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Episode 8 - Poetry Minisode 2

In our second poetry minisode, we read and discuss five of our favorite queer poems. "Come slowly--Eden" by Emily Dickensen, "After God Herself" by Justice Ameer, "Hubble Photographs: After Sappho" by Adrienne Rich, "Tonight in Oakland" by Danez Smith, and "Ardent" by Jill McDonough.

Episode 7 - The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon by Tom Spanbauer

In this episode we get wild and rowdy with Tom Spanbauer's gay western The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon. A problematic fave, for sure, this novel is a trip right from page one. We follow a Two-Spirit Native American named Shed as he reclaims his life and tells his mythic tale of love and loss, hurt and shame, and fighting the powers that be. Possibly the gayest book we've ever read, The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon is certainly one of our top favorites.

Episode 6 - The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara

In our sixth episode we look at The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara, a fictionalized biographical novel which depicts the lives of various members of the House of Xtravaganza. Made famous in the documentary Paris is Burning, The House of Xtravaganza resides in the middle of late 80s New York where the ballroom scene is exploding with life. The book takes a dive into the chosen family and the struggles of its members through poverty, racism, and gender discrimination, while...

Episode 5 - Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

In the fifth episode of Lavender Lit Club we review a collection of speculative fiction by Carmen Maria Machado, Her Body and Other Parties. The stories in this collection blend well genre fiction and queer themes, and stand out against toxic masculinity, gender inequality, that long standing oppressive trope of the mad woman in the attic. The science fiction and horror elements make these stories a fun read, and the female characters make them powerful. We really enjoyed this collection and...

Episode 4 - Poetry Minisode 1

In our first poetry minisode, we read and discuss four of our favorite queer poems. "On nights when I am your husband" by Meg Day, "Recreation" by Audre Lorde, "Because it's summer" by Ocean Vuong, and "Feast green and stained" by Paul Cunningham.

Episode 3 - Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown

In the third episode of Lavender Lit Club we review the cult classic Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown. Despite this novel being one of the first of it's kind, a landmark lesbian coming of age novel, it is full of touchy topics and difficult to accept racist and TERF sentiments. We follow a judgmental Molly Bolt through her youth, the discovery of her sexuality, and her struggle to make it as a filmmaker in New York City. Full of promise and possibility, Rubyfruit Jungle let us down, but we...

Episode 2 - Tomboy Survival Guide by Ivan Coyote

In our second episode we discuss the memoir Tomboy Survival Guide by storyteller, author, and musician Ivan Coyote. A moving collection of stories from childhood paired with affirming discussion of defying gender stereotypes, Tomboy Survival Guide is first a well-crafted autobiography, and second a warm and inviting space to explore identity and how it fits in society.

Episode 1 - An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

In our first episode we discuss Rivers Solomon's debut An Unkindness of Ghosts. A scifi adventure on the generation ship Matilda, An Unkindness of Ghosts follows Aster in her quest to solve the mystery of her mother's death and navigate the dangers of the ship and its legacy of trauma. This book is packed full of diverse queer characters and culture, and though it often delves into dark tragedy, it is an immersive read we couldn't put down.