Under Consideration

Under Consideration April 2022

The following titles have been read and recommended for inclusion on the final list by at least one juror:

Fiction and Poetry

All the White Spaces by Ally Wilkes
In the wake of the First World War, Jonathan Morgan stows away on an Antarctic expedition, determined to find his rightful place in the world of men. Aboard the expeditionary ship of his hero, the world-famous explorer James “Australis” Randall, Jonathan may live as his true self—and true gender—and have the adventures he has always been denied. But not all is smooth sailing: the war casts its long shadow over them all, and grief, guilt, and mistrust skulk among the explorers.

I’m So Not Over You by Kosoko Jackson
A chance to rewrite their ending is worth the risk in this swoony romantic comedy from Kosoko Jackson.

Monarch by Candice Wuehle
After waking up with a strange taste in her mouth and mysterious bruises, former child pageant star Jessica Clink unwittingly begins an investigation into a nefarious deep state underworld. Equipped with the eccentric education of her father, Dr. Clink (a professor of Boredom Studies and the founder of an elite study group known as the Devil’s Workshop), Jessica uncovers a disquieting connection between her former life as a beauty queen and an offshoot of Project MKUltra known as MONARCH

Time is a Mother by Ocean Voung
In this deeply intimate second poetry collection, Ocean Vuong searches for life among the aftershocks of his mother’s death, embodying the paradox of sitting within grief while being determined to survive beyond it. Shifting through memory, and in concert with the themes of his novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, Vuong contends with personal loss, the meaning of family, and the cost of being the product of an American war in America. At once vivid, brave, and propulsive, Vuong’s poems circle fragmented lives to find both restoration as well as the epicenter of the break.

Walk Me to the Corner by Anneli Furmark
A loving home and husband; two grown sons; a lakeside cabin with a picnic table where their initials are carved; and the chance encounter at a party that destabilizes it all. Elise is in her mid-fifties and is satisfied with life. But the moment she sees Dagmar, she’s entranced. What begins as eye contact transitions to harmless texting, and quickly swells into the type of lust and yearning Elise did not know her life was lacking. Both are happily married and there’s trepidation, but they can’t resist. The two arrange to meet, changing the course of Elise’s stable and consistent life forever.

Nonfiction

All My Friends are Invisible by Jonathan Joly
This extraordinary and beautifully-written childhood memoir is not only an important, thought-provoking and exhilarating read, it provides hope and community for all those who have ever felt ‘other’, and proves how vital it is to provide children with the safe space to be themselves, the absence of which can have dire consequences.

Burning My Roti: Breaking Barriers as a Queer Indian Woman by Sharan Dhaliwal
Part memoir, part guide, Burning My Roti is essential reading for a new generation of South Asian women. With chapters covering sexual and cultural identity, body hair, colourism and mental health, and a particular focus on the suffocating beauty standards South Asian women are expected to adhere to, Sharan Dhaliwal speaks openly about her journey towards loving herself, offering advice, support and comfort to people that are encountering the same issues.

A Quick & Easy Guide to Asexuality by Molly Muldoon & Will Hernandez
Asexuality is often called The Invisible Orientation. You don’t learn about it in school, you don’t hear “ace” on television. So, it’s kinda hard to be ace in a society so steeped in sex that no one knows you exist. Too many young people grow up believing that their lack of sexual desire means they are broken – so writer Molly Muldoon and cartoonist Will Hernandez, both in the ace community, are here to shed light on society’s misconceptions of asexuality and what being ace is really like. This book is for anyone who wants to learn about asexuality, and for Ace people themselves, to validate their experiences. Asexuality is a real identity and it’s time the world recognizes it. Here’s to being invisible no more! 

Secret City: The Hidden History of Gay Washington by James Kirchick
Utilizing thousands of pages of declassified documents, interviews with over one hundred people, and material unearthed from presidential libraries and archives around the country, Secret City is a chronicle of American politics like no other. Beginning with the tragic story of Sumner Welles, Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s brilliant diplomatic advisor and the man at the center of “the greatest national scandal since the existence of the United States,” James Kirchick illuminates how homosexuality shaped each successive presidential administration through the end of the twentieth century. Magisterial in scope and intimate in detail, Secret City will forever transform our understanding of American history.

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What We are Reading–March-April 2022

The following titles have been read and have received at least one yes vote for the final list.

Fiction and Poetry

All the Things We Don’t Talk About by Amy Feltman

 A story of betrayal and trauma alongside queer love and resilience, All the Things We Don’t Talk About is a celebration of and a reckoning with the power and unintentional pain of a thoroughly modern family.

Broken Halves of a Milky Sun: Poems by Aaiún Nin

Nin shows the ways in which faith and devotion serve as forms of oppression and interrogates the nature of home by reclaiming the persistent echoes of trauma. A captivating blend of evocative prose and intimate testimony, Nin speaks to the universal vulnerability of existence

Love in the Big City by Sang Young Park

A funny, transporting, surprising, and poignant novel that was one of the highest selling debuts of recent years in Korea, Love in the Big City tells the story of a young gay man searching for happiness in the lonely city of Seoul

Manhunt by Gretchen Felker-Martin

Gretchen Felker-Martin’s Manhunt is an explosive post-apocalyptic novel that follows trans women and trans men on a grotesque journey of survival.

The Memory Librarian: and Other Stories of Dirty Computers by Janelle Monae

Expanding from the mythos in Dirty Librarian, these stories in The Memory Librarian fully explore what it’s like to live in a totalitarian existence…and what it takes to get out of it. 

The Other Mother by Rachel M. Harper

A page-turning generational saga about a young man’s search for a parent he never knew, and a moving portrait of motherhood, race, and the truths we hide in the name of family.

Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield

Our Wives Under The Sea is the debut novel from the critically acclaimed author of salt slow. It’s a story of falling in love, loss, grief, and what life there is in the deep, deep sea.

Wrath Goddess Sing by Maya Deanne

Drawing on ancient texts and modern archeology to reveal the trans woman’s story hidden underneath the well-known myths of The Iliad, Maya Deane’s Wrath Goddess Sing weaves a compelling, pitilessly beautiful vision of Achilles’ vanished world, perfect for fans of Song of Achilles and the Inheritance trilogy.

Nonfiction

The Third Person by Emma Grove

A boldly drawn, unforgettable memoir about trauma and the barriers to gender affirming health care.

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Under Consideration: February – March 2022

The following titles have been read and recommended for inclusion on the final list by at least one juror:

Fiction and Poetry

The Boy with a Bird in his Chest by Emme Lund
A heartbreaking yet hopeful novel about the things that make us unique and lovable, The Boy with a Bird in His Chest grapples with the fear, depression, and feelings of isolation that come with believing that we will never be loved, let alone accepted, for who we truly are, and learning to live fully and openly regardless.

Can’t Resist Her by Kianna Alexander
Two very determined women – in love, at odds, and risking a lot on a second chance.

Dead Collection by Isaac Fellman
A whirlwind romance between an eccentric archivist and a grieving widow explores what it means to be at home in your own body in this clever, humorous, and heartfelt novel.

Patricia Wants to Cuddle by Samantha Allen
The contestants of a reality television dating show compete for love—and their lives—in this pulse-pounding and viciously funny fiction debut from the GLAAD Award–winning author of Real Queer America.

Siren Queen by Nghi Vo
Siren Queen offers up an enthralling exploration of an outsider achieving stardom on her own terms, in a fantastical Hollywood where the monsters are real and the magic of the silver screen illuminates every page.

You Better be Lightning by Andrea Gibson
You Better Be Lightning by Andrea Gibson is a queer, political, and feminist collection guided by self-reflection.

Read Between the Lines by Rachel Lacey
From award-winning author Rachel Lacey comes a playful romance about a Manhattan bookstore owner and a reclusive author who love to hate—and hate to love—each other.

Nonfiction

Burn the Page: A True Story of Torching Doubts, Blazing Trails, and Igniting Change by Danica Roem
An inspirational memoir-meets-manifesto by Danica Roem, the nation’s first openly trans person elected to US state legislature.

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Under consideration for December 2020

The following titles have been read and recommended for inclusion on the final list by at least one juror:

Fiction and Poetry

Blount, Tommye. Fantasia for the Man in Blue. Four Way Books, 2020.

Brant, Beth. A Generous Spirit: Selected Work by Beth Brant. Inanna Press, 2020.

Clarke, Diana. Thin Girls. HarperCollins, 2020.

Donoghue, Emma. Pull of the Stars. Little, Brown, 2020.

Fargo, Layne. They Never Learn. Scout Press, 2020.

Head, Cheryl A. Find Me When I’m Lost. Bywater Books, 2020.

Jae. The Roommate Arrangement. Ylva Publishing, 2019.

Joukhadar, Zeyn. The Thirty Names of Night. Atria Books, 2020.

Lenhardt, Melissa. The Secret of You and Me. Graydon House, 2020.

Malerich, C. S. The Factory Witches of Lowell. Tor, 2020.

McDonnell, MZ. Poet, prophet, fox : the tale of Sinnach the Seer. Book one, How the fox gained his sight. Moose Maple Press, 2019.

Milliken, Kate. Kept Animals. Simon & Schuster, 2020.

Salam, Anbara. Belladonna. Berkley Books, 2020.

Stearns, R. E. Gravity of a Distant Sun. Saga, 2020.

Ulanday Barrett, Kay. More than Organs. Sibling Rivalry Press, 2020.

Wilsner, Meryl. Something to Talk About. Berkley Books, 2020.

Nonfiction

Gieseking, Jen Jack. A Queer New York: Geographies of Lesbians, Dykes, and Queers. New York University Press, 2020.

Giorno, John. Great Demon Kings. Farrar Strauss & Giroux, 2020.

Jackson, Richie. Gay Like Me: A Father Writes to His Son. Harper, 2020.

James, Evan. I’ve Been Wrong Before. Atria Books, 2020.

Montez, Ricardo. Keith Haring’s Line: Race and the Performance of Desire. Duke University Press, 2020.

Rastrelli, Tom. Confessions of a Gay Priest: A Memoir of Sex, Love, Abuse, and Scandal in the Catholic Seminary. University of Iowa Press, 2020.

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Under consideration for November 2020

The following titles have been read and recommended for inclusion on the final list by at least one juror:

Fiction and Poetry

Chin, Staceyann. Crossfire: A Litany for Survival. Haymarket Press, 2019.

Emezi, Akwaeke. The Death of Vivek Oji. Riverhead Books, 2020.

Hart, Ellen. In a Midnight Wood. Minotaur Books, 2020.

La Mackerel, Kama. Zom-Fam. Metonymy Press, 2020.

Ring, Dave (editor). Glitter + Ashes: Queer Tales of a World that Wouldn’t Die. Neon Hemlock Press, 2020.

Sarais, Michael. All of My Friends Are Rich. Cloudy Day Publishing, 2020.

Nonfiction

Ali, Mohamed Abdulkarim. Angry Queer Somali Boy: A Complicated Memoir. University of Regina Press, 2019.

Burgess, Rebecca. How to Be Ace: A Memoir of Growing Up Asexual. Jessica Kingsley, 2020.

Glaude, Eddie S., Jr. Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and its Urgent Lessons for Our Own. Crown, 2020.

Lisicky, Paul. Later: My Life at the Edge of the World. Graywolf Press, 2020.

Rapinoe, Megan. One Life. Penguin Press, 2020.

Sullivan, Lou. We Both Laughed in Pleasure. Nightboat Books, 2020.

Sycamore, Mattilda Bernstein. The Freezer Door. Semiotext(e), 2020.

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Under consideration for October 2020

The following titles have been read and recommended for inclusion on the final list by at least one juror:

Fiction and Poetry

Albert, Annabeth. Conventionally Yours. Sourcebooks Casablanca, 2020.

Appleby, Steven. Dragman. Metropolitan Books, 2020.

Catherine, Chelsea. Summer of the Cicadas. Red Hen Press, 2020.

Cipri, Nino. Finna. Tor, 2020.

Danforth, Emily M. Plain Bad Heroines. William Morrow, 2020.

Elliott, Kate. Unconquerable Sun. Tor, 2020.

Huang, S.L. Burning Roses. Tor.com, 2020.

Masad, Ilana. All My Mother’s Lovers. Dutton, 2020.

McMan, Ann. Galileo. Bywater Books, 2019.

Washington, Bryan. Memorial. Riverhead Books, 2020.

Nonfiction

Glaude, Eddie S., Jr. Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own. Crown, 2020.

Volpert, Megan. Closet Cases: Queers on What We Wear. Et Alia Press, 2020.

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Under consideration for September 2020

The following titles have been read and recommended for inclusion on the final list by at least one juror:

Fiction and Poetry

Addison, Katherine. Angel of Crows. Tor Books, 2020.

Chang, K-Ming. Bestiary. One World, 2020.

Cipri, Nino. Homesick: Stories. Dzanc Books, 2019.

Corral, Eduardo C. Guillotine: Poems. Graywolf Press, 2020.

Dunbar, Eboni. Stone and Steel. Neon Hemlock Press, 2020.

Frohn, Celine (editor). Unspeakable: A Queer Gothic Anthology. Nyx Publishing, 2020.

Garcia, Benjamin. Thrown in the Throat. Milkwood Press, 2020.

Gordon, John R. Hark. Team Angelica, 2020.

Kern, Sim. Depart, Depart! Stelliform Press, 2020.

Lydon, Clare. Before You Say I Do. Custard Books, 2020.

Montlack, Michael. Daddy. NYQ Books, 2020.

Persaud, Ingrid. Love After Love. One World, 2020.

Phillips, Stephanie. Devil Within. Black Mask Comics, 2020.

Wild, Arhm Choi. Cut to Bloom. Write Bloody Publishing, 2020.

Nonfiction

Buttigieg, Chasten. I Have Something to Tell You. Atria, 2020.

Doyle, Glennon. Untamed. Dial Press, 2020.

Eskridge, William N. Jr. and Christopher R. Riano. Marriage Equality: From Outlaws to In-Laws. Yale University Press, 2020.

Faliveno, Melissa. Tomboyland: Essays. Topplebooks, 2020.

Glasby, Hillery, Sherrie Gradin, and Rachael Ryerson (editors). Storytelling in Queer Appalachia. West Virginia University Press, 2020.

Hernández, Robb. Archiving an Epidemic. NYU Press, 2019.

Ivester, Jo. Once a Girl, Always a Boy: A Family Memoir of a Transgender Journey. She Writes Press, 2020.

Levya, Marizol and Selenis Levya. My Sister: How One Sibling’s Transition Changed Us Both. Bold Type Books, 2020.

Lorde, Audre (edited by Roxane Gay). Selected Works of Audre Lorde. W. W. Norton, 2020.

Malatino, Hil. Trans Care. University of Minnesota Press, 2020.

Wagner, R. Richard. Coming Out, Moving Forward: Wisconsin’s Recent Gay History. Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2020.

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Under consideration for August 2020

The following titles have been read and recommended for inclusion on the final list by at least one juror:

Fiction and Poetry

Bass, Ellen. Indigo. Copper Canyon Press, 2020.

Bellefleur, Alexandria. Written in the Stars. Avon, 2020.

Doss, Zachary. Boy Oh Boy. Red Hen Press, 2020.

Flowers, Charles. The Idea of Him. Midsummer Nights Press, 2020.

Guenther, Faye. Swimmers in Winter. Invisible Publishing, 2020.

Lansky, Sam. Broken People. Hanover Square Press, 2020.

Maldonado, Ricardo Alberto. The Life Assignment. Four Way Books, 2020.

Mootoo, Shani. Polar Vortex. Akashic Books, 2020.

Polk, C.L. Stormsong. Tom Doherty Associates, 2020.

Sala, Sarah M. Devil’s Lake. Tolsun Books, 2020.

Singer, Lea. The Piano Student. New Vessel Press, 2020.

Stintzi, John Elizabeth. Vanishing Monuments. Arsenal Pulp, 2020.

Tran, Eric. The Gutter Spread Guide to Prayer. Autumn House Press, 2020.

Wilson, G. Willow, and Christian Ward. Invisible Kingdom: Volume 1, The Walking Path. Dark Horse Comics, 2019.

Nonfiction

Belcourt, Billy-Ray. A History of My Brief Body. Two Dollar Radio, 2020.

McBeth, Mark. Queer Literacies. Lanham Lexington Books, 2019.

Som, Bishakh. Spellbound: a Graphic Memoir. Street noise Books, 2020.

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Under consideration for July 2020

The following titles have been read and recommended for inclusion on the final list by at least one juror:

Fiction and Poetry

Borges Polesso, Natália. Amora: Stories. Amazon Crossing, 2020.

Dolan, Naoise. Exciting Times. Ecco, 2020.

Fitzwater, A. J. No Man’s Land. Paper Road Press, 2020.

Hargrave, Kiran Millwood. The Mercies. Little, Brown, 2020.

Hart, Ellen. Twisted at the Root. St. Martin’s, 2019.

Hudson, Genevieve. Boys of Alabama. W. W. Norton, 2020.

Jedrowski, Tomasz. Swimming in the Dark. William Morrow, 2020.

Kispert, Peter. I Know You Know Who I Am. Penguin Books, 2020.

Manning, Corinne. We Had No Rules. Arsenal Pulp, 2020.

Mar-Jones, Adam. Box Hill. New Directions, 2020.

Rader, Mark. The Wanting Life. Unnamed Press, 2020.

Smith, Timothy Jay. Fire on the Island. Arcade Crimewise, 2020.

Stintzi, John Elizabeth. Junebat. Anansi, 2020.

Upson, Nicola. Sorry for the Dead. Crooked Lane, 2019.

Nonfiction

Díaz, Jaquira. Ordinary Girls. Algonquin Press, 2019.

Jansson, Tove. Letters from Tove. University of Minnesota Press, 2020.

Manion, Jen. Female Husbands: A Trans History. Cambridge University Press, 2020.

Wojczuk, Tana. Lady Romeo: The Radical and Revolutionary Life of Charlotte Cushman, America’s First Celebrity. Avid/Simon & Schuster, 2020.

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Under consideration for June 2020

The following titles have been read and recommended for inclusion on the final list by at least one juror:

Fiction and Poetry

Alexander, Jenn. Home. Bywater, 2020.

Arafat, Zaina. You Exist Too Much. Catapult, 2020.

Aragón, Francisco. After Rubén. Red Hen Press, 2020.

Caruso, Melissa. The Obsidian Tower. Orbit, 2020.

Christmas, Jillian. The Gospel of Breaking. Arsenal Pulp, 2020.

Guzmán, Roy G. Catrachos: Poems. Graywolf, 2020.

Sickels, Carter. The Prettiest Star. Hub City Press, 2020.

Som, Biskakh. Apsara Engine. Feminist Press, 2020.

Staples, Dennis. This Town Sleeps. Counterpoint, 2020.

Non-Fiction

Adjmi, David. Lot Six. Harper, 2020.

Bombardier, Cooper Lee. Pass with Care: Memoirs. Dottir Press, 2020.

Esposito, Cameron. Save Yourself. Grand Central Publishing, 2020.

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