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INCITE

We've been the booksellers at the amazing local queer reading series INCITE since its inception. Here are both the upcoming readers, as well as past readers at the event, held at Literary Arts in Portland.

What happens when adult men come out? What triumphs and struggles do they experience? The stories in this collection explore the impact of exposing long-held secrets. Filled with tales about divorce, conversion therapy, misadventures in dating, overcoming bigotry, and gender exploration, Fashionably ... Read More about
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Jennifer Perrine
Current price: $19.20
Poetry. Asian & Asian American Studies. LGBTQIA Studies. AGAIN riffs on common words--tremendous, terrific, disaster, wall, ban--that have been overused and misused in recent years, made to carry the weight of disturbing connotations. In poems that speak through both a collective voice and a sin ... Read More about
Vinnie Kinsella
Current price: $9.59
In this succinct book, publications consultant Vinnie Kinsella tells you what you should know before starting your self-publishing journey. With tips ranging from the practical to the personal, A Little Bit of Advice for Self-Publishers helps you make informed decisions at each stage of the publishi ... Read More about
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Whether exploring the porous borders between sin and virtue or examining the lives of saints and mystics to find the human experiences in stories of the divine, the poems in No Confession, No Mass move toward restoration and reunion. Jennifer Perrine’s poems ask what healing might be possible in the ... Read More about
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Dean Backus
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"Written in fresh, snappy prose, the book includes multiple twists and turns....Funny and LGBTQ+ affirming, Darts and Flowers is a story about teenagers who are desperate to be loved, validated, and part of a community." (5 of 5 stars ) - Foreword Reviews When Josh Bradshaw returns to his childhood ... Read More about
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Karelia Stetz-Waters
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Fans of Abby Jimenez and Meryl Wilsner will fall in love with this hilarious and refreshingly authentic novel about second chances, pugs, and finding the perfect muse . . . Business consultant Rose Josten might not have officially reached “pug lady” middle age, but she’s already got the pugs—along ... Read More about
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Karelia Stetz-Waters
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For fans of Casey McQuiston and Abby Jimenez comes a bold, hilarious, and out-of-the-box novel about mixing business with battery-operated pleasure . . . When it comes to her career, Cade Elgin has it all figured out. Only “professional talk” has become her default mode, relationships are nonexisten ... Read More about
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Callum Angus
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A Natural History of Transition is a collection of short stories that disrupts the notion that trans people can only have one transformation. Like the landscape studied over eons, change does not have an expiration date for these trans characters, who grow as tall as buildings, turn into mountains, ... Read More about
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Kate Gray
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Kate Gray takes an unblinking look at bullying in her debut novel, Carry the Sky. It's 1983 at an elite Delaware boarding school. Taylor Alta, the new rowing coach, arrives reeling from the death of the woman she loved. Physics teacher Jack Song, the only Asian American on campus, struggles with his ... Read More about
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As featured in People magazine: One LGBTQ family’s inspiring, heartfelt story of the many alternative paths that lead to a loving family, with lessons for every parent   Trystan and Biff had been dating for just a year when the couple learned that Biff’s niece and nephew were about to be removed fro ... Read More about
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Emme Lund
Current price: $17.00
Longlisted for The Center for Fiction 2022 First Novel Prize A “poignantly rendered and illuminating” (The Washington Post) coming-of-age story about “the ways in which family, grief, love, queerness, and vulnerability all intersect” (Kristen Arnett, New York Times bestselling author). Perfect for f ... Read More about
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Kate Gray
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Kate Gray's For Every Girl is a love song to and celebration of the girl, the queer, the survivor in all of us. Here we find not only testimony to the resiliency of girls, but an invitation to delight in the pure pleasure of their joy. Step into these poems, and you step into a communion that will l ... Read More about
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Kate Carroll De Gutes
Current price: $17.94
The winner of the 2016 Oregon Book Award for creative nonfiction and the Lambda Literary Award for memoir, these essays chronicle some of life's biggest dramas: marriage, divorce, and the quest for the perfect fashion accessory. On the surface, Kate Carroll de Gutes' debut collection of essays consi ... Read More about
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In 2012, Kate Carroll de Gutes found herself at a rest stop "ruined with anxiety. And when I say ruined, I mean in a car, in hundred-degree weather, with all the windows rolled up, sobbing and crouched in the passenger's seat rocking and waiting for the Ativan to take effect. I posted on Facebook, ' ... Read More about
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Neil Cochrane
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A queer, deconstructed version of the "Beauty and the Beast" fairy taleTrans sailor Darragh Thorn has made a comfortable life for himself among people who love and accept him. Ten years after his exile from home, though, his sister asks him to reconcile with their ailing father. Determined to resolv ... Read More about
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Joanna Hoffman
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"THE VIOLENT SWIRL AND JOY OF LIFE'S INCESSANT MOSH PIT"- This is how Rachel McKibbens describes Joanna Hoffman's poetry, and her debut collection, RUNNING FOR TRAP DOORS, lives up to the description. In these poems, Hoffman navigates family dynamics, lesbian bars, religion, emoticons, and inner dem ... Read More about
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In 1936, a man was caught in a blizzard on Australia's Bogong High Plains. Found unconscious by a search party, he was taken to the nearest township where an old aborigine woman made the cryptic comment, "They brought back only his body." He died soon after. In the decades since, there have been rep ... Read More about
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Wendy Wagner
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Wendy Wagner
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"Deer saints, darkness and the strangeness of family ties; Wagner effortlessly mixes football and folk horror in this terrifying new novel." -Angela Slatter, award-winning author of The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings In 1989, Gary Sheldon and his friends created their own saint. In 2018, t ... Read More about
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Audrey Coulthurst
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An atmospheric and romantic debut fantasy perfect for fans of Ash and The Winner’s Curse. Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from ot ... Read More about
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Sophia Anfinn Tonnessen
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Sophia Anfinn Tonnessen's debut collection, noteworthy for its experimental forms, long poems and intentional repetitions, explores the intersections of gender, identity, and memory across time. Tonnessen is transgender, and her work captures the intense undeniability of an emerging self searching f ... Read More about
Amber Flame
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In her debut poetry collection, Ordinary Cruelty, Amber Flame spells out rituals in everyday decisions to hold on or let go. While questioning the role of elder, mentor, mother in the face of losing those figures, Flame details the unrelenting nature of parenthood through the cycles of grief. Her po ... Read More about
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Kosoko Jackson
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"Shine[s] with a beautiful, blooming sense of wonder.”—New York Times Book Review A 2023 LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD WINNER! One of...Entertainment Weekly's 10 Best LGBTQ+ Romance Novels of the Last Five Years Essence's New Books We Can’t Wait To Read In 2022 Oprah Daily’s Most Anticipated Romance Novels ... Read More about
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Kosoko Jackson
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One of PopSugar's Best New YA Novels of 2021 A Buzzfeed Top LGBTQ+ YA Book A Lambda Literary YA Book to Add to Your TBR Pile A Goodreads Pride Month Pick An epic, heartfelt romance about a boy torn between two loves, one in his present … and one in the past. A story of Black queer history, love, lo ... Read More about
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Stacy Brewster
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What We Pick Up is the gripping debut story collection from Portland author and screenwriter Stacy Brewster, recipient of the 2019 Literary Arts Fellowship in Drama. In these eleven, tightly-wound stories, Brewster turns clich's of boyhood and manhood on their heads, revealing the trappings and fail ... Read More about
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Claire Rudy Foster
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By turns tender and punk-tough, Shine of the Ever is a literary mixtape of queer voices out of 1990s Portland. This collection of short stories explores what binds a community of queer and trans people as they negotiate love, screwing up and learning to forgive themselves for being young and sometim ... Read More about
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Claire Rudy Foster
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I've Never Done This Before is a vivid, gritty collection of short stories that investigate the effects of addiction on a diverse cast of characters. From a woman grappling with the end of her marriage to her porn addicted husband, to a retired Hell's Angel, to a heroin addicted escort getting a sec ... Read More about
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Gillian P. Herbert
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"These linked stories trace a lesbian's progress through the slowly changing face of homophobia in our lifetimes. From illegal lives filled with potential violence to the superficial equality that masks lingering prejudice, Gillian Herbert speaks bravely and honestly about one of the great issues of ... Read More about
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In this poetic memoir, Nastashia Minto strips herself of who she used to be and gives readers permission to see her naked. Exploring topics of family, faith, race, sexuality, abuse, love, and identity, Minto's words dig up rootbound emotions in need of better soil. This collection welcomes difficult ... Read More about
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Wayne Gregory
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Born and raised in the evangelical Christian South of the sixties and seventies, Wayne Gregory hid his homosexuality from others and from himself for years until he was finally forced out in middle age. This story chronicles the beginnings of his struggle as an adolescent, his budding sexuality and ... Read More about
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Megan Alpert
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Poetry. Jewish Studies. LGBTQIA Studies. The narrators in THE ANIMAL AT YOUR SIDE scavenge for clues, trying to stitch together a life in the midst of unrootedness. Finding bones, talismans, and half-heard voices that portal back to both personal and collective history, the speakers are haunted by d ... Read More about
David J. S. Pickering
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Poetry. LGBTQIA Studies. JESUS COMES TO ME AS JUDY GARLAND explores themes of sexual orientation, spirituality, family, and aging, often using smart humor and sharp observation. These poems are much like the old Cadillacs that Pickering clearly loves, big and powerful and roomy, and they are full of ... Read More about
Michelle Ruiz Keil
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Inspired by the Greek myth of Iphigenia and the Grimm fairy tale "Brother and Sister," Michelle Ruiz Keil's second novel follows two siblings torn apart and struggling to find each other in early '90s Portland. All her life, seventeen-year-old Iph has protected her sensitive younger brot ... Read More about
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Michelle Ruiz Keil
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Michelle Ruiz Keil’s YA fantasy debut about love, found family, and healing is an ode to post-punk San Francisco through the eyes of a Mexican-American girl. Seventeen-year-old Xochi is alone in San Francisco, running from her painful past: the mother who abandoned her, the man who betrayed her. ... Read More about
Emily Moon
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"In the first poem of this collection, Emily Moon shows us Weldon Kees at his typewriter, making art 'for a future that looks/as empty and bleak/as the present'-thereby flashing Kees out of the mid-twentieth century into our time. Here are the haze of cigarette smoke, the taste of whiskey, jazz on t ... Read More about
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Karelia Stetz-Waters
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How do you choose between your life . . . and your heart? In this too-small, dusty town, brand-new district attorney Kristen Brock knows she'll never fit in. Still, the job will look great on her resume---if she can just keep her head down and play by the rules. Because in a town run by a self-ser ... Read More about
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Dolores Maggiore
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For Pina, summer 1959 started off a boring drag, just like every other summer with her folks at Owl Lake Lodge in Maine. The only good thing was seeing Katie and hanging out with her in the creepy cabins of the old boys' camp. But this summer, Katie seemed different, cuter. Pina didn't have a clue w ... Read More about
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Sarah A. Chavez
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Sarah Mirk
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"It’s fun, sexy, and inclusive." - BookRiot.com  A heartfelt, positive, and erotic look at one woman's adventure in love and sex, as a new generation learns to make their own rules and follow their own hearts aboard an orbiting space station.  Rigo is a young woman of her time: specifically, the tim ... Read More about
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Jeff Stookey
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Acquaintance, Book 1 of the trilogy Medicine for the Blues As a young surgeon, Carl Holman experienced the horrors of World War I and the loss of his lover, a fellow officer. Back home after the war, he befriends a young jazz musician who he hopes will become his life companion. But this is Oregon: ... Read More about
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Qwo-Li Driskill
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Written from a contemporary Cherokee, Queer and mixed-race experience, these poems confront a legacy of land-theft, genocide, and forced removal, and resist ongoing attacks on both Indigenous and Gay/ Lesbian/ Bisexual /Transgender communities. Tender, startling, confrontational and erotic, this boo ... Read More about
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Anel I. Flores
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The voices in Empanada's kitchen will definitely not be shy Each probadita is told from the bustling space of the kitchen and heavily spiced with hurt and yearning, lust, desire, passion and bliss. Each bite of Empanada will take you on a journey through the heart of Paloma, a young lesbiana learni ... Read More about
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Hannah Larrabee
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Poetry. Hannah Larrabee's WONDER TISSUE immerses us in intricacy and intimacy, from a frozen mummy to the jostling at the junction of rail car bones. In a notable range of poems we are bidden to Hieronymus Bosch haunting the eco-migrations of trees. To imaginary conceits of the poet's car when she's ... Read More about
In May 1968 first-year English teacher Carolyn Wood takes a day off from school to campaign for Robert F. Kennedy. Invigorated by the senator's hopeful message, Wood develops big dreams to effect change beyond just her classroom. So when she's invited to be the family's governess, the appeal is unde ... Read More about
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Amy Schutzer
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Helen is dying. Helen is choosing to die. Over the course of one day in 1985, those who surround her—among them her daughter, an art thief, a high-strung housewife and crochet artist, a lesbian poet, and a pregnant Vietnamese pot-bellied pig—grapple with her impending end. In nine revolving points o ... Read More about
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Andrew L. Huerta
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What does it mean to be a gay man in America today? This diverse collection of stories chronicling the challenges of gay life at various ages shines a light on the progress made and the progress still to come as family expectations, cultural norms, and religious practices continue to influence gay s ... Read More about
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Emily Pittman Newberry
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Butterfly A Rose is Emily's attempt to bring to life what she has difficulty finding words for; her life in transition from hiding behind the male person she was told to be at birth to living as the transgendered woman she is full time. The words came out as they are in this book because poetry at i ... Read More about
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Tammy Lynne Stoner
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Sugar Land is the southern story of Nana Dara, a prison cook at the Imperial State Prison Farm for men in 1923, who-with the help of the blues singer Lead Belly-discovers how to break out of her own physical and emotional prison to become the feisty, lesbian matriarch to a family of Texas misfits. ... Read More about
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J. C. Mehta
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Bad Indian explores what it means to be Native American today through a series of raw, twisting poems imbued with a density of hope only survivors can realize. J.C. Mehta details the adversity of mixed ancestry, of what it means to be called a "Pretendian" by fellow Natives, and what a lifetime of b ... Read More about
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Judith Barrington
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Since Writing the Memoir came out in early 1997 it has sold roughly 80,000 copies and is consistently praised as the best book on memoir out there. It is thought-provoking, explanatory, and practical: each chapter ends with writing exercises. It covers everything from questions of truth and ethics t ... Read More about
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Stephanie Adams-Santos
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A coming-of-age memoir of a young swimmer's triumphs and heartbreaks on the path to winning Olympic gold at age 14. Some 50 years later, author Carolyn Wood embarks on a solo pilgrimage to walk the 500 miles of the Camino de Santiago in an attempt to reclaim her "inner tough girl" as she reflects on ... Read More about
Risa Denenberg
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"The beauty of faith isn't so much about paradise as it is the absence before, the gap we must leap in order to land. In her meditative and profound book slight faith, Risa Denenberg plants her feet before the divide, wrestles with the angels of loss and doubt. 'There is nothing, ' Denenberg writes, ... Read More about
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Risa Denenberg
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Risa Denenberg's Whirlwind @ Lesbos is a collection chronicling one life echoed in many lives, real and imagined: girlhood loves, activism, friendships ravaged by AIDS, a lover lost to suicide, a son lost to a custody battle, the body getting old, the heart congesting. Women's voices speak across ti ... Read More about
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Sam Roxas-Chua
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Poetry. Collection of translucent, often narrative poems that float on the page and roll downstream, tumble ashore, look about, understand a bit, hop back onto the page. An old soul comes of age, in time and space these poems occur in the real place of dreams, where they yearn, and exhale. Pulitzer ... Read More about
Sam Roxas-Chua
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Ana-Maurine Lara
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Sum of Parts is the story of Kira and Lola - two women torn apart by infidelity and loss. When Kira finds out Lola has cheated on her, she is distraught. Everything they have built together falls apart. Lola, in turn, cannot live with the guilt provoked by her actions. Her best friend, a stud by the ... Read More about
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Barrie Jean Borich
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A memoir from the award-winning author of My Lesbian Husband, Barrie Jean Borich’s Body Geographic turns personal history into an inspired reflection on the points where place and person intersect, where running away meets running toward, and where dislocation means finding oneself.  One coordinate ... Read More about
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Barrie Jean Borich
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From award-winning author Barrie Jean Borich comes Apocalypse, Darling, a narrative, lyric exploration of the clash between old and new. Set in the steel mill regions of Chicago and in Northwest Indiana, the story centers on Borich’s return to a decimated landscape for a misbegotten wedding in which ... Read More about
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Cooper Lee Bombardier
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2021 FIRECRACKER AWARD FINALIST FEATURED IN PUBLISHERS WEEKLY's STILL HERE, STILL QUEER: LBGTQ BOOKS 2020 FEATURED IN BOOK RIOT'S INDIE PRESS ROUND-UP: 10 GREAT NEW RELEASES FOR SUMMER Pass with Care is a testament to trans resilience, queer joy, and the power of finding freedom and adventure within ... Read More about
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Ching-In Chen
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The Revolution Starts at Home is as urgently needed today as when it was first published. This watershed collection breaks the dangerous silence surrounding the "secret" of intimate violence within social justice circles. Just as importantly, it provides practical strategies for dealing with abuse a ... Read More about
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Penny Guisinger
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"Postcards from Here" is a capturing of a community, a harsh and beautiful place, a family, and the internal experience of its author in the form of micro-essays. The book takes on the realities of rural New England life, the moments and details that stitch a community together, the politics of bein ... Read More about
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Rosamond S. King
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2022 HOUSATONIC BOOK AWARDS FINALIST 2022 LAMBDA LITERARY AWARDS FINALIST 2021 BIG OTHER BOOK AWARD FOR POETRY FINALIST A new collection of poems by Lambda Award winner, Rosamond S. King, conceptualizing state violence, racism, and the persistence of black desire, resistance, and joy All the Ra ... Read More about
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David Oates
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DAVID OATES senses the importance of ordinary things that others might miss in their rush through life: the glint of a nose diamond, sunscreen-flavored grapes, pink fuzz in a lint screen, the abundant drool of a first French kiss . . . . The mood in this delightful collection ranges from tender nost ... Read More about