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More than 50 books by Queer People of Color
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This is for glinda, who is excited about queerlit50 but has expressed frustration because it's too much to handle alongside the very wonderful 50books_poc  (which was the 2nd comm's inspiration). She asked for recommendations for books by queer people of color.

I thought, I'm sure I can come up with 50 books by LGBT people of color. So I did.

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If you feel inclined to signal-boost, it would be much appreciated. I'm very excited about  queerlit50   and I'd like to see authors of color well-represented on it.

Thanks for doing this! Just a quick note; my name is spelled Mary Anne (with an 'e') Mohanraj. And you might want to note that _Bodies in Motion_ contains both gay and lesbian characters (in addition to a couple bisexual ones and a bunch of straight folks). No trans, I'm afraid. Something to work on!

Also, for those folks looking for genre-specific stuff, they could check out my poly space opera story, "Jump Space", available for free online. In the future, everyone's bisexual! (Okay, no, not really, but everyone in this story is.) http://thoughtcrime.crummy.com/2009/Jump.html

Thank you for the shout-out on your blog! Please accept my apologies for the misspelling, which I've corrected. And thank you for the link and additional details about your books; I'm hoping this can grow and grow!

Oh, also, _Bodies in Motion_ is a mainstream, immigrant lit, novel-in-stories. You might also list my two previous collections: _Torn Shapes of Desire_, _Silence and the Word_. Both mostly erotica, but Silence has a fair bit of SF/F in. And there's my two choose-your-own-adventure erotic novels, _Kathryn in the City_ and _The Classics Professor_.

The Classics Professor is yours? *goes and gets my copy* ...wow, the book designer didn't make your name exactly easy to find. :-(

Well, that one is a little complicated. Penguin originally asked me and Michael Hemmingson to write the two books; partway through the process, they decided they didn't like what Michael was doing. (Personally, I think Michael is a great writer, but it wasn't my call.) So anyway, they paid him a kill fee and cancelled his contract, and then asked me if I'd be willing to use his title / storyline and write the actual book. Which I agreed to do. So to be fair, I'd say the final product is really a collaboration in some sense; it's not a storyline I would have come up with on my own.

That whole process also meant that instead of the four months I had to write _Kathryn_, I had just one month to write _Classics_, which was, umm...a little tense. One might even say rushed. I'm not as happy with the end result as I am with _Kathryn_. But still, I think they're both fun, light reads. I do love the little Cloisters section in _Classics_, but that may be just because I have a weakness of monks' herb gardens and unicorn tapestries.

Thanks for this list! Bookmarked and searching my library's website now.

I really like Staceyann Chin but didn't know she'd written an memoir, so that's especially exciting.

Found this through a rando link on twitter. Very nice! Here are two Chicana writers that I've read if you'd like to add them to your list :)

Cherrie Moraga, "Loving in the War Years", "The Hungry Woman", and any other book she's written.

Gloria Anzaldua - Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza




Some off the cuff suggestions. I don't have access to most of my collection right now, and I haven't checked the Tables of Contents of my anthologies, many of which contain queer PoC.

People should check out RedBone Press, run by Lisa C. Moore (who edited DOES YOUR MAMA KNOW, an anthology of black lesbian coming out stories) which is a press devoted to publishing queer PoC and publishes writers like Samiya Bashir, Sharon Bridgforth, Marvin K. White, etc. as well as lots of important anthologies.

(And not to forget our history, worth looking at titles from the first–but sadly no longer extant–feminist women of color press, Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, founded by Audre Lourde, Barbara Smith, and Cherrie Morraga.)

Larry Duplechan, black gay author of BLACKBIRD, GOT 'TIL ITS GONE, etc.

G. Winston James' collected stories, SHAMING THE DEVIL, is out now from Top Pen Press.

Don Belton, a black gay author who, unfortunately, was murdered a few weeks ago. :-(

Randall Keenan, black gay author, A VISITATION OF SPIRITS, LET THE DEAD BURY THEIR DEAD, etc.

Andy Quan is a gay Chinese-Canadian author now living in Australia. His books include SIX POSITIONS and CALENDAR BOY.

Justin Chin, Malaysian gay author of MONGREL, GUTTED, HARMLESS MEDICINE, etc.

Noël Alumit, gay Filipino author of LETTERS TO MONTGOMERY CLIFFT and TALKING TO THE MOON.

R. Zamora Linmark, gay author born in Manila, author of ROLLING THE R's, etc.

Michael Nava, gay chicano mystery author.

Jaime Manrique, gay Colombian author of LATIN MOON IN MANHATTAN, TWILIGHT AT THE EQUATOR, etc.

Lots of poets, too, although I think the original list didn't incluyde them...

Great list. However, two nits:

Octavia Butler doesn't belong on this list. She wasn't queer. I base this statement on my friendship with her.

I do belong on this list. I am. Love, Nisi

Your post has been included in a Linkspam.

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Reading comprehension fail!

Dur, sorry, I totally did not read your post closely at all. Deleting previous comment.

Anyway, thank you for posting this! I have added a bunch of books to my to-read list.

Barbara Burford, The Threshing Floor.

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On my list? Alexis De Veaux, Pat Parker, Gloria Hull, Michelle Cliff, Cheryl Clarke, Merle Woo, Barbara Smith, Essex Hemphill, Marlon Riggs.

All were contemporaries of Audre Lorde.

Angela Davis.

James Earl Hardy (lots of people dont like his stuff b/c it is pop fiction but I think his analyses of racism are dead on).

What a great list!!! So many great books and authors on it.
I'd add Larissa Lai's novel, "When Fox is a Thousand" (Chinese Canadian story) and Alexander Chee's novel, "Edinburgh."
I loved Essex Hemphill's poetry and prose collection, "Ceremonies" and "Brother to Brother" the collection he edited, now out in a new edition.
Helen Zia's "Asian American Dreams" is a more general history but includes some lesbian content (her own story).
Michelle Cliff's fantastic essay collection, "If I Could Write This in Fire" is a must read. She's also the author of novels ("Free Enterprise"), short stories and other essays.
Thomas Glave (author of "Words to Our Now" and the "Torturer's Wife" and also editor of "Our Caribbean: a Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writing from Antilles."
Abha Dewasar-"Babyji" (don't know how she identifies)
Joanna Kadi-"Thinking Class"

Nisi Shawl's "Filter House" won the Tiptree this year.

Thank you so much for doing this. :D :D *saves*

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