakland, CA. Their poems have appeared in Anomaly, Kissing Dynamite, TriQuarterly Review, & wildness. Often addressing the troubling and haunting aspects of life, violence, and identity, MJ’s work blends the lyrical, documentary, and confessional modes. They have received fellowships from Hurston/Wright Foundation, VONA/Voices, & Kearny Street Workshop. They received their MFA in Creative Writing—Poetry from Mills College, where they received the distinguished Community Engagement Fellowship. They founded & currently facilitate Litany!, a monthly workshop for a cohort of Black queer poets. Their debut poetry collection HOOD VACATIONS is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press in 2023, and they are hard at work on their second collection! Learn more at

We’re excited to welcome Judah Greenberg as our new Community Assistant! Judah is a queer Jewish writer and a 2021 graduate of Kenyon College. They are the 2021 winner of the Muriel C. Bradbrook Prize in prose. Judah is passionate about queer theory, Hamlet, and villains with tragic backstories (examples include but are not limited to Star Wars’ Kylo Ren, My Hero Academia’s Dabi, and The Monster from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein). They have recently uprooted from their hometown in Maryland and now reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 
For full bios of our new staff, please visit this website

Apply to be a part of Foglifter now!

Foglifter is happy to announce our new board members! We are thrilled to be led by such a fantastic group of queer leaders. This Board will be part of our new leadership and help our staff create the most inviting, celebratory space for queer and trans writers and artists. Stay tuned for more updates to our beautiful Foglifter team!Thank you to Natalia Vigil, Arisa White, Ruben Quesada, Matthew Clark Davison, Dr. Alicia Mountain, and William Johnson for joining the team!To access their full bios, please click here!MILO TODD’S NOVEL WRITING WORKSHOP!

There’s still time to apply for Milo Todd’s writing workshop!

Application deadline is March 28th

After 2.5 years of planning, it’s finally arrived! The Novel Immersive for LGBTQ+ Writers is a virtual, all-queer workshop and craft lecture program. For LGBTQ+ writers, a lack of queer-focused guidance, support, and community in writing workshops can stifle or even stall progress for novels. Taking place remotely over nine months, the Novel Immersive for LGBTQ+ Writers is a program uniquely designed to fill this void and help queer writers complete or make significant progress towards completing a draft of their novel in a supportive community. LGBTQ+ writers will leave this immersive with a finished and/or more polished draft, a trajectory for getting published (including support for applying to higher-level GrubStreet programs, such as the Novel Incubator), and a supportive queer writing community that they can hold onto long after the program is over.Apply here!LUIZA GURLEY’S CHAPBOOK WORKSHOP!

Learn how to craft your chapbook project with Luiza Flynn-Goodlett!Do you have an idea that’s too unwieldy, strange, or diffuse for a single poem? A story to tell in verse? Or a voice you can’t shake? Enter the chapbook project—a place to explore and expand, and ultimately, travel outside your comfort zone to thrilling results.In this workshop, students will initiate a chapbook-length series of narrative poems, emerging from the process with a solid foundation on which to build their chapbook project.
Register here!


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Issues 6.1 is now available for purchase! 
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Have a lovely start to your spring!  We hope to see your submissions soon.

New Resource: Libguide on LGBTQ Writers and Artists in Special Collections


Hornbake Library’s Literature and Rare Books collectioncontains many excellent works by LGBTQ writers and artists.  If you would like to learn more about works by LGBTQ people in Literature and Rare Books but aren’t sure where to start, we have the solution.  Exploring Hornbake’s holdings from LGBTQ writers is easier than ever with our new subject guide, LGBTQ Writers and Artists in Special Collections!

More info here:

Anathema Magazine

Have you heard about this website yet? A friend shared it with me yesterday as another resource for us:

They write;

At Anathema we’re interested in giving that exceptional work a home. Specifically the exceptional work of queer people of colour (POC)/Indigenous/Aboriginal creators. As practicing editors we’re keenly aware of the structural and institutional racism that makes it hard for the work of marginalized writers to find a home.

So Anathema: Spec from the Margins is a free, online tri-annual magazine publishing speculative fiction (SF/F/H, the weird, slipstream, surrealism, fabulism, and more) by queer people of colour on every range of the LGBTQIA spectrum.

Worth submitting to. See the last issue online for a sense of all they publish. Good luck!

The Art and Practice of Queer Storytelling

A 6-week studio workshop with the Constellation, a place for writers

By the end of the course, students will enjoy, evaluate, and practice the craft of writing queer narratives within a variety of genres. This course is open to queer writers/poets and our allies, in short, anyone who would like to immerse themselves in creating authentic queer characters. 

There’s a growing openness to other gender roles and identities for example but how do you write about such characters? There’s so much more to it than simply changing pronouns. This is important work, to make space and the stories of those of us on the edges.

Writers and Poets we’ll look at include:

Gloria Anzaldua, Richard Blanco, Jericho Brown, Ivan Coyote, Cooper Lee Bombardier, Donika Kelly, David Levithan, Carmen Maria Machado, Corrinne Manning, Eileen Myles, Ruben Quesada, Hasanthika Sirisena, Jeanette Winterson, Lidia Yuknavitch, and others. 

With a conversation about queer culture as well as writing craft, we’ll dive into generative work from gender-queer perspectives. After talking about social expectations, roles, emotional reactions, physicality, mainstream media and yes, pronouns, we’ll free write together. We’ll all bring in and share prompts from videos, headlines, photos, music, poems, short stories, and flash fiction. With a freedom of experimentation, economy, wit, your work will offer a sense of place, mood, scene and atmosphere in under three pages. These pieces are often less narrative and more evocative. They give us, the readers, a slice or quality of life, a moment of discovery, or a flash of illumination. They are complete and when you finish, the last line stains and lingers.

Writers will leave with a good sense of characterision and at least 3-5 new short works created over the six weeks of conversation and practice. 

Generate fresh queer stories. 

Create non-conforming gender characters. 

Focus on the craft of writing beyond the coming out/transition focus. 

Process: Read/Evaluate/Practice

  • First few weeks, we will focus on character building questionaire to build out authentic gender-queer/ queer narrators
  • Revise characters with a queering touch, how can we say it without saying it? 
  • Write short stories with each of our new protagonists
  • Evaluate gender markers including point of view, setting, concerns, attributes, languages, and character 
  • Co-create a reading list of contemporary, published queer narratives across a range of genres
  • Engage in Conversations about writing from within a queer persective
  • Consider terms and the changing social landscape re gender/queer identities
  • Create stories that move beyond coming out/transitioning. 
  • Role of Validation, bullying, presentation, representation, publication 
  • Expectations: Students show up for each other as they read their work aloud and get feedback from each other, collaborative and positive 
  • Revision Process: Using the premise that each writer asks questions of cohort before reading own work and we help them reach those goals with suggestions and opportunities to develop

Over 6 weeks = three new short stories (300 to 1500 words) and/or write new material as a basis for longer work. 

Multi-Week Classes

Running for 6 consecutive weeks, this workshop-style course is for students interested in generating new work, or developing and revising their current projects while getting feedback from instructors and fellow students. For Queers and our allies. Love us or leave us. 

Max: approx 12 participants

Location: Zoom
Type(s): Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Experimental, Flash, Gender, Gender Studies, Hybrid, Mixed Genre, Sexuality.

BIO: Sarah (sleam) Leamy is a doctoral researcher at the University of Birmingham (UK) with a focus on Androgynous Narratives and the representation of gender ambiguity in contemporary western literature. She is the author of When No One’s Looking (Eloquent Press), Lucky Shot (SBG), Lucky Find (Blue Mesa Books) and Van Life. Other work is (or soon to be) in Los Angeles Review, Finishing Line Press, Hunger Mountain, Santa Fe Project Quarterly, Devil’s Party Press, Dune Review, and Best Emerging Poets of NM amongst others. She has just finished working on a new hybrid memoir, Stay, with Lidia Yuknavitch. Finishing Line Press is publishing a gender-queer chapbook, Hidden, in Spring 2021. G’Dog, short stories collection, is under contract for publishing in 2022. Sarah presents at various colleges and conferences on writing from a gender-queer perspective. She is passionate about sharing the importance, craft, validation and conversation about representing outsider experiences through storytelling.

Ten Indigenous Two-spirit Authors/Poets

Updated April 2021

Gwen Benaway “Holy Wild”

Chrystos “Not Vanishing”

Qwo-Li Driskell “Asegi Stories”

Jewelle Gomez “The Gilda Stories”

Daneil Heath Justice (co-edited the Sovereign Erotics collection) “The Way of Thorn and Thunder”

Tomson Highway “Kiss of the Fur Queen”

Maurice Kenny “Celebrations of a Mohawk Writer”

Deborah Miranda “Bad Indians”

She also edited a collection, Soveriegn Erotics

Sharron Proulx-Turner “she walks for days inside a thousand eyes”

Storme Webber “Blues Divine”

Queer POC Poets & Writers


Gloria Anzaldua “Borderlands”

Richard Blanco “Looking for the Gulf Motel”

Jericho Brown “The Tradition”

Frannie Choy “Soft Science”

Nikky Finney “Head Off and Split”

Roxanne Gay “Difficult Women”

Saeed Jones “Prelude to Bruise”

Donika Kelly “Bestiary”

Rickey Laurentiis “Boy with Thorn”

Audre Lorde “Zami”

Carmen Maria Machado “Her Body and Other Parties”

Lee Mokobe Spoken Word/Ted Talk

Tommy Pico “Junk”

Ruben Quesada “Revelations”

Gregory Scofield “Thunder Through My Veins”

Hasanthika Sirisena “The Other One”

Danez Smith “Don’t Call us Dead”

Craig Womack “Drowning in Fire”

Alok Vaid-Menon “Beyond the Gender Binary”

Non-Binary AUTHORS and their Protagonists

More books to look up by non-binary authors or featuring ungendered narrators.

AMROU AL-KADHIUnicorn: Memoir of a Muslim Drag Queen, details disastrous coming out stories, being inspired by the fluidity of marine aquatic life when exploring their nonbinary gender, discovering the transformative power of drag, and much more. Amrou Al-Kadhi is a British-Iraqi Muslim drag queen.

Ryka Aoki, Why Dust Shall Never Settle Upon This Soul. This is the first collection of poetry published by trans and Japanese American poet Ryka Aoki. The poems contained here are certainly working intentionally with her heritage and identity, but she has also been careful to make sure that her works appeal to a broader audience, as well.

Iain M. Banks. The Culture (series). A fascinating collection of books that consider anarchism, post-scarcity, and gender, among many other things. In particular, gendered language in the Culture series is linked to the relative entrenchment of patriarchal structures within a given community.

Djuna Barnes. Nightwood. Although not as transparently non-gendered as some of the other novels on this list, I would argue that Barnes’ Nightwood aggressively complicates gender representation, often through modernist experimentation, thereby changing what was possible concerning gender in the novel.

ALYSSA BRUGMAN, ALEX AS WELL. Another novel featuring an intersex protagonist, this story focuses on AMAB Alex, who decides to start presenting feminine, which presents logistical complications when she enrolls in a new school. This brings up issues many trans/gender-nonconforming youth face as they simply try to exist in society. The importance placed on gender markers when it comes to birth certificates, licenses, etc. becomes a fight for rights that others take for granted. It also deals with Alex’s parents, who do not support her decision to present female, and the tension this brings into the family.

Amy Rose Capetta, The Brilliant Death. While the book does investigate issues of gender presentation and identity through Teo’s gendered disguise, it’s her gender fluid traveling companion Cielo who is the non-binary trans character. Cielo is a fascinating character, and a strega (magic wielder) like Teo. Cielo and Teo fall in love on their journey, but will their love survive the sinister secrets of their country that they discover?

Katrina Marie Carrasco, The Best Bad Things. “A period novel about a female detective who goes undercover (occasionally as a man), to infiltrate a smuggling ring, and navigates shifting allegiances once on the inside.”

Sarah Caudwell, Thus Was Adonis Murdered, is the first title in a four-book series about detective Hilary Tamar. Nowhere in any of the books is Tamar’s gender revealed, leaving readers to envision the protagonist however they like. Some view the detective as male and others as female, but everyone agrees these clever, humorous titles are worth the read.

Nino Cipri, Homesick: Stories. These surreal and often haunting tales explore human nature, inclusive of neurodiverse, queer, transgender and nonbinary selves.

Michael Cart, Editor, HOW BEAUTIFUL THE ORDINARY: TWELVE STORIES OF IDENTITY. This anthology features stories by some incredible writers like David Levithan, Jennifer Finny Boylan, Emma Donoghue, Francesca Lia Block, and Gregory Maguire, all of which explore elements of queerness and gender identity.

Akwaeke Emezi, Freshwater, is an Igbo and Tamil nonbinary trans writer. Their debut novel  tells of a protagonist occupied by ogbanje spirits. In startling beautiful prose, the novel explores and breaks down many false binaries including body/spirit, male/female, sane/insane, religious/non-religious.

Matt Doyle, “Dear Sis. Science Fiction. In Roar Volume 9: Resist anthology, short story, genderfluid character.

Eugenides, Middlesex addresses immigration, culture, and family, but primarily explores Cal’s discovery of their gender identity and their coming of age. Cal (or Callie) is raised as female but later assumes a male identity and presentation, and also has sexual encounters with multiple genders.

Claire Rudy Foster, Shine of the Ever: Short Stories. A literary mixtape of queer and trans voices out of 1990s Portland.

Alex Gino, George, not only does it center of the story of a child dealing with gender identity, but it is written for children as well, with the intention of helping them to understand gender presentation at a young age. The story’s protagonist is AMAB and struggles with being seen as her true self, Melissa. This book was definitely a spark for a wave of books geared towards young readers, and helps young people struggling with gender to feel seen and valid.

M-E GIRARD, GIRL MANS UP. Pen has always presented more masculine but faces more criticism as she grows older, both from her parents and from peers. The novel explores gender expectations and performance, and the emotional toll these expectations can take on someone who doesn’t fit in a specific box. It’s a story about not compromising oneself, and about knowing who you are even when others want you to be otherwise.


Calvin Gimpelevich, Invasions. “The fifteen stories in this debut fiction collection from author Calvin Gimpelevich move in the borderlands between realism and surrealism, investigating gender, class, relationships, and the powers we still hold within spaces of powerlessness.”

I.W. GREGORIO, NONE OF THE ABOVE. Homecoming queen Kristin discovers she has androgen insensitivity syndrome, an intersex condition, after a painful attempt at having sex.  Of course, Krissy’s social life changes significantly once her condition becomes known, something familiar to lots of queer/gender-nonconforming kids, but this allows her to make new friends and discover who she really is. It is a hopeful story that is an exploration of gender and the body, and the important distinction that sex and gender presentation are two very different concepts that don’t always correlate the way society expects them to.

Fu Kim, For Today I am a Boy. “Peter, the only boy among four siblings born to Chinese immigrants, is convinced he is a girl and must fight the confines of a small town as well as the expectations of his parents to forge his own path into adulthood.”

Tadzio Koelb, Trenton Makes. Hardbitten factory worker Abe Kunstler has always been known as a man’s man, ever since she killed her abusive husband and stepped into his shoes. 


Gene Kemp, The Turbulant Term of Tyke Tyler. This fun children’s book features the rambunctious Tyke Tiler, a friendly 12-year-old whose gender remains a mystery until the end of the novel. The reveal of Tyke’s gender — or perhaps sex — forces readers to reconsider their assumptions about children’s activities and proscribed gender attributes.

Laura Lam. Pantomime. Shadowplay. Lam’s debut novel, Pantomime, published in 2013. It is a young adult novel telling the story of an intersex character, Micah Grey, who has run away from home to become a circus aerialist. YA, fantasy, intersex and Bi MC, circus, steampunk, struggle w/ dual identity.

ANNA-MARIE MCLEMORE, WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS. With McLemore’s trademark lush and fantastical prose, this novel explores gender with magical realism and carefully researched cultural markers. One of the main characters, Sam, is trans, and struggles with the expectations that he will assume a feminine identity once he comes of age, after being raised as a boy as part of bacha posh, a Pakinstani & Afghan practice in which families without a son will raise the eldest daughter as masculine until they are of marrying age. 

China Miéville, Embassytown. Firmly in the mode of The Left Hand of Darkness,  Embassytown continues its author’s exploration of the relation between gender and power. Narrated by the ungendered Avice, this novel looks at a society that seems to have transcended patriarchy.

Alex Myers, Continental Divide. Harvard graduate Ron Bancroft heads out west to work at a dude ranch in order to cement his newly emerging manhood.

Kiran Oliver, Daybreak RisingThe explicitly non-binary character isn’t the main but is still a big part and most of the main characters are queer one way or another.

John Scalzi, Lock In, set 25 years after Haden’s syndrome — a disease that permanently and completely paralyzes one percent of those who contract it — spreads across the globe, and follows FBI Agent Chris Shane, sent to investigate a murder at the Watergate Hotel. Shane is a Haden’s patient whose gender is kept secret throughout the novel, which — like several others on this list — is written in the first person.

Vivek Shraya, She of the Mountains. Multimedia artist Shrayas playful debut novel mixes the story of a young, gay Indian-Canadian man in Edmonton with Hindu mythology.

Jaye Simpson, It Was Never Going to Be Okay is a collection of poetry and prose exploring the intimacies of understanding intergenerational trauma, Indigeneity and queerness, while addressing urban Indigenous diaspora and breaking down the limitations of sexual understanding as a trans woman.

Danez Smith, Homie. The poems collected here thematically encircle the search for friendship and intimacy in a racialized and gendered world, where those things always seem so incredibly difficult to achieve for those who experience life at the intersections of various systems of oppression. Specifically inspired by Smith’s loss of a close friend, there is a lot of anger and loss captured in this writing.

Rae Spoon, First Spring Grass Fire. Penned by non-binary writer and musician Rae Spoon, it follows a similarly non-binary kid growing up in the 1980s and 90s in Calgary. The narrative is told in short stories as the protagonist Rae deals with issues like their dad’s schizophrenia and abuse, attending Pentecostal Billy Graham rallies, finding solace in making music, a budding crush on a girl, and more.

Xemiyulu Manibusan Tapepechul (Nawat), My Woman Card Is anti-Native & Other Two-Spirit Truths. This is a beautiful collection of poetry in a variety of forms (haiku, sonnet, and free-verse) from Xemiyulu Manibusan Tapepechul, a Two-Spirit, trans womxn Siwayul artist and activist from Kuskatan (El Salvador). 

Sarah Waters, Tipping the Velvet. The protagonist, Nan, performs drag with her lover, and even creates a masculine self off stage. It’s a commentary on gender, performance, characteristics, and society.

Patrick White,The Twyborn Affair. The Nobel winner Patrick White here tells the story of one soul that inhabits three different bodies — one male, the other two female — in the years before and after World War I.

Jia Qing Wilson-Yang, Small Beauty. In this acute and moving novel, the death of her cousin sends Mei into an interrogation of her own warring identities and heritage as a mixed-race trans person of Chinese descent.


Kathleen Winter, Annabel. Winter’s award-winning 2010 novel about an intersex child (called both “Wayne” and “Annabel”) is a widely praised representation of the interiority of a gender-fluid youth.

Virginia Woolf, Orlando. One of the classics of queer literature, Virginia Woolf’s Orlando stands singular amongst its peers as a novel centering on gender and identity. For Woolf, for whom gender was a constriction both in terms of her career and her romantic life, Orlando seems an exploration of a world in which the binary is infinitely more flexible, a future in which gender boundaries are broken. With a protagonist who changes sex mid-novel and explores relationships with partners of both genders, and even includes a singular they pronoun, Orlando is one of the most important novels we have about gender.

Dov Zeller, The Right Thing to Do At the Time. Imagine all the wit and confusion of Pride and Prejudice transported to New York, through a Jewish genderqueer lens. 


With thanks to so many resources for these lists. I compile what I can from all over the net. ,,


Barnes, Djuna, and T. S. Eliot. Nightwood. New Directions, New York, 1961.

Bechdel, Alison. Are You My Mother? : A Comic Drama. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston, 2012.

—. Fun Home : A Family Tragicomic. Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 2006.

Bombardier, Cooper L. The Fevered Road, Portland State University, [Portland, Or.]. WorldCat.org, doi:10.15760/etd.2017.

—. Thriftstore Troubadour. Published by High-Octane/Town Pump Press, Santa Fe, NM, 2003. WorldCat.org

Bunker, Lisa. Zenobia July. Viking, New York, 2019. WorldCat.org

Charles, Jos 1. Feeld. Milkweed Editions, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2019. WorldCat.org

Chee, Alexander. How to Write . 

Chow, Yiu F., Yiu F. Chow, and International Poetry Nights in Hong Kong (2017 : Hong Kong, China). Androgyny. Project Muse; Chinese University Press, Baltimore, Maryland; Hong Kong [China], 2017. WorldCat.org

Corfman, S. B. Luxury, Blue Lace. Autumn House Press, Pittsburgh, PA, 2019. WorldCat.org

Coyote, Ivan. One in Every Crowd : Stories. Arsenal Pulp Press, Vancouver, BC, 2012. WorldCat.org

—. The Slow Fix. Arsenal Pulp Press, New York, 2009. WorldCat.org

Das, Indra. The Devourers. Del Rey, New York, 2017. WorldCat.org

Eugenides, Jeffrey. Middlesex. Farrar, Straus, Giroux, New York, 2002.

Gay, Roxane. An Untamed State. Black Cat, New York, NY, 2014.

Gore, Ariel. We were Witches : A Novel. Feminist Press, New York City, 2017.

Kureishi, Hanif. Something to Tell You : A Novel. Scribner, New York, 2008.

LAWLOR, ANDREA. Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl. PICADOR, [S.l.], 2020. WorldCat.org

Le Guin, Ursula (., and Miéville, China (1972- . . . ). The Left Hand of Darkness. Gollancz, London, 2017. WorldCat.org

Léger, Tom, and Riley MacLeod. The Collection. Topside Press, New York, 2012. WorldCat.org

Machado, Carmen M., and Carmen M. Machado. Her Body and Other Parties : Stories. Graywolf Press, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2017.

Marzano-Lesnevich, Alexandria. The Fact of a Body : A Murder and a Memoir. Flatiron Books, [Place of publication not identified], 2018. WorldCat.org

Mehta, Rahul. Quarantine : Stories. HarperCollins e-Books, [Place of publication not identified], 2014. WorldCat.org

Muir, Tamsyn,. Harrow the Ninth. the Locked Tomb (2). Tom Doherty Associates, New York, NY, 2020. WorldCat.org

Myles, Eileen. Chelsea Girls. Black Sparrow Press, Santa Rosa, CA, 1994.

Myles, Eileen. For Now. Yale University Press, New Haven, 2020. WorldCat.org

—. I must be Living Twice : New & Selected Poems, 1975-2014. Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, New York, NY, 2015.

Newitz, Annalee 1. Four Lost Cities : A Secret History of the Urban Age. W. W. Norton & Company, New York, NY, 2021. WorldCat.org

Russo, Meredith. Birthday. Flatiron Books, New York, 2020. WorldCat.org

Solomon, Rivers. An Unkindness of Ghosts. AKASHIC BOOKS, 2020. WorldCat.org

Tea, Michelle. How to Grow Up : A Memoir. Plume, New York, 2015.

Vuong, Ocean 1. On Earth we’Re Briefly Gorgeous : A Novel. Penguin Press, New York, 2019. WorldCat.org

Winterson, Jeanette 1. Frankissstein : A Love Story. Vintage Canada, Toronto, 2020. WorldCat.org

Winterson, Jeanette. Gut Symmetries. A.A. Knopf, New York, 1997.

—. Oranges are Not the Only Fruit. Atlantic Monthly Press, New York, N.Y., 1987.

—. The Passion. Atlantic Monthly Press, New York, 1988.

—. Sexing the Cherry. Atlantic Monthly Press, New York, 1990.

—. Why be Happy when You could be Normal? Grove Press, New York, 2011.

—. Written on the Body. Vintage Books, New York, 1994.

Woolf, Virginia. Monday Or Tuesday and Other Short Stories. Floating Press, [Auckland, N.Z.], 2010.

—. Orlando; a Biography. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, New York, 1973.

YANAGIHARA, HANYA. Little Life. PICADOR, [S.l.], 2020. WorldCat.org


An ongoing list of the work I’m discovering and reading in order to better understand how both the binary of gender and non-conforming genders are represented in contemporary literature. My focus has been on the West but would love to add more global authors and poets.

Bibliography: Creative Works 

Barnes, Djuna, and T. S. Eliot. Nightwood. New Directions, New York, 1961.

Beach, Jensen. Swallowed by the Cold : Stories. Graywolf Press, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2016

Bombardier, Cooper L. Pass with Care : Memoirs. Dottir Press, New York, NY, 2020

Butler, Robert O. A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain : Stories. H. Holt, New York, 1992.

Carver, Raymond. Where I’m Calling from : New and Selected Stories. Atlantic Monthly Press, New York, 1988.

Coyote, Ivan. One in Every Crowd : Stories. Arsenal Pulp Press, Vancouver, BC, 2012

—. Tomboy Survival Guide. Arsenal Pulp Press, Vancouver, British Columbia, 2018.

Coyote, Ivan, and Zena Sharman. Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme. Arsenal Pulp Press, Vancouver, 2012

Levithan, David.  Every Day. Random House Teen, New York. 2012.

Driskill, Qwo-Li. Asegi Stories; Cherokee Queer and Two-Spirit Memory. University of Arizona Press, 2016

Eugenides, Jeffrey. Middlesex. Farrar, Straus, Giroux, New York, 2002.

Gay, Roxane. An Untamed State. Black Cat, New York, NY, 2014.

Girard, M.E. Girl Mans Up. HarperTeen, New York, 2016.

Kincaid, Jamaica. Annie John. Farrar, Straus, Giroux, New York, 1985.

Léger, Tom, and Riley MacLeod. The Collection. Topside Press, New York, 2012

MacCarthy, Cormac. No Country for Old Men. Vintage Books, New York, 2005.

Machado, Carmen M.. Her Body and Other Parties : Stories. Graywolf Press, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2017a

Manning, Corinne. We had no Rules : Stories. Arsenal Pulp Press, Vancouver, 2020a

Myles, Eileen. For Now. Yale University Press, New Haven, 2020

—. I must be Living Twice : New & Selected Poems, 1975-2014. Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, New York, NY, 2015.

Nelson, Maggie. The Argonauts. Graywolf Press, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2015

Olson, Alix. Word Warriors : 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution. Seal Press, Emeryville, CA, 2007.

Saunders, George 1. In Persuasion Nation : Stories. Riverhead Books, New York, 2007

Saunders, George 1., and Chelsea Cardinal. Fox 8 : A Story. Random House, New York, 2018.

Sindu, S. J. Marriage of a Thousand Lies. Soho Press, New York, 2018.

Smith, Ali 1. Artful. Penguin Books, [New York], 2014

Taylor, Sara. The Lauras : A Novel. Hogarth, London ;, 2017

Tea, Michelle. Sister Spit : Writing, Rants and Reminiscence from the Road. City Lights, San Francisco, CA, 2012

Tea, Michelle. How to Grow Up : A Memoir. Plume, New York, 2015.

Winterson, Jeanette. Why be Happy when You could be Normal? Grove Press, New York, 2011.

—. Written on the Body. Vintage Books, New York, 1994.

Yuknavitch, Lidia. VERGE : Stories. RIVERHEAD BOOKS, [S.l.], 2021

Creative Works – a suggested reading list

Coyote, Ivan. One in Every Crowd : Stories.[1]  Perfect example of essays. Coyote is one to really dive into, mostly he writes essays as stories. His earlier work is online, performances etc and what I like is how that early body of work is simply being and not explaining.

Bombardier, Cooper Lee. Pass with Care. [2]Great book on process of coming into self as creative  and trans. A keeper. (I have a copy.) Come back to for a deep dive. Worth looking at his earlier work to see if that also explained his relationship to gender or was more the stories/poems of the life itself. 

Leger, Tom. The Collection.[3] Short fiction from Transgender authors. The first story by Imogen Binnie struck me, liked it. Most of the others didn’t resonate. I’ll have another look this weekend to note which ones would be good to address in the project. Sent back to VCFA library. I doubt I’ll refer to it. Although, Imogen has since published a novel called Nevada. I might reach out to her. 

Coyote, Ivan and Sherman, Zena. Persistence[4]Great book, loved it, mostly on the queer side but to be honest most of us genderqueers are exactly that! A keeper. Good quotes to use here. 

Myles, Eileen. For Now. [6] Long drawn out sentences, stream of consciousness, playing with form, grammar, claining her thoughts on writing, process, connection. Beautiful book. Great for quotes on creative process and life in 2020. 

Sindu SJ: A Marriage of a Thousand LiesRemember to come back to this. Tomboy Sri-lankan narrator, mixing between traditions, family, love for another Sri-Lankan woman, fake marriage, appearances, choices. 

Manning, Corinne: We had no rules: stories (May 2020)[7] Yes. See notes. Professor M is the one story that fits the best. 

Sara Taylor. The Lauras. Yes. See notes. Great fit. 

Coyote, Ivan. Tomboy Survival Guide. Yes. Stories and memoirs. 

Nelson, Maggie. The Argonauts.[8] Yes. Memoir. 

Kincaid Jamaica, Annie-John. No but almost? Tomboy in theory but I didn’t get it. 

Carver, SaraOne Story. (Beestung online gq journal). Okay, not really usable though.  

Baggott, JuliannaEuclydis. (Short story on Sci-fi.

Lidia Yuknavitch –Verge. Mechanics, a good short story. 

David LevithanThe Lovers Dictionary

Ali Smith

Feinberg, LeslieTransgender Warriors (1996)

Others not yet read or researched, but suggested as relevant.

Some Other Metal By: Cory McCarthy and AR Capetta

Vanishing monuments (May 2020) By: Stintzi, John Elizabeth

Paul takes the form of a mortal girl (Nov 2017) By: Lawlor, Andrea

Golden boy (May 2013) By: Tarttelin, Abigail

Shine of the ever (Nov 2019) By: Foster, Claire Rudy

Fern road (Oct 2019) By: Dasgupta, Angshu

For today I am a boy (Jan 2014) By: Fu, Kim

The Iliac crest (Oct 2017) By: Rivera Garza, Cristina

Nico & Tucker (May 2017) By: Gold, Rachel

The thirty names of night (May 2020) By: Joukhadar, Zeynab

Outline, by Cusk, Rachel


Hidden, By: Sarah Leamy

Lucky Shot, By: Sarah Leamy (all of her novels have gender queer narrators)

[1] Coyote, Ivan. One in Every Crowd : Stories. Arsenal Pulp Press, Vancouver, BC, 2012

[2] Bombardier, Cooper Lee. Pass with Care : Memoirs. Dottir Press, 2020. 

[3] Léger Tom, and Riley MacLeod, editors. The Collection. Topside Press, 2012. 

[4]Coyote, Ivan; Sharman, Zena. Persistence : all ways butch and femme. Vancouver : Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012

[5] Metcalfe, Anna. Blind water pass : [and other stories]. London : JM Originals, 2016

[6] Myles, Eileen. For Now. Yale University Press, 2020

[7] Manning, Corinne.  We had no rules : stories. Vancouver : Arsenal Pulp Press, [2020]

[8] Nelson, Maggie. The Argonauts. Graywolf Press, 2015.