BAND #4: Anthologies

carton images representing various types of nonfiction with the text "BAND: Bloggers' Alliance of Nonfiction Devotees"Bloggers’ Alliance of Non-Fiction Devotees (BAND) is a project to “advocate non-fiction as a non-chore,” and is a joint effort with  Amy,  Anastasia,  Ash,  JoyKimKit, and myself. Any and everyone is welcome (and encouraged) to participate! 

This month Ash asked What are your favorite nonfiction anthologies?

I have a confession: essay anthologies are a bit of a weakness of mine. I may be troubled by the lack of quality fiction featuring complex queer characters (particularly ones that aren’t coming out stories or about hate crimes), but there are many essay collections that give voice to the complexity and variety of queer folks and their experiences. I’ve decided to list a few of my favorites, all pulled from my shelves.


Baby, Remember My Name: An Anthology of New Queer Girl Writing edited by Michelle Tea (2007)

Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation edited by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman (2010)

Revolutionary Voices edited by Amy Sonnie (2000) I bought this book entirely because there is a quote from

The Femme Mystique edited by Leslea Newman (1995)

Brazen Femme: Queering Femininity edited by Chloe Brushwood Rose and Anna Camilleri (2002): It sounds like hyperbole when I say that this book changed my life, but I promise it’s completely true. My favorite is the essay “Quantum Femme” by Elizabeth Ruth.

Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme edited by Ivan Coyote and Zena Sharman (2011)

Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity edited by Matilda Bernstein Sycamore (2006)


What are your favorite essay anthologies?


Filed under Gender Studies, Lists, Non-Fiction

5 responses to “BAND #4: Anthologies

  1. Heyyy I have two of those on my shelf to read. How exciting :D

  2. Interesting – I’ve browsed pretty much all the books listed and I just can’t get into them. Now that you mention it, it might be the short essay format (why? I don’t know yet, probably I feel unsatisfied as it barely scratches the surface). Now that they’re recommended I’ll try and give them another shot.

  3. I love that you had so many answers to this question! One thing that is becoming more evident as we discuss things in BAND is how much variety really is available in nonfiction.

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