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February’s Most Anticipated LGBTQIA+ Literature

February’s Most Anticipated LGBTQIA+ Literature

Author: Willem Finn Harling

February 3, 2022

Be honest with me, is February too early in the year to get nostalgic?  It’s just that this month is so liminal; it sits in the strange space between two major transitional periods: the start of the new year and Spring. February is just February, too early to look back, too soon to look forward. So, why not transport ourselves to other Februarys?

Can you believe it’s been a year since Brontez Purnell’s 100 Boyfriends dropped? Or Randa Jarrar’s Love Is An Ex-Country? Or Zak Salih’s Let’s Get Back to the Partywhich also happened to be the first-ever feature of May We Present…?  What if I told you it’s been two years since Brandon Taylor’s Real Life hit the shelves? And five since Melissa Febos’s Abandon Me?!

Countless books have gotten us through previous February’s and countless others will get us through many more, but for now, here are some of the fantastic LGBTQ+ releases to look out for in February 2022. 

  • Don’t miss writer and perfumer Tanaïs’ autobiographical essay collection, In Sensorium, which uses smell and fragrance as a lens through which to interrogate topics such as war, patriarchy, inherited ancestral trauma, colonialism, and climate change.
  • If you couldn’t get through Great Expectation in high school, try Furnace Creek by Joseph Allen Boone, which takes inspiration from Dickens’ novel and sets the iconic coming-of-age story in the American South of the 1960s and 70s.
  • It’s never a bad time to read some theory! Check out Marquis Bey’s Black Trans Feminism which complicates traditional understandings of Blackness and gender nonnormativity to foreground the ways black trans feminism can subvert and dismantle.
  • I would be remiss not to suggest a romantic read in the month of February so get yourself a copy of Kosoko Jackson’s I’m So (Not) Over You, in which ex-boyfriends Kian and Hudson find themselves back together in a fake relationship that starts to feel increasingly real…
  • Speaking of ex’s, put aside your ex’s poorly written love poetry and pick up one (or all) of these poetry collections: BloodFresh by Ebony Stewart, Broken Halves of a Milky Sun by Aaiún Nin, Madness by Gabriel Ojeda-Sague, Stepmotherland by Darrel Alejandro Holnes.

As always, enjoy the treasures, and if our list is missing an author or a book, or if you have a book coming out next month, please email us with the month of your publication date in the subject line.

P.S. Looking for even more books to read? Check out our Bookshop page with handy lists of previous award winners, finalists, authors featured in our May We Present series, and more!

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LGBTQ Studies

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Romance

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Mystery/Thriller

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Poetry/Plays

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Comics/Graphic Novels

  • Alice in Leatherland by Iolanda Zanfardino and illustrated by Elisa Romboli, Black Mask Entertainment 
  • Cheery Cak by Susan Sainsbury, Markosia Enterprises
  • Crema by Johnnie Christmas, Dante Luiz, and Ryan Ferrier, Dark Horse Books

Looking for something to read while waiting for February’s reads to be released? No problem, we got you covered!

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November’s Most Anticipated LGBTQIA+ Literature

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About: Willem Finn Harling

Willem (he/they) is a student at the University of Chicago studying Gender and Sexuality Studies and Performance Studies.

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