Welcome to the month of March. Whether you’re still processing the events of March 2020 or not, a new moment is here and we’re living in it.
This time last year was very different, to say the least. We were just learning to social distance and adjusting to stay-at-home orders. We thought, or hoped, the pandemic would be over in a few weeks. But here we are, a full year later.
Looking back at the past year, it’s hard to go into March with high spirits. But I think we can still cultivate some small moments of self-reflection, joy, and adventure. With this month comes so much promise. We’re entering Spring; warmer weather, a later sunset, and budding plants await us. It’s a time for Pisces and Aries to shine. And, as always, there’s new LGBTQ literature.
Investigate your own concept of “home” in the new anthology Home Is Where You Queer Your Heart edited by Arisa White, Miah Jeffra, and Monique Mero-William. The collection explores the question, how can “queer writers negotiate their feelings of home when their nation has further precluded them from a place of comfort?”
Read Hari Ziyad’s memoir, Black Boy Out of Time; the author lyrically reflects on their past and unpacks their complicated childhood history. This memoir investigates what it means to live beyond the limited narratives Black children are given.
Explore Sarahland by Sam Cohen. This comedic collection of short stories all center around a “Sarah,” whether she be a wayward college student or a fan-fiction loving, romantic obsessive. The collection provides a search for self within every story, showing there is more to life than our own personal narratives.
Dive into a hidden history with Elon Green’s Last Call. This is the true story of the Last Call Killer who preyed upon the gay community in New York City. The book entails the decades-long chase to find him while celebrating the resilience and vibrancy of the LGBTQ community.
Critique the historical representation of queer figures with Kevin Kantor in Please Come Off-Book. These poems imagine a braver future that gives queer voices agency over their own stories, and reshape theatrical canon through a queer lens.
Be thrilled by a thriller with She’s Too Pretty to Burn by Wendy Heard. Inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray, the novel features two young girls whose summer of love is threatened by crimes overtaking their town. Set in a rebel art scene, this psychological drama is laced with themes of love and power.
Navigate ideas of lust and desire with Michael Lowenthal’s Sex With Strangers. This collection of short stories features a cast of queer and straight characters whose libidinous adventures often lead them into perilous entanglements.
As always, if our list is missing an author or a book, or if you have a book coming out next month, please email us.