Author Picks


 

Casey Plett

“As a reader I'm attracted to urgency. Not so much urgency in the sense of “fast-paced” (though that can be great too) but that feeling you get when from the first page the book vibrates in your hands, you can feel the author going, I'm telling you something real! Please, listen to me. This smattering of queer novels, stories, and essay collections all carry that sense of urgency.”

 

Casey Plett is the author of the novel Little Fish and the short story collection A Safe Girl to Love. She is the winner of the Amazon First Novel Award, the Firecracker Award for Fiction, and two-time winner of the Lambda Literary Award for transgender fiction. She co-edited Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy From Transgender Writers which won the ALA Stonewall Barbara Gittings Literature Award, and has written for The New York Times, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Maclean's, and them, among other publications.

 

 


 

Ocean Vuong

“Being queer saved my life. Often we see queerness as deprivation. But when I look at my life, I saw that queerness demanded an alternative innovation from me. I had to make new routes; it made me curious; it made me ask, 'Is the heteronormative standard enough for me? Is it truly, as I've been told, more fruitful—even for straight folks?' Luckily, I found other paths, and I found them, in part, through these books."

 

Ocean Vuong is the author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection Night Sky with Exit Wounds and the New York Times bestselling novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous. A recipient of the 2019 MacArthur "Genius" Grant, he is also the winner of the Whiting Award and the T.S. Eliot Prize. His writings have been featured in The Atlantic, Harper's Magazine, The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he currently lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.