LBT+ Women & Non-Binary Poets

[EDITED 19 May 2019: After reading Sam Escobar’s essay “On Being Non-Binary in Female-Centric Spaces” and Kat Marchán’s “On the Design of Women’s Spaces,” I realized that this list, “LBT+ Women & Non-Binary Poets,” has been saying one thing and doing another. The title mentions non-binary poets, but the vast majority of poets actually in the list are women. So as not to continue tokenizing non-binary poets, I have created a new list: “Lesbian and Bi+ Women Poets,” which obviously includes both trans and cis women. You can find a list of non-cis poets, including non-binary people and trans men, by Bogi Takács on GoodReads.]

Here is a list of published volumes by contemporary lesbian, bi+, and trans women and non-binary poets who are writing today. Obviously this list is Anglophone-centric and informed by the volumes inhabiting my bookshelves … If you would like to be added or removed, please let me know!

Note: One anthology that everyone should read is Black Lesbians — We Are the Revolution!, a recent issue of Sinister Wisdom guest-edited by JP Howard and Amber Atiya. My copy arrived in the mail just a few days ago, and already it’s an invaluable resource as I continue to update this list.

  • Patience Agbabi, Telling Tales (Canongate Books)
  • Liz Ahl, Beating the Bounds (Hobblebush Books)
  • Anastacia-Renée, (v.) (Gramma)
  • Joan Annsfire, Distant Music (Headmistress Press)
  • Colette Arrand, Hold Me Gorilla Monsoon (Opo Books and Objects)
  • Amber Atiya, the fierce bums of doo-wop (Argos Books)
  • Samiya Bashir, Field Theories (Nightboat), Gospel (RedBone), Where the Apple Falls (RedBone)
  • Maureen Bocka, First Name Barbie Last Name Doll (Headmistress Press)
  • Carolyn Boll, Social Dance (Headmistress Press)
  • Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, Arrival (Triquarterly), Raw Air (Fly By Night Press), Night When Moon Follows (Long Shot Productions), Convincing the Body (Vintage Entity Press)
  • Elizabeth Bradfield, Interpretive Work (Arktoi Books)
  • Dionne Brand, The Blue Clerk: Ars Poetica in 59 Versos (Duke University Press)
  • Nicole Brossard, aube à la saison and These Our Mothers (translated by Barbara Godard)
  • Farrell Greenwald Brennan, Diatribe from the Library (Headmistress Press)
  • Yoseli Castillo Fuertes, De eso sí se habla / Of That, I Speak
  • Sarah Caulfield, Spine (Headmistress Press)
  • Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Rocket Fantastic (Persea Books)
  • Audrey Carroll, Queen of Pentacles (Choose the Sword Press)
  • Anne Carson (translator), If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho (Alfred A. Knopf)
  • Louve -ch, the wolf & her moon (UniqueRadiance)
  • Ching-in Chen, The Heart’s Traffic (Arktoi Books)
  • Staceyann Chin, Wildcat Woman
  • Franny Choi, Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody Publishing)
  • Cheryl Clarke, Narratives (Kitchen Table, Women of Color Press), By My Precise Haircut (The Word Works Press)
  • Elizabeth Colen, What Weaponry (Black Lawrence Press)
  • Flower Conroy, The Awful Suicidal Swans (Headmistress Press)
  • Dani Couture, Good Meat (Pedlar Press)
  • Cristie Cyane, demain j’y vais (Éditions Geneviève Pastre)
  • Elayna Mae Darcy, Unraveling Light (Magic Key Media)
  • marissa dahlson, Sunshine Girl: a collection of memories (CreateSpace)
  • Meg Day, Last Psalm at Sea Level (Barrow Street Press)
  • Wendy DeGroat, Beautiful Machinery (Headmistress Press)
  • Risa Denenberg, Whirlwind @ Lesbos (Headmistress Press)
  • Lori Desrosiers, Sometimes I Hear the Clock Speak (Salmon Poetry)
  • Natalie Diaz, When My Brother Was An Aztec (Copper Canyon Press)
  • Dinah Dietrich, Paper Cranes (Headmistress Press)
  • Lisa Dordal, Mosaic of the Dark (Black Lawrence Press)
  • Julie Enszer, Sisterhood (Sibling Rivalry Press), Avowed (Sibling Rivalry Press), Lilith’s Demons (A Midsummer Night’s Press)
  • Joshua Jennifer Espinoza, I’m Alive / It Hurts / I Love It (Boost House)
  • Laura Foley, Joy Street (Headmistress Press), Night Ringing (Headmistress Press)
  • t’ai freedom ford, how to get over (Red Hen Press)
  • Angélica Freitas, Rilke Shake, tr. Hilary Kaplan (Phoneme Media)
  • Diane Furtney, Riddle (Headmistress Press)
  • Celeste Gainey, The Gaffer (Arktoi Books)
  • Olivia Gatwood, New American Best Friend (Button Poetry)
  • Andrea Gibson, The Madness Vase (Write Bloody Publishing)
  • Jewelle Gomez, Oral Tradition (Firebrand Books)
  • Janice Gould, The Force of Gratitude (Headmistress Press)
  • Judy Grahn, Hanging On Our Own Bones (Arktoi Books)
  • Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity (Duke University Press)
  • Marilyn Hacker, Selected Poems (W. W. Norton & Co.)
  • Jane Eaton Hamilton, Love Will Burst into a Thousand Shapes Caitlin Press)
  • Milla van der Have, Ghosts of Old Virginny (Aldrich Press)
  • Eloise Klein Healy, A Wild Surmise (Red Hen Press)
  • Ellen Hopkins, Tricks (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
  • Leah Horlick, For Your Own Good (Caitlin Press)
  • JP Howard, Say/Mirror (The Operating System)
  • Jessica K. Hylton, The Great Scissor Hunt (Headmistress Press)
  • Candice Iloh, Catalyst 
  • Omotara James, Daughter Tongue (APBF & Akashic Books), Mama Wata (Siren Songs & CCM Press)
  • Jenny Johnson, In Full Velvet (Sarabande Books)
  • Jackie Kay, Darling (Bloodaxe Books)
  • Joy Ladin, Fireworks in the Graveyard (Headmistress Press)
  • Amy Lauren, Prodigal (Bottlecap Press), God With Us (Headmistress Press)
  • Frances Glessner Lee, Doll Studies: Forensics (Black Lawrence Press)
  • Ruth Lehrer, Tiger Laughs When You Push (Headmistress Press)
  • Kathryn Leland, I Wear the Only Garden I’ve Ever Grown (Headmistress Press)
  • Jill McDonough, Reaper (Alice James Books)
  • Rachel McKibbens, blud (Copper Canyon Press)
  • Maureen N. McLane, Some Say (Farrar, Strauss, & Giroux)
  • Mary Meriam, The Lillian Trilogy (Headmistress Press)
  • Constance Merritt, Blind Girl Grunt (Headmistress Press)
  • Jane Miller, Who Is Trixie the Trasher? And Other Questions (Copper Canyon Press)
  • Deborah A. Miranda, The Zen of La Llorona (Salt Publishing)
  • Cherríe Moraga, Loving in the War Years: lo que nunca pasó por sus labios (South End Press)
  • G.L. Morrison, Chiaroscuro Kisses (Headmistress Press)
  • Eileen Myles, I Must Be Living Twice (Ecco)
  • Lesléa Newman, I Carry My Mother (Headmistress Press)
  • Alix Olson, Built Like That: The Word and Independence Meal: The Ingredients
  • Trace Peterson, Since I Moved (Chax Press)
  • Jennifer Angelina Petro, A Life Lived With Wings (CreateSpace), Transcendencies (CreateSpace)
  • Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Bodymap (Mawenzi House Publishers)
  • Sarah Pinder, Common Place (Coach House Books)
  • Samantha Pious (translator), A Crown of Violets: Selected Poems of Renée Vivien (Headmistress Press)
  • Cassie Pruyn, Lena (Texas Tech University Press)
  • Sina Queyras, My Ariel (Coach House Books)
  • Shivanee Ramlochan, Everyone Knows I Am A Haunting (Peepal Tree Press)
  • Rita Mae Reese, The Book of Hulga (Arktoi Books), The Alphabet Conspiracy (Arktoi Books)
  • Verónica Reyes, Chopper! Chopper (Arktoi Books)
  • Jen Rouse, Acid and Tender (Headmistress Press)
  • Kay Ryan, The Best of It: New and Selected Poems (Grove Press)
  • Trish Salah, Lyric Sexology Vol. 1 (Roof Books)
  • Raquel Salas Rivera, oropel/tinsel (Lark Books & Writing Studio), huequitos/holies (La Impresora)
  • Metta Sáma, After ‘Sleeping to Dream’/After After (Nous-zot Press)
  • Ollie Renee Schminkey, The Taste of Iron
  • Venus Selenite, trigger (CreateSpace)
  • Warsan Shire, Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth (flipped eye publishing limited)
  • Shye, Salutations to the Dawn
  • Danez Smith, Don’t Call Us Dead (Graywolf Press), Boy (YesYesBooks)
  • Pamela Sneed, Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom Than Slavery (Henry Holt), KONG And Other Works (Vintage Entity Press)
  • Jan Steckel, The Horizontal Poet (Zeitgeist Press)
  • Carter Steinmann, Sticky (Headmistress Press)
  • Lynn Strongin, The Burn Poems (Headmistress Press), A Bracelet of Honeybees (Headmistress Press)
  • Kai Cheng Thom, A Place Called No Homeland (Pulp Arsenal Press)
  • Gail Thomas, Odd Mercy (Headmistress Press)
  • Ann Tweedy, The Body’s Alphabet (Headmistress Press)
  • Julene Tripp Weaver, Truth Be Bold (Finishing Line Books)
  • Valerie Wetlaufer, Mysterious Acts By My People (Sibling Rivalry Press), Call Me By My Other Name (Sibling Rivalry Press)
  • Arisa White, You’re the Most Beautiful Thing that Happened (Augury Books)
  • Rachel Wiley, Nothing Is Okay (Button Poetry)
  • Shannon Connor Winward, Undoing Winter (Finishing Line Press)
  • Abe Louise Young, Heaven To Me (Headmistress Press)
  • Sandra Yannone, top (Bigelow Press)
  • Carina Yun, On Loving a Saudi Girl (Headmistress Press)

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