'Assuming a Body: Transgender and the Rhetorics of Materiality' by Gayle Salamon

2011 Lambda Literary Award Winner In her exciting and provocative book Assuming a Body: Transgender and the Rhetorics of Materiality, Gayle Salamon argues the normativity of the transgender body, or perhaps more accurately, that the very sense that marks one as transgender—the gap between the felt sense of being one gender while inhabiting the body… read more

'Transmigration' by Joy Ladin

The title of Joy Ladin’s 2009 Transmigration suggests the collection’s key themes: death, rebirth, the soul and its passing in and out of the body, transition. Written, as the introductory note explains, “during the hardest part of [Ladin’s] transition from living as a man to living as a woman,” the poems cohere into a narrative… read more

'Missed Her' by Ivan E. Coyote

Ivan E. Coyote latest story collection, Missed Her (Arsenal), clearly indicates that she wants to connect with readers. She wants to pull at your heartstrings and to educate you about all matters butch. Her stories, all culled from her personal experience, yield a glimpse of a life not frequently spoken of in mainstream queer circles…. read more

'The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You' by S. Bear Bergman

S. Bear Bergman’s latest collection of essays, The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You (Arsenal Pulp Press), is not the sort of book to be read in one sitting. As the title indicates, the book documents, interrogates, meditates on the experience of gender that does not, unlike (hopefully) an airplane flight, smoothly transition a person… read more

'Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation' ed by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman

Lambda Literary Award Finalist Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation (Seal) is a result of its editors’ sense that in the 15 years since the publication of Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us (Vintage ), a generation of transgendered, genderqueer, and gender nonconforming folks grew into their queer selves with the analytical… read more