‘Impersonation’ by Joy Ladin

The angst and transcendence of that unique point in a transitioning person’s life—the last days that they exist in their birth gender, aware something shattering is emergent beneath the surface— is rarely captured so well as with the clarity and grace of Joy Ladin’s Impersonation. Written as part of a poetry triptych that includes Transmigration… read more

'A Boy Like Me' by Jennie Wood

Peyton Honeycutt’s world, circumscribed to his small North Carolina town, is too limited to encompass the fact that he’s a transgender boy. Growing up, he’s been given no images, reflections or–most importantly for the often-tongue-tied young man — no language to describe how he’s feeling about his gender. He develops over the course of Jennie… read more

'Make Love to Rage' by Morgan Robyn Collado

Rage / Making / Love. Trans, working-class, femme Columbian-Puerto Rican poet Morgan Robyn Collado splits her debut collection, Make Love to Rage, into these three sections that, when read alongside the book’s title, prompt essential questions: How does one “make love to rage,” how does one embrace their righteous furor at the injustices of  the… read more

'He Mele A Hilo: A Hilo Song' by Ryka Aoki

“Each [character] is touched by enough quirky characteristics and backstory to keep them unique– no easy task, but Aoki pulls it off by drawing on the sounds, smells, and rhythms associated with each individual and the different spaces their hearts compel them to inhabit.”… read more

'Gephyromania' by TC Tolbert

“Taken as a whole, the pulse behind Gephyromania is that of a seeker who finds meaning not in what is found, but in the act itself.”… read more

'A Safe Girl to Love' by Casey Plett

“Stumbling towards love–from others, from the self–is a messy affair for the twenty-something not-children yet not-quite-adults of Plett’s worlds.”… read more