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April’s Most Anticipated LGBTQIA+ Literature

April’s Most Anticipated LGBTQIA+ Literature

Author: Edit Team

June 2, 2022

Welcome Dear Reader, it’s the return of the most anticipated list of LGBTQIA literature! The bad news? We’re a little belated on welcoming these excellent April new releases into the world. The good news? Books don’t expire!

April is National Poetry Month and it shows. Our poetry list is more robust than the rest this month, with a verse for all. In addition to can’t miss poetry releases from faves and former Lammy Finalists Akwaeke Emezi and Ocean Vuong, check out Janae Johnson’s debut collection Lessons on Being Tenderheaded which weaves coming-of-age, Black queer masculinity, and basketball.

Speaking of basketball, former Lambda Retreat Faculty and Lammy Finalist Lucy Jane Bledsoe’s new autobiographical YA novel offers a glimpse into the early days of Title IX, fifty years ago. Protagonist Louisa asks for a girls’ basketball team at her school and courageously faces the fight that unfolds.

This month in memoir, Lammy winning poet Rigoberto González searches the past to bring a more complete image of his grandmother to light, and JVN brings another dose of his signature sparkle.

Oh, and did we mention? Someone with a handful of Lammy Awards and two handfuls of finalist statuses has a new mystery. Katherine Forrest’s Kate Delafield is BACK. Four years into retirement, loose ends and mistakes come calling, even in the desert.

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!

Would you like your upcoming title considered for a future Most Anticipated list? Email to let us know–be sure to include the publication date for your new release, title, author, genre, and link if available.




LGBTQ Studies




Young Adult Literature

Children’s/Middle Grade Literature


Comics/Graphic Novels

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