"Dysphoria" is a hard-line thriller extremely well written by Karelia Stetz-Waters, a lesbian author from Oregon.
Katja Michael is a German writer to whom reading and writing became a passion as the years. The day she started studying English literature, she discovered a passion for the language. Inevitably, she ended up writing novels in English and recently released "She Came At Dawn," a lesbian love novel.
I spend a lot of time looking for new things to read to expand my knowledge of the community, but lately, I have really been looking for a novel or something more positive with trans* characters. A few days ago, I found this article, describing a young adult novel written from the first-person perspective of a transman: Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills. After reading the article, a defense by Cronn-Mills of her decision to write from the perspective of a trans* individual despite being cis, I decided to read the book myself and see how I felt about it. Where does the line between trying to represent the community and appropriation and misrepresentation lie?
I love how we can say so much in poetry which we may otherwise not be able to articulate, and I have been looking continually at poetry focusing on trans* themes. One of my friends recently introduced me to Gabe Moses, a transman who has competed in the National Poetry Slam, as a member of both the Berkeley Poetry Slam Team and Atlanta’s Art Amok Slam Team.