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Sassafras Lowrey


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) literature is a growing genre filled with a diverse array of novels that are pushing the literary envelope. These works of fiction challenge readers to explore worlds beyond conventional definitions and understandings of sexuality and gender identity/expression. From indie publishers to big presses, queer books are taking the literary world by storm, broadening everyone's understanding of sexuality and gender. These books are also providing queer readers with a lifeline though the opportunity to see themselves reflected on the page.

About the Author

Sassafras Lowrey

Sassafras Lowrey is a former teenage runaway who grew up to become the 2013 winner of the Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Award. Hir books—Lost Boi, A Little Queermas Carol, Roving Pack, Kicked Out and Leather Ever After—have been honored by organizations ranging from the National Leather Association to the American Library Association. Sassafras’ next book Left Out: How Marriage Equality Abandoned Homeless LGBTQ Youth is forthcoming from The New Press.

Sassafras has toured widely, giving readings, workshops, and keynotes at colleges, conferences, bookstores, festivals, and squats ranging from Atlanta to Berlin to Oakland to Amsterdam. Ze has contributed to numerous anthologies and publications. Sassafras lives and writes in Brooklyn with hir partner, and their beloved menagerie of dogs and cats.