Chicago, magical realism, and tales of Black girlhood make up Eve Ewing's debut collection of poetry. This book also has many hybrid elements, including artwork, essays, and handwritten poems.
This is fierce and fun trans fiction, about running away from home, finding community, and trans women supporting each other.
This anthology about queer experiences of sexual violence is so necessary and long overdue. It builds off of the work of "The Revolution Starts at Home" and is a collection of personal essays. A tough but important read.
Nate Marshall is one of Chicago's best poets. This book is a long love song to the city, especially to the South Side.
This anthology calls for a radical future. It critiques the focus of mainstream gay and lesbian politics on marriage equality, military inclusion, and hate crimes legislation.
Angela Davis is one of my favoritwe feminist thinkiners and theorists of all time. In this collection, she connects Black Lives Matter movement to Palestine and more.
She of the Mountains is a gorgeous work of short fiction that mixes gender, religion, and sexuality in an innovative writing style. Bonus: the text is complemented by striking illustrations done by the cover artist.
Eli Clare is well-known for writing about the intersections between disability and queerness. Exile and Pride is essential for anyone interested in those two topics and charts Eli's experiences growing up in a rural environment as a white, queer, disabled, trans and working class person.
This is a groundbreaking book about the relationship between trans people, the prison industrial complex, and how state violence permeates our every day lives. Contributors include CeCe McDonald, Reina Gossett, Chelsea Manning, Dean Spade, and other trans activists and academics.
Joshua Jennifer Espinoza is one of my favorite trans poets writing today. Blunt, sarcastic, sad & queer, sometimes surreal--she imagines a future where she belongs.
This collection of short stories rightfully won the Lambda Literary Award for transgender fiction. Casey Plett talks about her changing relationships to friends, family, sex and more as a young trans woman moving between Brooklyn, Canada, bars, bedrooms, and everywhere in between.