A Reading List for Pride Month 2024

For Pride Month, observed annually during the month of June, we asked the many independent literary presses and magazines that make up our membership to share with us some of the literature by authors identifying as LGBTQ+ that they recommend reading in celebration.


Novels & Short Fiction Collections


Indian Winter by Kazim Ali

Coach House Books | 2024

In this novel, “a queer writer traveling through India can’t escape the regrets of his past, nor the impending ruin of his present.”




Sister Golden Calf by Colleen Burner

Split/Lip Press | 2023

According to Alexis Smith, the sisters in this novel “face questions of longing and belonging, of how to care for each other and themselves, and of what artifacts to carry as they carry on.”




Cover of Bad Seed by Gabriel Carle, featuring an illustration of a urinal in pink and purple.Bad Seed by Gabriel Carle

Translated from the Spanish by Heather Houde

Feminist Press | 2024

The stories in this debut collection depict “the disillusionment that comes with being young and queer in Puerto Rico.”




How You Were Born by Kate Cayley

Book*hug Press | 2024

This tenth-anniversary edition of How You Were Born, featuring three new stories, explores “the importance of connections, even when missed or mislaid, and the possibility of redemption.”




Bone House by K-Ming Chang

Bull City Press | 2021

This fiction chapbook is “a queer Taiwanese-American micro-retelling of Wuthering Heights, a love story and a ghost story simultaneously.”




Hidden Path by Elena Fortún

Translated from the Spanish by Jeffrey Zamostny

Swan Isle Press | 2021

Set in early twentieth-century Spain, Hidden Path is “a lyrical coming-of-age novel told from the perspective of a woman painter who struggles to find her way with art and with the women she loved.”




The Words That Remain by Stênio Gardel

Translated from the Portuguese by Bruna Dantas Lobato

New Vessel Press | 2023

According to Patrick Nathan, Gardel’s National Book Award–winning novel “reminds its readers of an uncomfortable truth: that even a life of regret can be a beautiful one.”




I’m Not Hungry But I Could Eat by Christopher Gonzalez

Santa Fe Writers Project | 2021

According to Ruth Joffre, this short fiction collection “captures all the messy joys and crackling anxieties of modern queer life, inviting readers to join its Puerto Rican characters on journeys punctuated by desire, shame, and grace.”




True Ash by Elizabeth J. Colen and Carol Guess

Black Lawrence Press | 2018

These interlocked short stories “detail the spectrum of human loss and describe the rise and fall of a fictitious Seattle company governed by unruly appetites, a world of glass windows where privacy comes with a price.”




Berlin Garden of Erotic Delights by Granand

Translated from the German by Michael Gillespie

Warbler Press | 2022

Set in 1920s Berlin, “these charming, witty, and erotic tales capture the trials and triumphs of early twentieth-century gay life without apology or shame.”




Beautiful Dreamers by Minrose Gwin

Hub City Press | 2024

Gwin’s novel is one “of innocence and betrayal, love and intolerance, and the care and honesty we owe the families we choose.”




God’s Children Are Little Broken Things by Arinze Ifeakandu

A Public Space Books | 2023

In these nine stories about queer love in contemporary Nigeria, Ifeakandu “explores with tenderness and grace the fundamental question of the heart: can deep love and hope be sustained in spite of the dominant expectations of society, and great adversity.”




American Gospel by Miah Jeffra

Black Lawrence Press | 2023

According to Shobha Rao, this novel “is the story of Baltimore, and of how the places we call home are both our sorrow and our salvation.”




Call Me Esteban by Lejla Kalamujić

Translated from the Bosnian by Jennifer Zoble

Sandorf Passage | 2021

This novel “depicts pre- and post-war Sarajevo by charting a daughter coping with losing her mother, but discovering herself.”




Cover of The Default World by Naomi Kanakia, featuring a person looking down with neon green eyelashes and neon speckles on their face.The Default World by Naomi Kanakia

Feminist Press | 2024

Kanakia’s novel “skewers privileged leftist millennial tech culture and asks whether ‘found family’ is just another of the twenty-first century’s broken promises.”




Disobedience by Daniel Sarah Karasik

Book*hug Press | 2024

Disobedience is “a remarkable work of queer and trans speculative fiction that imagines how alternative forms of connection and power can refuse the violent institutions that engulf us.”




Finding Duende by Federico García Lorca

Translated from the Spanish by Christopher Maurer

Swan Isle Press | 2024

This new translation of Lorca’s lecture on duende “provides a path into Lorca’s poetics and the arts of Spain.”




The Secret That Is Not a Secret: Ten Heretical Tales by Jay Michaelson

Ayin Press | 2023

This novel is “a provocative collection of interconnected tales, bridging the worlds of mysticism and heresy, faith and desire.”




A Knit of Identity by Chris Motto

Regal House Publishing | 2022

In this novel, “Danny is left struggling to find her identity in a world that doesn’t want her. That is until she stumbles into a hole-in-the-wall bar in a small South Carolina town.”




The Complicated Calculus (and Cows) of Carl Paulsen by Gary Eldon Peter

Regal House Publishing | 2022

This YA novel “follows fifteen-year-old Carl as he confronts his crush on Andy Olnan, a handsome and confident but secretive ‘city boy’ recently transplanted to farm life from Minneapolis.”




Yr Dead by Sam Sax

McSweeney’s | 2024

This debut novel “is a queer, Jewish, diasporic coming of age story that questions how our historical memory shapes our political and emotional present.”




flesh to bone by ire’ne lara silva

Aunt Lute Books | 2013

The stories in this debut collection “take on the force of myth, old and new, giving voice to those who experience the disruption and violence of the borderlands.”




Pearl of the Sea by Anthony Silverston and Raffaella Delle Donne

Catalyst Press | 2023

Illustrated by Willem Samuel, this YA novel “is a South African adventure story exploring how we are both bound to and freed by nature, seen through the eyes of a tough teen-aged heroine determined to live life by her own rules.”




Two Moons by Krystal A. Smith

BLF Press | 2018

According to Jewelle Gomez, in these stories Smith “writes of shape shifters, magical herbalists, and women ripe for love.”





Pacifique by Sarah L. Taggart

Coach House Books | 2022

According to Deborah Willis, Taggart “illuminates the dark corners of delusion (or is it delusion?) and a mental-health system that consigns people to endless limbo.”




Nonfiction Books


Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, Fifth Edition by Gloria Anzaldúa

Aunt Lute Books | 2022

The essays and poems in this volume—originally published in 1987—“profoundly challenged, and continue to challenge, how we think about identity.”




The Girl in the Yellow Pantsuit: Essays on Politics, History, and Culture by Becca Balint

Green Writers Press | 2022

This essay collection features Balint’s “clear-eyed perspectives on subjects as wide-ranging as American politics, global affairs, education policy, and parenthood.”





My Love Is a Beast: Confessions by Alexander Cheves

Unbound Edition Press | 2021

In this debut memoir, one of America’s leading sex columnists “tells intimate stories of what he sees as the sacred grace of pleasure as he embraces his life as a sex writer, worker, and activist.”




Bernie’s Mitten Maker by Jen Ellis

Green Writers Press | 2023

This memoir is “a raw and honest account of the joy, stress, and shock of sudden internet fame.”




Cover of Faltas: Letters to Everyone in My Hometown Who Isn't My Rapist by Cecilia Gentili, featuring half a red flower on a black background.Faltas: Letters to Everyone in My Hometown Who Isn’t My Rapist by Cecilia Gentili

LittlePuss Press | 2023

This book is “a rich and moving epistolary memoir about transgender childhood, sexual trauma, motherhood, and a young queer life in 1970s Argentina.”




Sinister Wisdom, The Highest Apple: Sappho and the Lesbian Poetic Tradition featuring a plain green cover with the title and author in pink, purple, red, and blue colors with an apple silhouette.The Highest Apple: Sappho and the Lesbian Poetic Tradition by Judy Grahn

Sinister Wisdom | 2023

A reprint of Judy Grahn’s 1985 classic, featuring a foreword by Alyse Knorr, an afterword by Alicia Mountain, and six responses by Donika Kelly, Kim Shuck, Serena Chopra, Zoe Tuck, Saretta Morgan, and Khadijah Queen.




Carrion by Wes Jamison

Red Hen Press | 2024

This essay collection “sees mythical ravens murmur alongside the actual bone and viscera of crows, starlings, and pigeons in disarming explorations of desire and destruction, the body and creation.”




Cover of Splice of Life: A Memoir in 13 Film Genres by Charles Jensen, featuring yellow text on a blue background with the O in "Of" partially filled in with a section of red film.Splice of Life: A Memoir in 13 Film Genres by Charles Jensen

Santa Fe Writers Project | 2024

This memoir follows Jensen “from his upbringing and struggles with sexual awareness in rural Wisconsin to his sexual liberation in college and, finally, to the complex relationships and bizarre coincidences of adulthood.”




My Own Dear Darling Boy: The Letters of Oscar Wilde to Lord Alfred Douglas

Warbler Press | 2021

This edition of surviving letters that Wilde wrote to Douglas, alongside introductory essays and a letter from Douglas, “is a testament to the enduring power and radical force of love.”




We Both Laughed in Pleasure: The Selected Diaries of Lou Sullivan by Lou Sullivan

Nightboat Books | 2019

Edited by Ellis Martin and Zach Ozma, these selected diaries narrate “the inner life of a gay trans man moving through the shifting social, political, and medical mores of the second half of the 20th century.”




Otherwise: Essays by Julie Marie Wade featuring a photograph of different colored motel doors.Otherwise by Julie Marie Wade

Autumn House Press | 2023

In these braided essays, Wade “invites readers on a journey of self-discovery framed by memory, literature, and popular culture.”




Daddy Boy by Emerson Whitney

McSweeney’s | 2023

Daddy Boy follows Whitney “as they pack into a van with a rag-tag group of storm chasers and drive up and down tornado alley—from Texas to North Dakota.”




Poetry Collections


Saltwater Demands a Psalm by Kweku Abimbola

Graywolf Press | 2023

Abimbola’s poems “groove, remix, and recenter African language and spiritual practice to rejoice in liberation’s struggles and triumphs.”




let the dead in by Saida Agostini

Alan Squire Publishing | 2022

Agostini’s debut poetry collection “is an exploration of the mythologies that seek to subjugate Black bodies, and the counter-stories that reject such subjugation.”




throttlebody by Lisa Alexander

Get Fresh Books Publishing | 2024

This poems in this debut collection “operate like the mechanism that gives the collection its name—they navigate the tension of an idling engine and the wildness of a wide-open throttle.”




An Empty Pot’s Darkness by José Angel Araguz

Airlie Press | 2019

This poetry collection “takes readers through a series of poetic sequences that engage with ideas of life, love, death, and friendship.”




Deer Black Out by Ulrich Jesse K. Baer

Red Hen Press | 2024

Deer Black Out is “a(n obsessional re) mediation of violence and trauma through the trans/coalescence of identities surfacing and resurfacing within a manuscript of serialized poetry.”




Plain Sight by David Bergman

Passager Books | 2023

In his latest collection, Bergman “offers up poems about aging parents, love, chronic illness, and friendship.”





Meta-Verse!: It’s going to be interesting to see how yesterday goes by Joann Renee Boswell

Fernwood Press | 2023

Illustrated by Joey Hartmann-Dow and Jay Williams, this poetry collection is “a coloring, pick-your-own poem, space-time romp exploring pandemic, parenting, politics, personal, past.”




Red by Melanie Braverman

Perugia Press | 2002

Winner of the Publishing Triangle Audre Lorde Poetry Prize, Braverman’s poetry collection “is unselfconsciously about the search for love and security in the face of grief and within the queer community.”




The Wishbone Dress by Cassandra J. Bruner

Bull City Press | 2020

According to Paisley Rekdal, the poems in this chapbook “deliberately disrupt our conventional notions of identity and sexuality by blurring the lines between male and female, human and animal, the mythic and the real.”




Fling Diction by Frances Cannon

Green Writers Press | 2024

The poems in this collection, says Major Jackson, “name the luxuriant grounds by which a self, curious to touch creation, defines itself. Such vulnerability is the hallmark of living.”




Listen to the Golden Boomerang Return by CAConrad

Wave Books | 2024

In this collection, CAConrad “writes from an ecopoetics that is generous and galvanizing, reminding us of how our present attentions collectively shape a future humanity.”




Portraits as Animal by Victoriano Cárdenas

Bloomsday Literary | 2023

In this collection—a finalist for the 2024 Lambda Literary Award in Transgender Poetry—”Cárdenas writes through his transition, acknowledging that ‘to become a man means a lifetime of needles like the man who raised me.'”




Tanto Tanto by Marina Carreira

CavanKerry Press | 2022

This poetry collection “highlights two queer daughters of immigrants and the struggles they face in a romantic relationship in the presence of oppressive, culturally sanctioned heteronormativity.”




Last Psalm at Sea Level by Meg Day

Barrow Street Press | 2014

According to D. A. Powell, “The vivid impermanence of the body is like kindling catching, a source of fire for Meg Day, a poet whose fearless heart is tethered to the world.”




Thresh & Hold by Marlanda Dekine

Hub City Press | 2022

This debut poetry collection explores the question, “What does it mean to be a Gullah-Geechee descendant from a rural place where a third of the nation’s founding wealth was harvested by trafficked West and Central Africans?”




white noir by Robert Fleming

Old Scratch Press | 2023

According to Crystal Heidel, this poetry collection is “a raw and curious visual journey through human history.”




It’s This by Laura Foley

Fernwood Press | 2023

Foley’s poetry collection “contemplates relationships, identity, love, loss, and radical transformation, finding acceptance, joy, and growing peace, as the speaker practices meditation, and falls more deeply in love with her wife.”




Salt Body Shimmer by Aricka Foreman

YesYes Books | 2020

The poems in this debut collection “coax and trouble form, traversing the landscape of trauma and survival with a deft musicality of time, family, and slippery memory.”




Spellbook for the Sabbath Queen by Elisheva Fox

Belle Point Press | 2023

“Part psalter, part Sapphic verse,” this debut collection “evokes the spirit of Emily Dickinson while calling the reader to prayer for a life fully lived.”




Live in Suspense by David Groff

Trio House Press | 2023

In these poems, Groff “writes about living between beginnings and endings, about always expecting the next mortal thing to happen.”




My Husband Would by Benjamin S. Grossberg

University of Tampa Press | 2020

My Husband Would “investigates love and family—both the families we are born into and those we create for ourselves.”




Sleep Tight Satellite: Stories by Carol Guess featuring a blue and white art print of a deer walking among thorny trees.Sleep Tight Satellite by Carol Guess

Tupelo Press | 2023

According to Randall Brown, in this short fiction collection, Guess “builds the most wondrous word-nests, each one holding something precious, each one surrounded by the world-at-large, afire.”




Coachella Elegy by Christian Gullette

Trio House Press | 2024

This debut poetry collection “explores the queer promised lands and poolside utopias of the American West even as they are threatened by environmental destruction.”




Boomhouse by Summer J. Hart

The 3rd Thing | 2023

In this poetry collection, Hart “navigates the twisting dynamics of a family that is both Native and settler.”




Cleave by Darla Himeles

Get Fresh Books Publishing | 2021

This collection offers “offers songs of survival, forgiveness, familial & lesbian love, & being ‘alive & determined to live all the way to the unfathomable depths / I once called abyss.’”



Cover of Song of My Softening featuring a topless Black woman in a gold skirt pictured from behind.Song of My Softening by Omotara James

Alice James Books | 2024

Song of My Softening “studies the ever-changing relationship with oneself, while also investigating the relationship that the world and nation has with Black queerness.”




WATCHNIGHT by Cyree Jarelle Johnson

Nightboat Books | 2024

This poetry collection follows “unnamed protagonist on a psychedelic quest across myriad forms, places, and times marked by climate crisis, exodus, and Black trans identity-making.”




Past/Present and Other Poems by Robert Kaplan

Poets of Queens | 2023

In this collection, Kaplan “uses detailed imagery to invite the reader into a slice of 1980s New York City: the urban landscape, the national politics, gay exuberance and loss, and, weaving throughout, the shadow of the AIDS epidemic.”




Cover of Feast of the Ass by Jahan Khajavi, featuring an abstract illustration of a person sitting in a long skirt.Feast of the Ass by Jahan Khajavi

Ugly Duckling Presse | 2023

“Drawing extensively on Iranian poetic traditions and the history of their reception in English translation,” Feast of the Ass “presents a series of verses that play in the fields of love poetry’s address.”




Mega-City Redux by Alyse Knorr

Switchback Books | 2016

In this poetry collection, Knorr imagines “a walled city where women could live safe from sexism, misogyny, and gendered violence… with the help of 21st-century feminist heroes.”




Ascent of the Mothers by Noelle Kocot

Wave Books | 2023

Kocot’s ninth collection is “a sagacious testament to the ways in which poetry can shape personhood.”




Cover of The Curve of Things by Kathy Kremins, featuring an abstract illustration of black, pink, and blue with lots of white slightly wavy lines running across it.The Curve of Things by Kathy Kremins

CavanKerry Press | 2024

These poems “celebrate queer love, map loss and liberation, and explore lovers’ scars and the knot of kinship that remains even when love fades.”




My Body: New and Selected Poems by Joan Larkin

Hanging Loose Press | 2007

According to David Ulin, this poetry collection contains poems “that stake out a territory of relentless self-examination, taking on love and death, family and sexuality in a voice that is unsentimental, ruthless and clear-eyed.”




Tropical Sacrifice by Lucas de Lima

Birds, LLC | 2022

According to John Keene, Tropical Sacrifice is “a queer poetic event of continuous lyric & narrative transformation.”




Drive-By Vigils by R. Zamora Linmark

Hanging Loose Press | 2011

According to Rigoberto González, the poems in this collection take “readers on a high-speed chase to the heart of ‘today’s madness,’ where Manila intersects with Hollywood.”




Down Low and Low Down: Timothy Liu’s Bedside Bottom-Feeder Blues by Timothy Liu

Barrow Street Press | 2023

The poems in Liu’s latest collection “are unruly, naughty, looking for trouble, not poems you’d want to recite at a traditional Thanksgiving table where proper etiquette rears its gagged head.”




Future Botanic by Christina Olivares

Get Fresh Books Publishing | 2023

According to Mahogany L. Browne, this collection is “a spectrum of girl bliss & gender, concrete gardens & blood conjure, and is a spiritually (re)evolutionary promise. The ‘botanical no-américa, inverse’ survives and revives us all.”




Born Backwards by Tanya Olson

YesYes Books | 2024

Olson’s third collection “reports from inside butch culture in the 1980s American South as it traces how geography, family, experiences, and popular culture shape one queer life.”




Two Minutes of Light by Nancy K. Pearson

Perugia Press | 2008

In this collection, “the foil to self-destruction is art itself—finding small beauty in unlikely places and transforming it into poetry.”




AUTHOR OF ALL ILL by charlie perseus

fifth wheel press | 2023

This poetry collection is “both an ode to and an elegy for the author’s own falling.”





Jesus Comes to Me as Judy Garland by David J. S. Pickering

Airlie Press | 2021

Jesus Comes to Me as Judy Garland “explores themes of sexual orientation, spirituality, family, and aging, often using smart humor and sharp observation.”




Swansdown by Donald Platt

Grid Books | 2022

In this poetry collection, Platt “makes a study of life’s inevitable transitions, from love’s astonishing evolutions, to aging and its attendant losses.”




Edgemere by Steven Riel

Lily Poetry Review Books | 2021

According to Joy Ladin, Riel “traces the shimmering, fragile webs of love, experience, and culture that connect us to one another.”




while they sleep (under the bed is another country) by Roque Raquel Salas Rivera

Birds, LLC | 2019

“Written in dialogic fragments and intersped with prose poems reflecting on the lasting impact of colonial trauma,” this bilingual poetry collection “refuses to sweep up the shards of Hurricane María’s aftermath.”




Wind—Mountain—Oak: The Poems of Sappho

Translated from the Greek by Dan Beachy-Quick

Tupelo Press | 2023

Of his translation of Sappho’s surviving fragments, Beachy-Quick writes, “The hope, far-fetched as it might be, is to give a reader in English some semblance of how an ancient Greek listener might hear these songs.”




Here at Last Is Love by Dunstan Thompson

Slant Books | 2015

This volume collects work by “an American poet of great promise who burst onto the Anglo-American literary scene during World War II.”




Nest of Matches by Amie Whittemore

Autumn House Press | 2024

The poems in this collection “bask in the beauty of nature, queerness, and love while exploring how dichotomies form identity.”




I Am the Most Dangerous Thing by Candace Williams

Alice James Books | 2023

Over the course of these poems, “the Black, queer protagonist begins to erase violent structures and fill the white spaces with her hard-won wisdom and love.”




Plays & Hybrid Works


banana [ ] / we pilot the blood by Paul Hlava Ceballos and Quenton Baker featuring a brown textured cover with the title and author’s names surrounding the edges vertically and horizontally.banana [ ] / we pilot the blood by Paul Hlava Ceballos and Quenton Baker

The 3rd Thing | 2021

This book includes a “critical /creative commentary on empire and the poetics of reckoning by Christina Sharpe in dialogue with the poems and artist Torkwase Dyson’s ‘hypershapes.’”




bull-jean & dem/dey back by Sharon Bridgforth

53rd State Press | 2022

bull-jean & dem/dey back “collects two performance/novels centering Sharon Bridgforth’s southern-Black-butch-sheroe, bull-jean.”




Of the Eaten by Tobi Brun

The Word’s Faire | 2024

This “genre-bending” book of poetry and prose “follows the life cycle of every life, as the mysterious narrator is cursed to live out humanity, and slowly become it.”




Cover of A And B and Also Nothing by Chris Campanioni featuring the top half of the book in a gray color with the title surrounded by hot pink lines; the bottom half of the cover is blue with a white quote.A and B and Also Nothing by Chris Campanioni

Unbound Edition Press | 2021

In this cross-genre work, Campanioni “reads and recasts his own life through the works of Henry James and Gertrude Stein.”




Severed by Ignacio Lopez featuring overlapping and photographs and colors of a man in glasses.Severed by Ignacio Lopez

53rd State Press | 2020

Ignacio’s monologue “is at once a coming-of-age story, a horror story, and a highly theatrical experiment in radical empathy” and asks, “where do we draw the line between human and monster, severing, as we do so, the possibility of empathy, forgiveness, and understanding?”




Antiman: A Hybrid Memoir by Rajiv Mohabir

Restless Books | 2021

Mohabir’s memoir is “a portrait of an artist who comes into his own as a poet and as a queer brown man through the songs of his unlettered grandmother” that asks “how we can find survival and collective power by refusing silence.”




And/Or by Jenn Marie Nunes

Switchback Books | 2015

According to Dawn Lundy Martin, And/Or “interrogates the line between the erotic and the perverse, as any sex literature worth anything should.”




Joan of Arkansas by Milo Wippermann

Ugly Duckling Presse | 2023

Joan of Arkansas is “an election-season closet drama about climate catastrophe, divine gender expression, the instructions of angels, and heavenly revelation relayed via viral video.”






Lez Talk: A Collection of Lesbian Short Fiction

BLF Press | 2016

Edited by S. (Stephanie) Andrea Allen and Lauren Cherelle, this anthology is “a collection of short stories that embraces the fullness of Black lesbian experiences.”




Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy From Transgender Writers

LittlePuss Press | 2021

Originally published in 2017, this book is “a large, strange, and devastatingly touching anthology of science fiction and fantasy from transgender authors was released onto the world.”




Queer Nature: A Poetry Anthology

Autumn House Press | 2022

Edited by Michael Walsh, this anthology featuring more than 200 queer writers “amplifies and centers LGBTQIA+ voices and perspectives in a collection of contemporary nature poetry.”




Someplace Generous: An Inclusive Romance Anthology

Generous Press | 2024

Edited by Elaina Ellis and Amber Flame, this anthology “presents voices largely new to the genre of romance, each bringing a fresh take on what it means to tell a love story.”




We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics

Nightboat Books | 2020

In this poetry anthology edited by Andrea Abi-Karam and Kay Gabriel, intergenerational trans poets “imagine an altogether overturned world in poems that pursue the particular and multiple trans relationships to desire, embodiment, housing, sex, ecology, history, pop culture, and the working day.”




Literary Magazines


The Wellspringwords logo, featuring dark gray text on a lighter gray background.“Sexuality” by Dhayana Alejandrina

Wellspringwords | 2021

This poem begins, “She found me at a really young age. / Opening myself like a fragile book, / I welcomed her.”




Cover of The Hopkins Review Issue 16.3, featuring“Crosswalk Countdown” by Rahne Alexander

The Hopkins Review | 2023

This essay begins, “I missed my mother’s funeral. I had my reasons: I couldn’t afford a ticket and I didn’t want to deal with the judgmental homophobia of her church.”




Logo of Terrain.org featuring text in black with a purple dot and a purple and green flower above the text.“The Beginning” by Byron F. Aspaas

Terrain.org | 2024

This prose poem begins, “The first school I attended was an Indian boarding school. I remember the first day of kindergarten. I remember seeing my mom leave quickly when I ran towards her.”




The manywor(l)ds.place logo, featuring the text "manywor(l)ds" in blue on a white background.“I Turn Off My Phone For Self-Care But History Keeps Happening” by Evelyn Berry

manywor(l)ds | 2024

This piece begins, “While I’m logged off, a new hashtag: this time a transfemme, beaten to death.”




Another Chicago Magazine logo, featuring the text "another chicago magazine" and "ACM" in a white speech bubble on a green background.“Minnie Mouse Toy” by Willie Edward Taylor Carver Jr.

Another Chicago Magazine | 2023

This poem begins, ““Would you like a Hot Wheel or a Barbie, sir?” / The words float like ghosts in front of me / when I speak them, frozen by the winter air / whipping in through the drive-thru window.”




Logo of West Trestle Review featuring the black text in a circle around an illustration of a train.“Contingency Plan or Just in Case” by Celene Chen

West Trestle Review | 2022

This essay begins, “When we first moved into our apartment, I found myself repeatedly saying, ‘Oh, you know, just in case,’ to my girlfriend.”




“Fugue in DMZ/Frontera” by Franny Choi

Adi Magazine | 2023

This poem begins, “red crowned crane, and / my browser calls up / an image from a cage….”



Southern Humanities Review Volume 56, Issue 4 featuring abstract artwork in green, pink, and red colors of a figure hanging down a spiral staircase and reaching for a small house at the bottom.“Event Horizon” by Aliyah Cotton

Southern Humanities Review | 2024

This poem begins, “Sometimes I wake as a copperhead weaving night through the window. / They keep a BB gun in the kitchen for me, but I am not afraid….”




Logo of The Cincinnati Review featuring "The" and "Review" in black on gray and "Cincinnati" in white on a red square.“Take, Eat: For colored boys who stop inviting me to ‘fuck it up’ after my Milly Rock goes Vogue” by Marcus Donaldson

Cincinnati Review | 2023

This poem begins, “wrists’ stiff leaks / wrists limp loose in afterglow // my body might make itself / sculpture on the chant of three….”




Logo of Does It Have Pockets“My Mother’s Furniture” by Julie R. Enszer

Does It Have Pockets? | 2024

This essay begins, “Moving back to my childhood home with my wife, our two dogs and cat, was a fluke.”




Logo of Under the Sun in gray and red on black“Libera Me” by Judith Fetterley

Under the Sun | 2024

This essay begins, “I perfected the art of performing femininity quite early. By thirteen I knew to cross my legs at the ankle, not the knee.”




Logo of Full Stop: Reviews, Interviews, MarginaliaAn Interview with Isabel Pabán Freed

Full Stop | 2024

In this conversation with Katherine Packert Burke, Isabel Pabán Freed discusses “political novels, Trans Lit, and David Foster Wallace.”




Logo of Shō Poetry Journal“Meditation on Longing” by Cass Garison

Shō Poetry Journal | 2023

Garison reads the poem “Meditation on Longing” in this recording.




Cover of The Hopkins Review Issue 16.3, featuring“Walking While Trans; Or, 200 Years of the Stroll” by Jules Gill-Peterson

The Hopkins Review | 2023

This essay begins, “There’s a viral video that appears in my social media feed from time to time. Dislocated from its context by the scale of internet circulation, it looks like footage of a news crew setting up on location along a busy avenue somewhere in Brazil.”




Logo of Does It Have Pockets“Warrant Officers and Sergeant’s Mess or The Biggest Change I Ever Made Was” by Jody padumachitta Goch

Does It Have Pockets? | 2024

This poem begins, “For a three bit glass of beer from / a hundred dollar bill. // I struggled to make the correct change….”




SWWIM logo on a black ink splatter“Watering Day” by Mónica Gomery

SWWIM | 2022

This poem begins, “Jess brings all the plants into the bathroom. / Countertops glow neon jade, / the tub sprouts palm fingers, fiddlehead fig.”




The manywor(l)ds.place logo, featuring the text "manywor(l)ds" in blue on a white background.“Ziphius” by Robin Gow

manywor(l)ds | 2024

This poem begins, “Once, I drowned a bird / in the backyard / and it turned / into a whale.”




Logo of Full Stop: Reviews, Interviews, MarginaliaAn Interview with Sam Heaps

Full Stop | 2023

In this conversation with Rebecca van Laer, Sam Heaps discusses the epistolary memoir Proximity “and its lessons about the pain and power of writing.”




Logo of West Trestle Review featuring the black text in a circle around an illustration of a train.“Arrhythmia” by S. K. Hisega

West Trestle Review | 2023

This poem begins, “This happens in September of a year / when the garden just keeps going.”




Another Chicago Magazine logo, featuring the text "another chicago magazine" and "ACM" in a white speech bubble on a green background.“They Want To Run Us (Into Our Graves)” by E Kerr

Another Chicago Magazine | 2023

This poem begins, “Sometimes I wish I could take a bullet / to all the voices in my head. // In my head, all the voices shoot / bullets, and deaths become whispered syllables.”




“Unfinished Houses” by Ani King

SmokeLong Quarterly | 2023

This story begins, “I always fall in love with women who have never lived in unfinished houses.”




The Keepthings Logo featuring a porcelein kitten with floral headdress and collar.“The Find” by Matthew Lansburgh

The Keepthings | 2021

This piece begins, “When I was a boy, my father and I sometimes went to Cripple Creek, Colorado, to hunt for turquoise.”




“To Live Free” by Laila R. Makled

Adi Magazine | 2023

This essay begins, “On Trans Day of Visibility last year, I posted a photo of myself after top surgery, and commented on what it means to be trans.”




The Keepthings Logo featuring a porcelein kitten with floral headdress and collar.“The Cezve” by Emma Margraf

The Keepthings | 2023

This piece begins, “‘Is that the Turkish coffee maker I bought in Paris?’ I asked my mother, as if I were seeing it for the first time.”




Logo of The Hopper“Unclean: What Foraging Wild Fungi Taught Me About Impurity Culture” by Sophia Moss

The Hopper | 2024

This essay begins, “I smelled them before I saw them, a sprawling cluster of Pleurotus pulmonarius, pale oyster mushrooms erupting from a stump and filling the air with their gentle licorice scent.”




The Hudson Review logo, featuring white text on a dark blue background.“The Light at Dusk” by John Mulcare

The Hudson Review | 2023

This poem begins, “We were boys, my friend / and I, stripping down // beside the bed / in his parents’ guest room.”




Logo of Off Assignment featuring black text (off is italicized) on a white background.“To the Women I Watched Kiss” by Elisabeth Plumlee-Watson

Off Assignment | 2023

This essay begins, “Were you already walking around Paris together that Saturday afternoon as my train pulled into the Gare du Nord? Or were you locked away from the rain somewhere, lost in the vastness of loving each other?”




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Queer Indigenous Poetics

ANMLY | 2020

According to guest editor tanner menard, “In each their own way, the poems published in this folio haveunique medicine & subtle power. Together, they are a testament to the beauty of all Indigenous communities & they sing.”




Logo of The Hopper“Don’t Look at the Owls” by Audacia Ray

The Hopper | 2024

This story begins, “There are two things about feeding the owls that the ranger made sure Robin understood on day one: there’s a freezer full of dead rats and mice that she’d have to get very comfortable dealing with, and owls feel threatened by eye contact, especially in small spaces.”




Logo of Under the Sun in gray and red on black“The Trans Girl’s Guide to Grey’s Anatomy” by Erica Rivera

Under the Sun | 2024

This essay begins, “You’ll start watching Grey’s Anatomy because—four years into puberty, at 13—you’re already familiar with imminent death.”




SWWIM logo on a black ink splatter“Interior Vs. Exterior” by Sarah Sala

SWWIM | 2019

This poem begins, “At my worst, I control the / boundaries of my form, / and yet, when divine, the self / permeates the / physical world.”




“Ponytail” by Christopher Santantasio

SmokeLong Quarterly | 2023

This story begins, “You remember when Dad shaved his mustache. How thin his lips were.”




Logo of ANMLY with the text in black inside a twisted mobius shape colored in with multicolored patches, against a pale purple background.A Soft Reset: Queer Writers of Color on Video Games

ANMLY | 2023

Guest edited by Summer Farah, this folio features writing by Stephanie Dinsae, Nathanial Torres, Nancy Huang, Marlin M. Jenkins, Lyn Rafil, JS Wu, Harriette Chan, Gyasi Hall, and Felix Lecocq.




Logo of Off Assignment featuring black text (off is italicized) on a white background.“To Divine, from Grindr” by Ani Kayode Somtochukwu

Off Assignment | 2024

This essay begins, “You sat next to me on the sofa, and asked to take off my shirt when I told you it was wet from wandering in the rain.”




Logo of Terrain.org featuring text in black with a purple dot and a purple and green flower above the text.“Yes, and… Talking Wings, Queer Ecologies, and the Rights of Rivers” by Ana Maria Spagna

Terrain.org | 2024

This essay begins, “Earth Day fell on a sunny Saturday, the first truly warm day of spring in the North Country.”




“blood of the covenant // water of the womb” by Anoushka Swaminathan

Polyphony Lit | 2023

This poem begins, “i let their voices wash over me, / laying side by side on the side of 101 south….”





Sinister Wisdom | 2023

Issue 128 celebrates “writers and artists who trouble gender,” exploring questions like, “What perspectives do trans lives bring to the field of feminist thought and practice? What does it mean to hold a conversation about being trans? What does it mean to be a part of that conversation?”




“to being girls together” by Aarna Tyagi

Polyphony Lit | 2023

This poem begins, “you / with your pork-belly facing the butcher’s shop / guns ablaze / one hand on my shaven head….”




Logo of The Cincinnati Review featuring "The" and "Review" in black on gray and "Cincinnati" in white on a red square.“Stranger” by Chris Watkins

Cincinnati Review | 2024

This poem begins, “One morning I woke up to myself, blank-faced as the Shroud of Turin—a stranger. / Now, makeup in the mirror. That it’s beautiful or mine: can’t tell which is stranger.”