Sassafras’ work has been covered in a variety of publications. Below is a sampling of the articles and reviews of Kicked Out, Roving Pack,& Leather Ever After that have been published:
“The descriptions of peer pressure,policing around transitioning, and social isolation were particularly terrifying ot read because they are absolutely true, and rarely articulated in such a vulnerable way. The last page of the book made the entire book dangerously relevant and especially necessary to read.” – Spring/Summer 2013 Make/Shift Magazine
“Lowrey shines a light on the queer punk scene and shows the audience that she means business as a debut novelist.” – Curve Magazine
Check out my interview in Curve Magazine where I talk about inspiration, reviews, books that have inspired me, and why I needed to write Roving Pack!
“The joy of an anthology is that there is something for everyone. LEA covers a stunning number of different scenarios, genitals, identities, and kinks….Ultimately, this anthology is a win…” on Leather Ever After
Band of Thebe’s annual list of top books where 87 queer authors (I was asked again to be part of it! ) pick our top books – I was thrilled and super honored to see Roving Pack made the list! It was picked by the spectacular Mattilda Berstein Sycamore!!! She said:
“Lowrey deftly explores the intoxication and viciousness of peer pressure in young queer lives, showing how the pack mentality required for belonging in our new communities often leaves us stranded.”
Tristan interviews queer storyteller, author, and educator Sassafras Lowrey about hir novel, Roving Pack, set in an underground world of homeless queer teens. Lowrey will discuss the process of writing the book, responses from the community, as well as give a sneak peek to hir next collection, Leather Ever After, an anthology of kinky fairy tales. You can listen online here
The Huffington Post says: ”Sassafras Lowrey’s Roving Pack is much more than just a star; it’s a guiding light in the darkness of the false binary illusion of gender we’ve been too lazy to address….”
Lambda Literary calls Roving Pack “Political, raucous, dark, and totally engrossing” !!!! Check out the full review of Roving Pack on Lambda Literary here
“Sassafras manages to handle the grit with a surprisingly gentle touch. I didn’t finish the book with resentment for the kids who have it easy, but with a renewed feeling of kinship for the kids who have it hard…”
“Ultimately, it’s a hopeful story, with resourcefulness and loyalty as well as despair. But it’s also a disturbing book.”
conversation between author Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore and Sassafras at The Advocate as they sit down to talk about the experience of writing on the queer margins! It was the featured story on the main page! click here to read the full conversation
“tell the stories that need telling, and the ones that maybe only you can tell. I think that as queer writers it’s really important that we take risks with our work. Roving Pack is an edgy book, much more confrontational than my first book Kicked Out….” read the full interview here
“I think there that fiction/memoir line can definitely be a paradox — things are always far more complicated than they first appear. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons why the main character in Roving Pack and I both have the word ”paradox” tattooed across our chests. Despite that inky connection and the love of murky in between places, Roving Pack definitely is fiction….” Read the full interview here
“Roving Pack is an emotionally difficult read at times, but I couldn’t turn away from Click, nor from Lowrey’s elegantly rough and direct storytelling. Ze’s writing pairs the passion and authenticity of Click’s voice with sharp observations and strong narrative momentum…” a full review at Tristan Taormino’s Pucker Up here
“Roving Pack is a great story, but not a pretty one….” check out the full review from Kyle Jones here
“In Roving Pack, Lowrey does what I need from queer literature; ze unflinchingly tells an insider story, one rife with specificity, that documents a very particular queer leather culture in a very particular setting. I am very glad that this book is out in the world, doing its essential work…”
Read the full review here
“A whole population of kids will now be able to see themselves reflected, at last, in the pages of a book. I’m sure there are other novels about homeless queer youth out there, although I’m equally sure the numbers aren’t enough. But I doubt if any of them contain the grit, courage, depth, and truth that comes with Click’s tale, full of an honesty that can only result from an author who understands hir world thoroughly.”
Read the full review here:
A Leather Conversation between Sassafras and Sinclair Sexsmith sharing their perspectives on the current state of Leather/BDSM writing and publishing. check out the full conversation here
In hir first interview about the upcoming novel ‘Roving Pack’ Sassafras talks with author Morty Diamond of Bodies of Work Magazine about the process for writing the novel and what it means to be a queer/trans author. Check out the interview here
Sassafras regularly reviews books for Lambda Literary online. In addition ze had the honor this year of interviewing Alison
Bechdel and Jeanette Winterson. Sassafras also wrote a memorial essay for Maurice Sendak
the November episode of ‘In The Life’ is focused on queer youth homelessness, and includes interviews with Sassafras Lowrey talking about hir story and the history behind the Kicked Out anthology! We are featured alongside community leaders from fantastic organizations and homeless LGBTQ youth from around the country! The episode aired on PBS stations across the country, and can be streamed online here
Homeless Queer Youth Building Family: a Kicked Out roundtable
“Finally, especially now that the American Library Association has taken notice, kicked-out queer kids can find the guidebook that Sassafras herself wished she’d had. With Kicked Out, Sassafras Lowrey has put together a gritty manifesto of hope that has been all too absent in the public discourse on youth and LGBTQ issues.”
you can read the full review in Edge Los Angeles here
the GLBTRT Newsletter which is a publication of the Gay, lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered Round Table of the American Library Association’s Winter newsletter has been released and there is a wonderful article titled ‘Kid Stuff: About young readers for people who care” that mentions Kicked Out! The article says”
“When adding titles to the purchasing list, I highly recommend two books that vividly illustrate the pain suffered by young people in identifying an alternative gender identity. The first, Kicked Out, made me cry. The 25-year-old editor, Sassafras Lowrey, has collected the voices of current homeless LGBTQ youth (currently comprising 40% of all our country‘s homeless youth) and older people who share their stories of survival and abuse after identifying their gender identity with parents. Tales of power gained from the struggles of finding families blend with journeys through the pain of physical and emotional rejection that leads to attempted suicide, prostitution, drugs, and deadly diseases. The impact of reading these narratives cannot be described; the book must be experienced. I thank Homofactus Press for publishing Kicked Out.”
you can see the full article here
Detroit’s Between The Lines covered Sassafras’ events with the ACLU of Michigan and the Ruth Ellis Center here as well as doing a one on one interview about the state of LGBTQ youth homelessness and the Kicked Out anthology which can be found here
Mattilda interviews Kicked Out editor Sassafras Lowrey about the epidemic of LGBTQ youth homelessness, the push for marriage equality and the importance of created families in queer culture. to check out the full interview visit: http://www.bilerico.com/2010/10/a_one-question_interview_with_sassafras_lowrey.php#comments
Kicked Out got a fantastic review in ‘Outlook Columbus’ this weekend! Reviewer Richard Labonte called Kicked Out a “landmark anthology” and a ”must-read” !
To check out the full review visit: http://outlookcolumbus.com/2010/08/book-marks-08-09-10/
Queer Arts Now is a webseries showcasing queer artists Co-Hosted by Ks Stevens and Ashley Brockington who go on location to interview ongoing cultural artists and ongoing live cultural events. In this episode of Queer Arts Now they head to NYC’s Bluestockings bookstore to cover the Kicked Out reading!
Kicked Out received an excellent review on Lambda Literary’s website! They called Kicked Out, ”a distinct, important book” read the full review here
Lambda Literary covers ‘Kicked Out’ in a feature article ‘Discarded Teens’
“This is a growing issue that has been ignored by our community, but at the end of the day these are our kids and if we don’t listen to their stories, if we don’t care for their basic needs, who will?” you can read the full feature here
Kicked Out receives a fantastic review in Portland Oregon’s Just Out newspaper “With a passionate introduction by Matthew Shepard’s mother, Judy Shepard, Kicked Out promises transformative storytelling from the get go. And does it ever come through on that promise, which is quite fitting seeing as Lowrey is fueled by a philosophy that everyone has a story to tell, and everyone deserves the space to relate it. This compilation does just that, offering space for yesterday and today’s rejected queer youth to convey their powerful tales.”… “These individual narratives meld together to tell one gut-wrenching epic story, a story that many of us were and are afraid to hear. The book grabs the reader by the eyelids, forcing those of us who don’t know about the LGBT homeless youth epidemic to confront that fear by looking at it eye-to-eye. Quite simply, Kicked Out punches any apathy regarding the issue right out from under you.”
Kicked Out editor Sassafras Lowrey was invited to participate in a guest blog for the Daily Kos entitled ‘kicked out of prom, kicked out of home’ which jumped to the top of the day’s reccommended reading list. to read the full blog click here
Kicked Out: New York Release from Samantha Stark on Vimeo.Kicked Out: New York Release from Samantha Stark on Vimeo.Samantha Stark of Dirty Hands New York was at the NYC release for Kicked Out and has just put up a fantastic article & video about the event.
Kicked Out received coverage on GLAAD’s blog. Please click the above image to check out the full post.
“GLAAD is happy to be helping Sassafras pitch her book to mainstream media outlets in hope of bringing these stories into more homes across the country.
We will keep you informed about the progress of this vitally important anthology. We urge all GLAAD supporters to pick up a copy.”
Kicked Out received a fantastic review on the Trans Enough website! click the above image to check out the full review.
“It is important for the LGBTQ communities to face reality about our youth and begin taking steps to support and build families for these youth whose only offense was living authentically.”
Kicked Out received a fantastic review on the Trans Parental website! click the above image to check out the full review.
“The real strength of Kicked Out is how, by telling survivors’ stories in their own voices, the stories feel viscerally real. The contributions all feel very soul-baring and Truthful-with-a-capital-T, particularly the incredible photos by Samantha Box. One photo in particular captures two people embracing, one kissing the other’s shoulder, that wordlessly speaks volumes.”
Last night editor Sassafras Lowrey along with four Kicked Out contributors (Tommi, Ksen, Tenzin, and Jenn) were interviewed on Portland Oregon’s KBOO radio for the Out Loud show. Out Loud is KBOO’s queer culture show, celebrating & serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning & allied communities. We feature local musical talent, interviews with local and national community groups, authors, and really anyone from the queer community. We strive to give voice to those not heard in the main stream media.The show streamed live on the interent, but for those of you who were unable to tune in, the entire show as well as extended interviews with Ksen, Tenzin, and Tommi are available for free Mp3 download from the Out Loud webpage! http://kboo.fm/OutLoud
Direct Links to the full broadcast & full interviews with contributors:
Kestryl Cael & Sassafras Lowrey featured as the first in a seriese of queer creative couples!
An Afternooon of Zine Making, Five Years Later
Femme Liberation reviews Kicked Out!
“You all need to know this stuff. It’s an advantage that it is put together beautifully. This more than any Prop 8 rally should serve as a reminder of the work we have to do in our community to reach out to and take care of our youth.”
The Kicked Out Anthology was featured in Curve Magazine’s 2009 Holiday Gift Guide!
Editor Sassafras Lowrey was asked by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) to be a guest blogger during their week of posts about Transgender Day of Remembrance. The blog is all about the epidemic of homelessness amongst trangender & gender non-conforming youth.http://glaadblog.org/2009/11/19/what-does-transgender-day-of-remembrance-mean-to-you-sassafras-lowrey/
Kicked Out Editor Sassafras Lowrey sits down with the great folks at Campus Pride to talk about the epidemic of LGBTQ youth homelessness, hir own experiences of being kicked out as a teenager, and what students and community members can do to end the epidemic.
JOY 94.9 Australia’s first gay and lesbian radio station invited Sassafras to speak about queer youth homelessness and the ‘Kicked Out’ anthologyThe interview can be found off of the Homofactus Press website here:http://www.homofactuspress.com/2007/11/13/kicked-out-editor-interviewd-by-aussie-radio/
Zinecore Radio Show invited Sassafras to talk about hir history as an active zinester and transition to author. Ze spoke about both ‘GSA to Marriage: Stories of a Life Lived Queerly’ and ‘Kicked Out.’ Ze is the second guest on the show, and you can listen to the entire show here!
Sassafras was featured in a blog titled “Paw Prints on the Body Canvas” for the modern dog culture magazine
The BARK (click the image to be directed to the actual blog posting)
“In monologues unfailingly earnest and often poignant, these bright, unselfconscious bois and grrlz gave voice to the trials of self discovery, body acceptance, and the differences between “gay” and “queer.” “
-Willammette Week in a review of The Language of Paradox