Critics' Choice

February 25, 2009

Interested in reading reviews for I Do: An Anthology in Support of Marriage Equality?

Then click here...

...and here...

...and here...

...most definitely here (scroll down -- it's the last review on the page)...

...and finally there. (Okay, so "there" will take you to a review for Coming Together: At Last, Volume 2, but I'm sure you wanted to see that one, too.)

Although Richard Labonté's review is the only one to mention my story specifically, Clare London, a fellow contributor, chimed in with an appraisal of her own:

I just have to let you know how much I loved your story in the anthology - it's one of a handful that have really stayed in my mind for their wit, poignancy, romance, and delightfulness.

Clare's comments - well, they make me feel simply delighted. And I have to say, and not just because she said what she said about my piece, that I highly recommend her story, "Outed." It is sweet and sincere and scintillating and will leave you with a big ol' smile on your face.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Femmeinine Frills (and Thrills)

February 23, 2009

Below is the Homofactus Press press release for Visible: A Femmethology.

Homofactus Press Releases Visible: A Femmethology, the Only Two Volume Anthology Devoted to Femme Identity

Visibile: A Femmethology, Volumes One and Two

Edited by Jennifer Clare Burke

Price: U.S. $19.95

Volume One ISBN-10: 0-9785973-4-6

Volume One ISBN-13: 978-0-9785973-4-4
Volume Two ISBN-10: 0-9785973-5-4
Volume Two ISBN-13: 978-0-9785973-5-1

"Femmethology is essential—a roadmap of Femme Nation, an index, an anthropology, a manifesto, and a googleology." - Dorothy Allison, Bastard Out of Carolina

"I feel like I just ate stars, my body and its gender readjusting to the supernova questions, queries, answers, and truths in these pages. I am so grateful for this book - as a transman, as a femme, but mostly as a human being who values femininity, good writing, and the powerful brilliance that shines at the intersection of both." - Scott Turner Schofield, Two Truths and a Lie

"[Visible: A Femmethology] is an absolute tribute to the depth and power of Femme. In these essays, you will see Femmes explode the idea of Femme on many levels, both in personal and public spaces. These pieces insist that Femme is a position of self-empowerment, that being Femme is about finding one's voice and being unafraid to use that voice in radical ways." - Christina De La Rosa, Conference Chair of Femme 2008, and Jessica Eve Humphrey, Conference Coordinator of Femme 2008

Homofactus Press proudly announces that Visible: A Femmethology, the only two-volume anthology devoted to femme identity, is coming in March. Visible: A Femmethology calls the LGBTQI community on its prejudices and celebrates the diversity of individual femmes. Award-winning authors, spoken-word artists, and new voices come together to challenge conventional ideas of how disability, class, nationality, race, aesthetics, sexual orientation, gender identity and body type intersect with each contributor's concrete notion of femmedom.

Visible: A Femmethology is the latest work from Homofactus Press, a publishing house dedicated to creating complex works for complicated people.

Publisher Jay Sennett is thrilled with Burke's book: "This collection is already the talk of the femme community, and it's worth every bit of the attention it's receiving and then some!"

Burke: "As a queer femme, I was reassured and relieved by the strong, unique, fearless, complex viewpoints in these essays. I saw peers who couldn't - and frankly wouldn't - play by any perceived status quo rules for How to be Femme, How to Look Femme, How to Act Femme, and so forth. I found individuals who were just as concerned about disability rights, body politics, transphobia, class differences and biphobia. I found writing that dissects the impact of race and national identity on queer politics as well as the politics of marriage, sex work, sexism and misogyny in our communities. Through editing Femmethology, I realized I wasn't alone."

Jennifer Clare Burke has been editing for academic and business purposes and instructing writing for sixteen years. Jennifer will edit the new edition of Queer Shorts to be released by Homofactus Press in 2010. Her book, A Life Less Convenient: Letters to My Ex, will be re-released by Homofactus Press in 2010.

Alex Holding . Alisa Lemberg . Allison Stelly . Allison Wonderland . Amy André . Ann Tweedy . Anna Watson . Ariel McGowan . Asha Leong . August Nightingale . Brook Bolen . Caitlin Petrakis Childs . C.T. Whitley . Carol Mirakove . Cherry Bomb . Clairanne Brown . Daphne Gottlieb . Darrah de jour . Emjāen Fetherston-Power . Gina de Vries . Hadassah Hill . J.E. Franet . JD Dykes . Jennifer Cross . Josephine Wilson . Joshua Bastian Cole . J.C. Yu . Julie Jordan Avritt . Katie Livingston . Katrina Fox . Kimberly Dark . Kpoene' Kofi-Bruce . Leah Lakshimi Piepzna-Samarasinha . Leslie Freeman-Dykesen . Lisa Papez . Lucy Marrero . Margaret Price . Maria See . Maura Ryan . Mette Bach . Miel Rose . Moonyean Grosch . Peggy Munson . Rachel Hurst . Ryn Hodes . Sand Chang . Sascha Elise Cohen . Sassafras Lowrey . Serena Mawulisa . Sharon Wachsler . Sheila Hart Nelson . Sherilyn Connelly . Sinclair Sexsmith . Stacia Seaman . Tara Hardy . Traci Craig . Yael Mishali

Click on the cover image in the book column on your right to go directly to the pre-ordering page.

Happy reading!

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

In a State of Nature

February 14, 2009

I am delighted to announce that Alessia Brio has accepted my short story, "Mahalo," for inclusion in Coming Together: Al Fresco, a collection of erotica that features the theme of sex in the great outdoors.

"Mahalo," which debuted in Island Girls: Tropical Lesbian Erotica from Alyson Books, is a story about an interlude between a tourist and a hula dancer on the island of Maui.

Coming Together: Al Fresco will be released on Earth Day, April 22, in e-book format from All Romance eBooks and is already available for pre-order.

Proceeds from the collection will benefit Conservation International, so your purchase is good for the land and the libido.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Cover Girl

February 12, 2009

Hi, all.

Visible: A Femmethology is now available for pre-order! My essay, "The Anonymity of Femmeininity," appears in Volume 2 of the collection. Make sure that you join the Homofactus Press newsletter in order to receive your discount of 28% off the cover price.

If you're curious about the anthology's cover design, click here to read an in-depth discussion about the image and the reasons behind its selection.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Listen Up and Listen In

February 4, 2009

If you'd like to get acquainted with the writers of I Do - and I know you do - then tune in to The Jester Show on TalkShoe tonight at 10 P.M. Eastern time.

Contrary to what I stated in my previous post, I will be participating in the chat - the text chat, that is, an option I didn't know existed until I registered with the site.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Stand for Something or You'll Fall for Anything

February 2, 2009

The publication of I Do: An Anthology in Support of Marriage Equality has generated a profusion of publicity and positive feedback.

Recently, Val Kovalin of Obsidian Bookshelf reviewed the collection. Here's what she had to say about my contribution, "Holy Macaroni (and Cheese)":

A young woman remembers growing up alongside her true love who becomes her wife. This story is filled with lovely, precise details. Take the kids' interpretation of the traditional wedding vows from page 196: "… joined in holy macaroni (and cheese) … speak now or forever hold their horses." Or the gift that one girl presents to the other: a bracelet made of pony beads and plastic pearls that is packaged in a white cardboard box tied with dental floss.

Also, I enjoyed how this author didn't preach for marriage equality. Instead, she presents a low-key, unselfconscious, and believable example of how the world could be, and should be, for this lesbian couple. If I were a lesbian and feeling despair over the state of gay rights in the world, I would return to this story often and re-read for comfort.

I think you'll all agree that I'm entitled to one shrill little squee.


There. Thanks for letting me get that out of my system.

To read the review of the anthology in its entirety, please visit Obsidian Bookshelf.

In addition, contributor Jerry L. Wheeler, a staff writer for Out Front Colorado, profiles the publication, as well as its creator and coordinator, Alex Beecroft, in the magazine's latest issue. To read the article, go here and click the Click Here link below the exclamation, "View our new digital edition!" and from there, go to page 14 of the magazine.

Lastly, on Wednesday, February 4, The Jester Show on TalkShoe will be hosting a live chat with a number of the I Do contributors. I don't think I'll be participating (if only this chat involved typing, not talking), but please do check it out and support the other authors. The chat is scheduled to start at 10 P.M. EST / 7 P.M. PST.

Curiouser and curiouser,

Allison Wonderland