Posts Tagged ‘trans literature’

Notes from the Writing Trans Genres Conference (Everett Maroon)

I presented at the Writing Trans Genres conference this weekend and it was really great and different from anything I’ve been to before.

I imagine it will be weeks before I get the chance to do my own write-up about it (hopefully when the video of my workshop goes up that will prompt me to write something on my blog), both because I’m moving in two weeks and because I think it’s going to take me a little time to really reflect on why it was so great. In the meantime, I want to share this post by Everett Maroon, who I was lucky enough to have as a co-panelist on a YA lit panel (along with Kyle Lukoff and Annie Mok)  that gets at at least a fraction (only because I’m not sure the whole thing could be summed up in one post) of why it was so successful and exciting to be a part of.

One thing he points out toward the end, though, is the fact that they spent their budget to provide travel and accommodations for a large number of relatively unknown (but no less smart and important) writers instead of spending billions of dollars to fly out Chaz Bono. This meant that the actual people at the forefront of trans literature were actually able to attend, which meant that everyone–not just a few presenters and the people who could afford to fly themselves out–had something great to contribute, and workshop participants were engaged and asked thoughtful questions that really allowed the conference to feel like a meaningful exchange of ideas between intelligent and forward thinking adults.


I have sometimes mentioned my work as an editor on my blog, specifically my work with young adult fiction, so I thought those of you who follow my blog might be interested in checking out my website, which I have finally gotten up and running after months of dragging my feet: Jackson Radish Editing Services

If you or anyone you  know is looking for an editor for your manuscript, paper, or article, please feel free to send them my way!

MLABooklist-LiteratureOUTLoudToday I gave a workshop at the 2012 Michigan Library Association Annual Conference called “Literature OUT Loud: A Guide to Young Adult Literature for Trans Teens.”  The workshop went spectacularly and I plan on writing about it in greater depth soon, but I had some requests that I share the book list I gave out and discussed during the workshop so I thought I would make a quick post sharing it.  It says this on the book list, but I’d like to just reiterate that this list is not meant to be a list of the best young adult literature for trans youth, it is a list on the existing young adult literature for trans youth and there are some titles on there that I cannot or would not endorse.  This is derived from a list I created on GoodReads which I have added to over time and which has also grown via crowd-sourcing over the year+ since I created it.  Some titles are omitted from this list but I tried to omit titles on the basis of them either being a) not teen/ya books or b) not featuring trans characters, rather than based on quality, but the list on GoodReads is ever expanding so I would recommend checking that out too.

I encourage readers to please feel free to use this list however you would like (I would prefer that you use it for good), but I ask that you please try to credit me if you use it when possible/appropriate.

Book List: Literature OUT Loud: A Guide to Young Adult Literature for Trans Teens

*Edit: the link has been updated to include the correct author for Being Emily by Rachel Gold (see comments below)