Sassafras Lowrey got hir start writing as a straight-edge queer punk zinester in Portland, Oregon, and grew up to become the 2013 winner of the Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Award.  Along the way, ze changed coasts, genders, and several other things besides.  Hir first book, the Kicked Out anthology (www.KickedOutAnthology.com), gathered voices of current and formerly homeless queer youth alongside policy makers and activists, and was honoured by the American Library Association and the Lambda Literary Foundation. Hir debut novel, Roving Pack (
www.RovingPack.com) chronicles the underground lives of gender-radical queer youth searching for identity, community, and belonging.  Roving Pack was honored  by the American Library Association and won a Rainbow Book Award for Transgender Fiction.  Ze also edited Leather Ever After, Honorable Mention winner of the National Leather Association Writing Award.   


Hir work has received acknowledgement and awards from the Astraea Foundation Lesbian Writers Fund, Poets & Writers, and Queer Heroes of the Pacific Northwest.  Ze has toured widely, giving readings, workshops, and keynotes at colleges, conferences, bookstores, festivals, and squats ranging from Atlanta to Berlin to Oakland to Amsterdam.  Sassafras has contributed to numerous anthologies and publications, and ze believes storytelling is essential in the creation of social change. Ze lives and writes in Brooklyn with hir partner, two dogs of dramatically different sizes, two bossy cats, and a mostly feral kitten. 


Lambda Literary Foundation Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award Winner – 2013

Queer Hero of the Pacific North West – 2013

American Library Association  Rainbow Book List (Roving Pack) – 2012

Rainbow Book Award Transgender Fiction  2nd Place Winner (Roving Pack)  – 2013

Rainbow Award Honorable Mention (Leather Ever After) – 2013

National Leather Association International Writing Award Honorable Mention  (Leather Ever After)- 2014

Top 100 Women. GO Magazine  – 2012

Astraea Foundation Lesbian Writers Fund Honorable Mention – 2011

Lambda Literary Foundation Finalist (Kicked Out) – 2011

American Library Association Top 10 for 2011 Rainbow Project List (Kicked Out) –  2011

American Library Association Top 11 for 2011 Over The Rainbow Book List (Kicked Out)- 2011

Poets & Writers Readings & Workshops Funding – 2010

Birmingham Out Open. SHOUT Festival – 2009

Top 100 Women. GO Magazine – 2009 

Portland Oregon Top Emerging Writer. In Other Words – 2004