Articles by: Sinclair Sexsmith

Cliterotica: Summer 2012

It’s that time again, folks: Here’s your quarterly lesbian erotica review roundup, brought to you by the letter Q and Lambda Literary Foundation. Here are some of the best of the best. I’m sure you’ll find something to keep you occupied over the hot summer…. read more

Cliterotica: Winter 2012

Greetings, erotica lovers! Winter is an excellent time to curl up with a naughty book, and there are quite a few new good ones out there to choose from. Many more erotica books are available digitally these days, and while I do get a perverse thrill carrying around The Harder She Comes: Butch/Femme Erotica or… read more

Jack Halberstam: Queers Create Better Models of Success

In September 2011, Duke University published Jack Halberstam’s most recent book, The Queer Art of Failure, a fascinating examination of how “we conceive of the idea of failure in our society, not so that we may correct ourselves, but so that we may see how our various ‘failures’ may actually produce a preferable alternative to conformist lifestyles and the status quo.”

Sinclair Sexsmith sat down with Halberstam to talk pronouns, Occupy Wall Street, queer parenting, gay marriage, academics, butch identity, and the queer art of failure…. read more

Tristan Taormino: The Power of Erotica

“I absolutely believe that writing and publishing erotica, especially for minorities, is a political act. We must write our own stories, our own truths, otherwise our detractors and enemies will do it for us” I picked up Best Lesbian Erotica 1998 when I worked at an indie bookstore, and it changed my trajectory. Suddenly I… read more

Cliterotica: Fall 2011

Well, debauched and smutty readers, it’s been a slow summer for lesbian erotica. You probably noticed, because I’m sure you’ve been checking LamdaLiterary.org every day just in case, that there was not a summer Cliterotica roundup. Though there were some fantastic releases this spring, I couldn’t hunt down any titles that were released over the… read more

Val McDermid: Pioneer Award Spotlight

“I had a desire to make sure that the generations of women coming after me would not have to endure the cultural desert I grew up in.” Val McDermid is a Scottish crime writer who has written more than 25 books, most recently Trick of the Dark (Little Brown, 2010). What got you started writing?… read more

Cliterotica: Spring 2011

Quarterly Lesbian Erotica Roundup Ah, spring. It’s in the air. Can’t you feel it? Can’t you smell it? Or maybe that’s the smell of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway outside my window. I can’t tell. Regardless, with the change from winter into spring, I always get a little extra feisty, excited about the smaller and fewer and… read more

Cliterotica: Winter 2010 [PNSFW]

Lesbian Erotica Quarterly Roundup Though in my last roundup, I included Best Lesbian Erotica 2010, I’ve got to do that again and tell you all about Best Lesbian Erotica 2011. The Best Lesbian Erotica series put out by Cleis Press and edited, as of last year, by Kathleen Warnock is one of the bestselling erotica… read more

Cliterotica: A Lesbian Erotica Quarterly [PNSFW]

“‘Cowboy’ is a calling, a vocation, not a gender,” starts the book Lesbian Cowboys: Erotic Adventures by Sacchi Green and Rakelle Valencia, published by Cleis Press. The first review of it I saw said, “This book has nothing to do with gender.” But of course, I have to disagree. It has everything to do with gender. I… read more

'Lynnee Breedlove's One Freak Show' by Lynn Breedlove

Lambda Award Winner As Lynnee Breedlove accepted the Lammy award for the Trans category earlier this year, at the podium he quipped, “People ask me all the time whether I’m a boy or a girl and I say, ‘Why are you asking me? Do I look like I know?’” Delivered with perfect comic timing, it’s… read more