Mar 022015
 


SAVE THE DATES! 

May 4   SAN FRANCISCO       Booksmith Bookstore

May 5  SAN FRANCISCO     RADAR

May 6  VANCOUVER BC     Book Warehouse – Main Street

May 8  SEATTLE  Elliott Bay Bookstore

May 11   PORTLAND   Powell’s Bookstore –Hawthorne

 

There will be more info in the coming weeks about other authors who I’m so excited to be reading with and I can’t wait to see all of you this spring!

xoxo

Feb 162015
 

Friday, April 17th 

7pm 

Bluestockings Bookstore 172 Allen St. NYC

Join Sassafras Lowrey for the release of Lost Boi, a new novel published by Arsenal Pulp Press!

PREPARE TO BE SWEPT OVERBOARD into the world of Lost Boi, the queer punk reimagining of the Peter Pan story in which orphaned, abandoned and runaway bois of the street have sworn allegiance and service to Pan, the fearless leader of the Lost Bois.

TOLD FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF TOOTLES, Pan’s best boi, the Lost Bois create their own family in a squat called Neverland. But despite their loyalty to Pan and their refusal to join ranks with Hook’s leather pirates or the needle-fueled Crocodile, nothing has prepared the bois for the arrival of newly-corrupted Mommy Wendi and tomboy John Michael, who bring irreparable change to Neverland.

LIKE A FEVER-PITCH DREAM, Lost Boi weaves a children’s fantasy within a subversive alternative reality, chronicling the search for belonging, purpose and the struggle against the biggest battle of all: growing up….

Learn more about Lost Boi here

Stay tuned for West Coast tour dates!!!!

Jan 162015
 

There’s so much I’ve wanted to say since I first saw the news on social media about Leelah Alcorn a 17 year old trans girl in Ohio who committed suicide, leaving behind a public letter on her tumblr calling for the community to make serious changes to protect trans people.  I had the opportunity to write an op-ed for The Advocate

When Parents Are The Enemy: Suicide, reparative therapy, and the epidemic of LGBTQ youth homelessness

2014

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Dec 312014
 

It’s hard to believe that this year is nearly over. It’s been an incredibly busy 12 months filled with lots of adventure, fun, and growth. I’ve done a lot of writing, met a lot of incredible people, had a whole lot of fun along the way with my queer family I’ve been blessed to have a really fantastic year, and am eagerly awaiting all the adventures to come in 2015!

2014 Highlights (not in any particular order):

1. Readers – Without a doubt a top highlight of the year has been the chance to meet, & correspond with so

many amazing queer folks all over the world who have read one of my books and felt connected to something I wrote, or a story I told. My main reason for writing is to create the kinds of stories I’ve always craved, and to depict freaks and runaways and other queers to help someone feel a little less alone. One of the fantastic readers I met this year, was CeCe McDonald we got the chance to briefly meet, and I was SHOCKED when she recognized me because someone had sent her Roving Pack when she was incarcerated and she loved the book, and felt really connected to it. Every single facebook message or email I receive inspires and encourages me to keep writing.  

2. Queer Book Diorama Show- I co-organized this event with my friend Hugh Ryan. This was one of the largest events I have ever organized and it took us about a year of work before it opened. The show was up at the New York Public Library during August and September – it was amazing to get to see so many incredible books be brought to life, and to watch the community get so excited about books!  You can see a roundup of coverage along with lots of pictures of the diorama show here

 3. Lambda Literary Awards – One of my favorite events of the year, and always an amazing time to get to get to hang out with queer writer friends. I had the privilege of getting to present an award! 

4. Writing – Although this year was mostly about editing and preparing Lost Boi for publication, I did get some writing done, and was privileged that much of it found published homes, amongst them have been: a story in The Queer South, and a 101 instruction guide about writing transgender and genderqueer characters within the   The Complete Guide To Writing For Young Adults I’ve continued my monthly news column in Curve Magazine, and now write a second column for the magazine, a lesbian pet column!

5. Leather Ever After – the super fun queer kinky fairy tale anthology I edited last year that includes stories from some of my favorite leather queers received an Honorable Mention from the National Leather Association- International Writing Award!


6. Advocacy-
In addition to writing, and an extension of my work with the Kicked Out anthology, one of my
consistent goals is to find ways of amplifying the epidemic of LGBTQ youth homelessness as much as I can, and trying to make these conversations front and center.  In June, my friend, Jama Shelton who is also a formerly homeless queer youth and now advocate and I collaborated with The Advocate magazine for a weekly spotlight during Pride month about the movement leaders that are formerly homeless LGBTQ youth.  I also appeared in the Washington Blade  and was on NPR’s On Point Radio show talking about the epidemic.

7. Turning 30 & 10 years! Not really a professional or writing update but was a really exciting part of 2014 for me.  For years I’ve dodged questions about my age because I’ve felt so much older than being 20 something. I was really excited about turning 30 and was so lucky to get to celebrate this big milestone in a place very special to me, Disney!


This year my partner Kestryl and I celebrated our 10th anniversary over Pride. Kestryl is my biggest supporter, I wouldn’t be where I am, writing these stories, and doing this work if it weren’t for our relationship. I’m so grateful everyday for the incredible life and family (that grew this year with the addition of our Thing kitten  dragon) that we’ve built together.

I’m so excited for 2015, and can’t believe it’s almost here! One of the other incredibly exciting things that happened this year was getting the news that Arsenal Pulp Press was going to publish my next book, Lost Boi!  I’m finishing my review of the proofs this week, and got word yesterday that advanced reader copies are ready to mail out!  The book releases in April, and already we have events scheduled here in NYC, and are finalizing the details for the West Coast tour (details coming very very soon).

Thank you all for being part of my year, and I’m wishing all of you a magical and wonderful 2015! 

xoxo

Sassafras

Dec 052014
 

You know what makes a great holiday gift? BOOKS!  Know what makes an even better gift?  Books purchased from indie bookstores or direct from authors and signed/dedicated to your friend/partner/crush/ex, your old GSA, former youth center or whoever else you’re holiday shopping for!

This year for the holidays please consider the gift of Roving Pack- the novel Lambda Literary calls “Political, raucous, dark, and totally engrossing” and the Huffington Post says  is “a guiding light in the darkness of the false binary illusion of gender we’ve been too lazy to address” and click here to see all the amazing things some of your favorite Queer authors like Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore and Bear Bergman have said about the novel

Order Roving Pack by clicking the link on the right between now and December 15th  you’ll get this special set of one inch buttons featuring the original artwork by KD Diamond!!!! ::hint:: they make great stocking stuffers OR you can keep them for yourself!

 

The kids in Roving Pack even get into all kinds of mischief on Christmas – see what I mean:

To find out what happens you’ll just have to read the book!  

 

Nov 202014
 


It’s been a whirlwind of a week and a roller coaster of emotions.  On Monday I learned that the great Transgender warrior Leslie Feinberg had passed away. Hir passing hit me, and the rest of the community very hard. I had the honor of writing a remembrance for Leslie for Lambda Literary:  “Losing our Hero, Rest in Power Leslie Feinberg”   

“As queer folk, so many of us have been rejected and abandoned that we’ve had to build our own worlds. So many of us have found ourselves so alone when we come out. We grow ourselves up. We build our own families and in a way queer books become our parents, our grandparents, our best friends and families. We curl up with them on cold nights on borrowed couches uncertain of where we will sleep tomorrow, or in bathtubs, our ears ringing with the sound of a lovers footsteps walking out the door a final time. We turn to books to prove that we exist. Books keep us company, raise us up, and give us hope that survival is possible. In a way, through queer books we build a relationship to that book’s author as well. For so many of us, Leslie is more than a beloved author. Zie has been part of our family. Now, as we mourn hir loss, we’re left trying to understand a world that is much darker and colder without hir to fight for us and protect us……” – Read more of my remembrance  here  

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On a separate note, yesterday I spent my morning in the NPR studio being a guest on the show On Point talking about the Kicked Out anthology and the epidemic of LGBTQ youth homelessness.

<— me in the NPR studio!

The show went really well, though had some very ummm interesting callers (like the one who was proud about having kicked out his 16 year old gay child).  I  was asked a bit about my own story, and was able to talk about the anthology, but most importantly the need to listen to the voices of homeless LGBTQ youth. You can listen to a recording of the show here on NPR

 

 

 

 

Autumn

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Oct 202014
 

I can’t believe how long it’s been since I updated my blog and that it’s already autumn! The summer was really fun, also ridiculously busy!

I’m not even sure how to sum up how incredible the queer book diorama show ended up being, and it seems a little unreal that this project that I spent a year organizing is over. It’s remarkable to me to think about how this little fun idea turned into such a successful show. More than just successful in terms of audience turnout, this show was inspiring, thought provoking and really shifted the way that I understand the intersection between art and writing, as well as the relationship between queer people, and queer books. I wrote here about the opening reception, but that was just the beginning of the diorama show!  The dioramas were up on display for two months and were very well received by the community, even on the day that I went to deinstall the show, members of the community were stopping by to look at the art, and comment on it.  Over the course of the two months the show was on exhibit, Hugh Ryan (who was seriously the most amazing collaboratior I could imagine) and I curated two incredible events, an artist panel, that included artists from the US and Canada, Hugh and I got to meet Flagg the artist who made a diorama of Fun Home and traveled from South Africa to see the show, and a wonderful evening of conversation about queer art and literature with author Jack Halberstam, and artist Jenny Lin (who created a diorama based on Jack’s Female Masculinity”).

The show got a ton of press including being featured in The Journal of Queer Arts and being a Time Out New York Critic Pick Event, as well as write-ups in The Rumpus, The Advocate and more! Links to all the media coverage which includes photos of all of the dioramas can be found on the Queer Book Diorama Tumblr. http://queerbookdiorama.tumblr.com/   Hugh and I are still thinking through what the future of the diorama show will be, including future shows in NYC curated by us, and written guidelines for how to “steal this show” for folks who want to create diorama shows in their local communities. More on this coming soon!

 

Although I haven’t been doing a lot of fresh writing this summer, it’s been exciting to watch projects I have been involved with find homes and come out into the world. I wrote a story titled “Jacksonville” several years ago about being young, queer and in love for the first time and the story just found a home in a really exciting anthology “The Queer South” edited by Douglas Ray and published by Sibling Rivalry Press! The anthology released this fall, is beautiful, and my story is alongside amazing authors like Dorothy Allison!! Definitely pick up a copy from your favorite indie bookstore!

 

At the end of September Kestryl and I took the dogs on a much needed vacation to Ptown, my most favorite gaycation location. We spent a week walking on the beach and relaxing. At the end of the trip I also got the awesome news that my anthology Leather Ever After had been awarded the Honorable

Mention for the National Leather Association-International Writing Award in the Samois Anthology category!!!

 This autumn most of my creative energy has been devoted to finalizing edits and preparing for the release of Lost Boi. I  can’t believe the book releases in April! I’ve been working really closely with my editor from Arsenal Pulp Press to edit/polish the manuscript. I actually just finished a intense 10 days of reviewing/revising and then returning the book. I’m really excited with how the story has developed, and all the little details that I’ve been able to add into the novel!  I’m already starting to book release events and touring connected with the book for next spring!  I also have been receiving some of the best author blurbs I could ever imagine from authors who I really admire. What to hear what folks like Amber Dawn, Michael Thomas Ford, Jack Halberstam and more think of Lost Boi?  Check out Arsenal Pulp’s page! I can’t stop looking at the dreamy cover they created for the book! Smoking HOTT!!

I hope that you are all having a fun Autumn! Now that the diorama show is over and I got through this big edit of Lost Boi things are a little quieter (ha!) I’m going to work to keep my blog more regularly updated again! I’ll be sure to keep you all updated on all the Lost Boi news as it gets closer to publication, and don’t miss my new monthly dyke pet column at Curve Magazine starting in November!!!

              xoxo
          Sassafras
Aug 192014
 

Isn’t that just the hottest cover you’ve ever seen??? The amazing folks at Arsenal Pulp Press have really outdone themselves with this art and really captured the queer twist I’ve put on this classic story! I can’t imagine being happier about my cover art, and am thrilled that I can stop keeping it a secret ( a secret that I would stare out multiple times a day!!!) and share it with all of you!  Lost Boi is going to be released Spring 2015!!!!

 

Aug 072014
 

The Opening Reception for the Queer Book Diorama show was INCREDIBLE!!!! 120 folk from the community joined us at the Jefferson Market branch of the New York Public Library to celebrate the power of queer literature and libraries (17 people got NYPL library cards! ) !!!  It was an incredibly fun event – and how rad is it that on a Friday night all the cool kids were at the LIBRARY!!

The night before the show opened when Hugh and I were at the library installing all the dioramas (with the amazing help of our partners) we realized that we have been working on the diorama show for an entire year!!! It’s hard to believe that this show has been in the works for so long!  I couldn’t have asked for a better co-curator to work with, or more dedicated artists whose work is fun, diverse, and incredibly heartfelt! We were lucky enough to have local artists at the opening reception as well as artists from New Orleans and Michigan! Michelle Brennan whose diorama of my novel Roving Pack was the inspiration for the entire show was here in NYC for the opening – she and I had never met in person and so getting to meet at the opening reception was a truly special experience for me!

me, Michelle Brennan, and Hugh Ryan at the Opening Reception!

 

Roundup of media coverage of the Queer Book Diorama Show including lots of pictures!!!!

 The Daily Beast- The Power Of Queer Books

The Advocate – LOOK: Your Favorite Queer Books Come to Life in 3-D

The Rumpus- A Book of One’s Own

Curve- LGBT Books Come to Life

Time Out New York CRITIC’S PICK- Queer Book Diorama Show