where the writers are

gender identity | gender identity

weston-ochse's picture
Jun.27.2011
A young man headlines at Leather Kitty in West Hollywood. He’s on top of the world, discovering more about himself day by day. But on the eve of his greatest success, he is kidnapped, thrown in the trunk of a car and taken to a house somewhere along the California Coast. He’s become the...
g-winston-james's picture
Apr.30.2009
In Spirited: Affirming the Soul and Black Gay/Lesbian Identity, more than 40 writers address the question of how we, as same-gender-loving black people, affirm ourselves as sexual and spiritual people. These sacred narratives are a canon for our survival—holy texts proclaiming the divinity of our...
g-winston-james's picture
Apr.30.2009
G. Winston James' stories examine the individual, familial, and societal complexities of desire.  Candidly rendered, they unabashedly consider the formation of personal and sexual identity in a world in which the carnal is highly policed, variously dangerous and all too often denied. Shaming the...
mary-akers's picture
Dec.12.2008
Bucking preconceived notions of how women should behave, the protagonists in WOMEN UP ON BLOCKS seek to reconcile the price they’ve paid for allowing the roles of wife, mother, daughter, and lover to define them.  But nature abhors a vacuum; in pursuing escape from the restrictive roles of modern...
heather-s-derr-smith's picture
Dec.09.2008
"Although Heather Smith's astonishing first book is located, mostly, in the conflagration of human meaning that was Bonia in the 1990's, it's a collection that, in an unforgettable way, examines the terrifying bitterness and danger of contemporary life, when There are flashes of light strobing...