Jun 152015
 

video of me reading Chapter 3 “Runaway! Runaway!” when I read at RADAR on tour in San Francisco last month!

 

I’m amazed and thrilled by all the incredible support and positive reviews that have been coming out for Lost Boi!

The Globe And Mail: “Lost Boi is the kind of novel that reminds us exactly why we love literature, how it can push boundaries and break open traditions, all while it amuses and excites both reader and author.”Read the full review here 

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The Advocate includes Lost Boi in “The 15 Best LGBT Summer Reads”

Fans of children’s tales and the genderqueering of literature will adore Sassafras Lowrey’s 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 Brigade. It’s like a subversive alternate take on the classic story, with undercurrents that tackle some real issues like LGBT youth homelessness, BDSM, addiction, love, family, gender, and so much more. ” Read More Here 

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Vice  says “Lost Boi, reimagines Peter Pan for the genderqueer generation, with a coming-of-age story that is as tender as it is kinky, and as sweet as it is subversive…” Read the full review & an interview here 

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Lambda Literary says “Lost Boi begins by rejecting convention, but by story’s end it has in many ways bent and adapted convention to its own ends. It’s a counterculture fairy tale, but the way Lowery turns all expectations upside down and finds hope in the darkest corners is the real magic here.” Read the full review here

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Daily Xtra “Beyond the transgressive pleasure found in Lost Boi’s gender-fucking and in the brazen placement of beloved literary characters into the world of queer kink and leather culture, there is also insight into the myriad ways in which marginalized folk seek to forge familial ties and create community.”  check out the full review here

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MPR News “Five Wildly Inventive New Takes On Classic Literature” J.M. Barrie’s children’s tale gets a dark and wondrous makeover in “Lost Boi,” a queer punk reimagining of “Peter Pan.” ” Read the full article here  

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Book Riot Lost Boi is included in the “Best Books We Read In May” “Lost Boi: it is absolutely unapologetic about what it is and who it appeals to, and I think that’s what makes it so successful.” Read the Full book roundup here 

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May 172015
 

“Lost Boi is the kind of novel that reminds us exactly why we love literature, how it can push boundaries and break open traditions, all while it amuses and excites both reader and author.”

Read the full amazing review that ran in the Globe and Mail here I think I did a little dance in the street the first time I read this tour!

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I’ve been home a couple of days now from my West Coast tour with Lost boi! Wow! The last two weeks traveling have been so magical and  I’m completely overwhelmed by the community response to Lost Boi in San Francisco, Vancouver, Seattle and Portland! I came home and napped for two days! It was an incredible and exhausting tour and now that I’m settling back in here in Brooklyn I’m still working on finding the words to talk about the fantastic time I had, and the privilege it is to be able to share this beautiful beautiful (arsenal pulp press really outdid themselves ) book with all of you!

xoxo

Apr 202015
 



Last weekend was the NYC release event for Lost Boi and it was truly a magical night at Bluestockings! I think I was a little bit in shock that night, and it wasn’t until later in the weekend after SELLING OUT of copies at The Rainbow Book Fair on Saturday that it really hit me, this book is real, it’s out in the world and right now as I’m sitting in my house queer people are reading it!!!!!

This book has been such an amazing project to work on, and I truly could not have asked for a more incredible publishing process than the one I had working with the fantastic team at Arsenal Pulp Press. They were my dream publisher for this novel, and the book is truly beyond my wildest dreams. One of my favorite things about Lost Boi is the way in which it has been transformed into a gorgeous object. I’m not an ebook reader, and I love the experience of holding a beautiful book, but I never imagined that one I wrote would be made so pretty! Everything from the weight of the pages, to the cover flaps that have the book’s description on one, and my photo/bio on the other, to the map, to the way the pages are rough cut (there’s some word for this that I never remember) and look like a fancy old book!

I’m so thrilled that Lost Boi has released and is available! If you see copies of the book at your local bookstore please take a picture and share it with me on facebook/twitter/instagram – It’s so exciting for me to see pictures of the book out in the wild! Also, if you’re one of those queers whose reading Lost Boi right now please think about giving it a little review of Goodreads and/or Amazon when you finish reading and if you haven’t yet made up your mind if you want to read it, check out some of the nice things folks in the media have said about Lost Boi!

 

Roundup of Praise/Coverage for Lost Boi so far! 

Largehearted Boy Guest Playlist – it’s like a mixtape for the novel!

Lambda Literary says “Lost Boi begins by rejecting convention, but by story’s end it has in many ways bent and adapted convention to its own ends. It’s a counterculture fairy tale, but the way Lowery turns all expectations upside down and finds hope in the darkest corners is the real magic here.” Read full review here

Xtra: “Second Streetlight To The Right” 

The Lost Boi West Coast Tour is only 2 weeks away! See you soon SF, Vancouver, Seattle, PDX! 

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

 

 

Apr 152015
 

I can’t believe it, but Lost Boi really is here, and out in the world!!!!!!

If you find Lost Boi in your local bookstore will you take a picture and tag me on Facebook or Twitter? I’m so excited to see it out in the wild!!!

p.s. The official release is here in NYC this Friday (April 17th) at Bluestockings Bookstore! I

 

 

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