Ivan Coyote: On Queer Youth, Spoken Word, and the Writing Life

“I think it is definitely easier to come out, but not necessarily easier to be out. There are more queer role models out there, for sure, but we have to ask ourselves if the role models presented to us by popular culture are realistic ones…”

Ivan Coyote’s stories (both on and off the page) have been described as the “good old-fashioned kitchen table” kind and are a brilliant combination of funny, surprising, and painful, but most of all, honest in a way that renders each narrative beautiful. This year, Arsenal Pulp Press released Ivan’s newest collection of stories, One in Every Crowd, a book written specifically for queer youth. Ivan was kind enough to speak with the Lambda Literary Review about the book, the kids who inspired it, and working as a writer/performer.
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'Dendrophile' by Justin Vivian Bond

When I saw John Cameron Mitchell’s Shortbus for the first time, I realized two things: first, that this was the first film to represent how I related to sexuality, friendship, and intimacy; and second, that I hadn’t even realized how unrepresented I’d been until then. Queer invisibility in history and society is, by now, a… read more

Women Share Sweet Words @ La Dulce Palabra

Give a listen to La Dulce Palabra Spoken Word Ensemble. Drawing on episodes from their lives and recognizing the importance of oral storytelling in Latino culture, the ensemble’s members use poetry to express their emotions and share their experiences with audiences. “The poems are about things from our own pasts, things we want to talk… read more