About Jackson

I earned my MLIS from Wayne State University’s School of Library and Information Science a year ago and currently work as an editor.  I have interned with Teen Librarians at four different libraries in the US and Canada.  My primary professional interest is developing programs and collections for teens/young adults, as well as readers advisory for teens–particularly LGBTQ teens–but am constantly developing new interests as I am exposed to new ideas. I have presented to teachers, librarians, and trans teens on the subject of trans young adult literature, and am also currently editing a trans young adult novel.

I am incredibly committed to promoting strong trans characters and themes in teen literature.  I have spent time reviewing trans teen books and creating resources for librarians and readers on what is out there.  It is important to me to create buzz amongst smart, hip, rad transfeminists about the importance of good literature for teens going through the struggles many of us went through only a few years ago.  I have other projects in the works to hopefully encourage and promote trans lit for teens as an emerging genre, but for now, you can access (or add to) my ever-growing list of literature for trans youth.  (Please keep in mind that this is a list of literature for trans youth that exists, not necessarily literature that is good so I recommend you read, or at least research any title on the list before recommending it to anyone.  Hopefully someday there will be enough awesome teen lit for trans youth to make a substantial list of the best books.)


I am a white gay American man who lives alone with a beautiful cat named Kona and dog named Blanket. I live in Toronto, but am American and have lived in California, Rhode Island (Providence), Oregon (Portland), and Michigan (Detroit).

While I have done a lot of stuff focused on trans teens, I have a broad range of professional interests

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*The posts on this site are my own and do not  represent the positions or opinions of any library, school, or other institution with which I am affiliated.

  1. Lianne Simon says:

    Hi Jackson,

    My book is due to be released in September. Although the protagonist isn’t trans, he/she is intersex with gender issues. If you’re interested, I can get you an advance copy.

    Confessions of a Teenage Hermaphrodite
    by Lianne Simon
    published in paperback by Faie Miss Press and e-book by MusetItUp Publishing
    young adult literary fiction,

    Born between the sexes, Jamie can be a boy after minor surgery and a few years on testosterone. That’s what his parents always say, but he sees an elfin princess in the mirror. To become the man his parents expect, Jamie must leave behind the dreams of a young girl.

    When a medical student tells Jamie he should have been raised female, Jamie discovers the life he can have. The elfin princess can thrive, but will she risk losing her family and her education for a boyfriend who may leave her, and a toddler she may never be allowed to adopt?

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