Saturday, July 30, 2022

Ten indispensable black, queer, & feminist coming-of-age titles

Mecca Jamilah Sullivan is the author of The Poetics of Difference: Queer Feminist Forms in the African Diaspora (2021), the short story collection, Blue Talk and Love (2015), winner of the Judith Markowitz Award for Fiction from Lambda Literary, and the new novel Big Girl.

Sullivan is Associate Professor of English at Georgetown University, where she teaches courses in African American poetry and poetics, Black queer and feminist literatures, and creative writing. She lives in Washington, DC.

At Publishers Weekly she tagged ten "indispensable stories of Black, feminist, and LGBTQ+ coming of age," including:
Love War Stories by Ivelisse Rodriguez

In nine short stories, Rodriguez tracks the coming-of-age experiences of several generations of Puerto Rican girls with exquisite humor and heart. Through her narrators’ eyes, we see the power of friendship, the quiet danger of blindly accepting inherited standards of womanhood, and the beauty of finding your way to adulthood with a crew of irreverent homegirls as your companions and guides.
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--Marshal Zeringue