Author Sassafras Lowrey talks with poet, memoirist and activist Staceyann Chin about her memoir, her childhood, how she thinks about her gay identity and how she deals with straight, white, male readers.
Earlier this year we reviewed Chin’s inspirational memoir, The Other Side of Paradise. We also caught up with Staceyann in March at the New School and photographer Suhaly Bautista shared these photographs with LambdaLiterary.org. Lowrey’s new anthology, Kicked Out — which explores the untold stories of homeless LGBTQ youth — is out now.
Sassafras Lowrey is straight-edge punk who grew up to become the 2013 winner of the Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Award. Hir books—Lost Boi, A Little Queermas Carol, Roving Pack, Leather Ever After, and Kicked Out—have been honored by organizations ranging from the National Leather Association to the American Library Association. Hir nonfiction book Left Out: How Marriage Equality Abandoned Homeless LGBTQ Youth is forthcoming from The New Press, and TRICKS IN THE CITY: For Daring Doggos and the Humans that Love Them is forthcoming from Mango Publishing. Sassafras' fiction and nonfiction work has appeared in numerous anthologies, literary journals, and magazines and ze facilitates writing workshops at colleges, conferences, and homeless shelters across the country. Sassafras has recently relocated from Brooklyn to Portland with hir partner, and their menagerie of dogs and cats. Learn more at