A body-swapping personal trainer and her trans girlfriend turn to a life of crime. A man mourning his dead lover becomes trapped in the mind of the leader of a bathhouse raid. A trans man, recovering from top surgery paid for with a stolen credit card, finds strange connection and condemnation among his fellow patients. The fifteen stories in this debut fiction collection from author Calvin Gimpelevich move in the borderlands between realism and surrealism, investigating gender, class, relationships, and the powers we still hold within spaces of powerlessness. They articulate the invasions we commit, the invitations we receive to cross over into another person's world.
"Invasions blew my mind. Flipping between speculative worlds deeply rooted in realness and emotion and more familiar landscapes that tip on the edges of personal apocalypses, Gimpelevich's writing is strong and sure, taking us places we really haven't been. I'm hooked.” —Michelle Tea
Calvin Gimpelevich was born in San Francisco and has lived around the West Coast. A recipient of awards from Artist Trust, Jack Straw Cultural Center, the Speculative Literature Foundation, 4Culture, CODEX/Writer’s Block, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, his work has appeared in Electric Literature, Plentitude, cream city, THEM, and other publications. He has cats.
Nahshon Anderson is a writer and emerging screenwriter from Altadena, California. They attended California State University, Los Angeles. Nahshon is a Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) Award recipient for nonfiction (2014). Has been published in literary journals and several anthologies. They’re a contributing writer to Lambda Literary Review and a grants advisory panelist for the New York State Council on The Arts. Nahshon has recently completed their courageous and gut-wrenching 300 page, 21-chapter memoir, Shooting Range, which is currently being shopped around for a publishing deal.
Cat Fitzpatrick wrote the book of poems Glamourpuss and co-edited the stonewall-award-winning anthology Meanwhile Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy from Transgender Writers. She is currently working on a verse novel in onegin stanzas about trans women making terrible choices. This is a topic she knows a fair bit about.
Tennessee Jones is freelance editorial consultant and former fiction and non-fiction editor at Soft Skull Press. He is the author of the Lambda Award nominated short-story collection Deliver Me From Nowhere, and the recipient of fellowships from the Jacob K. Javits and Christopher Isherwood Foundations. He was the George Bennett Fellow (Writer in Residence) at Phillips Exeter Academy and the Philip Roth Writer in Residence at Bucknell University, and a finalist for the 2016 Creative Capital Award in Fiction.