I am so proud that the tenderest smut I have ever penned (“Cocksure”) will be published in Take Me There: trans & genderqueer erotica. I am especially proud to share space with not only some of my favorite writers, but some of my favorite people: Toni Amato (my Padre, my Paisan, someone who has made so much of my life as a writer & teacher possible — grazie mille, Pa), Rachel Katharine Zall (a phenomenal poet & dear friend whom I met thru Toni), Tobi Hill-Meyer (my beloved ex, and a fantastic writer, thinker, & pornographer), Julia Serano (one of my favorite co-conspirators, and one of my two co-curators for Girl Talk!), Arden Hill (another fabulous writer I met thru Toni), Andrea Zanin (an old queer conference buddy & a genius to boot)… Looking at a contributor’s list like this, I get really excited about queer & trans writers’ community. I adore you all.
Take Me There: Trans and Genderqueer Erotica is my new book from @CleisPress, which will be out in October! You have no idea how excited I am about this book. It has been a passion project for me and it’s finally up on Amazon where you can pre-order it for the ridiculously low price of less than $11. Pre-orders really boost a book’s success and placement on Amazon, so if you could find it in your heart, I would really appreciate it. Here’s the official copy all about it:
In mainstream media, the erotic identities, sex lives, and fantasies of transgender and genderqueer people are often oversimplified, sensationalized, or invisible. Take Me There is an erotica collection unlike any other that celebrates the pleasure, heat, and diversity of transgender and genderqueer sexualities. The power of seeing and being seen is a central theme in the anthology; it’s not simply about passing or not passing (an idea often explored with transgender characters), but about being acknowledged and desired in a sexual context.
The book takes you from San Francisco to Israel, from heartache to lust, from stranger sex to a 10 year anniversary, from ballet shoes to butt plug bondage tables, from fumbling teenagers to leatherclad bears, from MTF and FTM—and in between and beyond.
Let me add that this book is all about the amazing contributors. Here is the entire list:
Kate Bornstein (@KateBornstein), author and editor of many books including Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, which just won a Lambda Literary Award!
Patrick Califia (@PatrickCalifia), world-renowned writer, activist, and sex radical, author of dozens of books including Speaking Sex to Power: The Politics of Queer Sex
S. Bear Bergman (@SBearBergman), co-editor of Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation and author of Butch is a Noun and The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You, which just went into its second printing
Ivan Coyote (@IvanCoyote), author of Missed Her and one of my personal faves, Closer to Spiderman, who is currently touring all over Canada
Julia Serano, author of Whipping Girl, currently at work on a new book
Laura Antoniou (@lantoniou), author of the groundbreaking series The Marketplace, which was the first SM erotica series featuring a transman as the romantic hero. She wrote a story especially for this book all about Chris Parker!
Helen Boyd (@helenboyd), author of She’s Not the Man I Married and My Husband Betty
Sandra McDonald, author of the Lambda Literary Award winner, Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories
Rachel Kramer Bussel (@Raquelita), queen of erotica whose latest anthology is Gotta Have It: 69 Stories of Sudden Sex
Toni Amato, co-editor of Pinned Down by Pronouns and frequent Best Lesbian Erotica contributor
Gina de Vries (@queershoulder), writer, cultural worker, founder & co-curator (with Julia Serano & Elena Rose) of “Girl Talk: a trans & cis woman dialogue,” founder of Sex Workers’ Writing Workshop, and MFA candidate at San Francisco State University, where she is working on a memoir & a collection of short stories.
Rahne Alexander (@foucauldian_ho), musician, multimedia artist, guitarist and vocalist in the bands The Oops and The Degenerettes
Giselle Renarde (@GiselleRenarde), erotica writer and editor of Future Histories: Transgendered Sci-Fi Erotica
Alicia E. Goranson, playwright, screenwriter, and author of Supervillianz
Rachel K. Zall, poet, performing artist, activist and author of The Oxygen Catastrophe
Tobi Hill-Meyer (@Tobitastic), activist, filmmaker, writer, and Feminist Porn Award winner
Shawna Virago, singer/songwriter and activist
Andrea Zanin (@sexgeekAZ), organizer, educator, and writer
Sinclair Sexsmith (@mrsexsmith), creator of The Sugarbutch Chronicles and frequent Best Lesbian Erotica contributor
Skian McGuire, one of my favorite erotica writers ever
Arden Hill, writer and poet, featured in Boys in Heat, Best Gay Erotica 2008, Best of Best Gay Erotica 3, and online at LoveYouDevine.
…as well as a few folks you can’t stalk on the interwebs (at least one of whom is a well-known writer who used a pseudonym because of the content of their story): Dean Scarborough, Jacques La Fargue, Kiki De Lovely, Michael Hernandez, Penelope Mansfield, and Zev.
I will hit the road this fall in support of this book, so stay tuned for a list of readings as well as other information!
i will be snagging myself a copy of this!