This was a good year for reading – or at least better than 2020! I read a total of 73 books, zines, graphic novels, etc. including: 33 with queer characters or by queer authors; at least 24 with POC main characters or by authors of color; 12 poetry collections; and 16 nonfiction books. I even got through most of my physical TBR pile from the beginning of the year, though it’s grown again thanks to holiday gifts. Guess I better get started on my 2022 list! ;)
So Our Idols Are Dead: Empowerment Poems – K.D. Hume
Between Death and the Devil: Tarot Poems – K.D. Hume
Gramarye, a Witch’s Perzine: Issues 1-4 – K.D. Hume
So Happy to See Cherry Blossoms: Haiku from the Year of the Great Earthquake and Tsunami – Ed. Mayuzumi Madoka
She and Her Cat – Makoto Shinkai and Tsubasa Yamaguchi
The Endless Possibilities of Beatrice – Annie Goodyear
Raven Goddess: Going Deeper with the Morrigan – Morgan Daimler
Goddess of the Hunt – Shelby Eileen
Up from the Sea – Leza Lowitz
Tsunami Vs the Fukushima 50: Poems – Lee Ann Roripaugh
Coffee with Orange Sherbet – S.E. Shell
The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota’s Garden – Heather Smith and Rachel Wada
I Survived: The Japanese Tsunami, 2011 – Lauren Tarshis
The Warrior Moon – K. R. Arsenault
Beyond Me – Anne Donwerth-Chikamatsu
Hathor: A Reintroduction to an Ancient Egyptian Goddess – Lesley Jackson
The Guest Cat – Takashi Hiraide
Alanna: The First Adventure (The Lioness Quartet Book 1) – Tamora Pierce
In the Hand of the Goddess (The Lioness Quartet Book 2) – Tamora Pierce
The Guilded Ones – Namina Forna
Cemetery Boys – Aiden Thomas
Educated – Tara Westover
Only the Sea Keeps: Poems of the Tsunami – Ed. Judith Robinson, Joan Bauer, Sankar Roy
The Woman Who Rides Like A Man (The Lioness Quartet Book 3) – Tamora Pierce
How Long Til Black Future Month? – N.K Jemesin
Lioness Rampant (The Lioness Quartet Book 4) – Tamora Pierce
Gramarye, a Witch’s Perzine: Issue 5 – K.D. Hume
Gramarye, a Witch’s Perzine: Issue 6 – K.D. Hume
Gramarye, a Witch’s Perzine: Issue 7 – K.D. Hume
Love Songs for the Sun: Poems – KD Hume
This Precious Life: Buddhist Tsunami Relief and Anti-Nuclear Activism in Post 3.11 Japan – Ed. Jonathan S. Watts
First Test (Protector of the Small Book 1) – Tamora Pierce
Page (Protector of the Small Book 2) – Tamora Pierce
Squire (Protector of the Small Book 3) – Tamora Pierce
Lady Knight (Protector of the Small Book 4) – Tamora Pierce
Valor and the Vain: A Fairytale – K. D. Hume
All Night Long: Haiku, Senryu, and Other Short Poems, and a Haibun on the Great Tohoku Earthquake – Kirby Record
Red Skies: A Creators Response to 2020 – Ed. Rachel Small and Amanda Edwards
The Last Girl Scout – Natalie Ironside
Where the Dead Pause and the Japanese Say Goodbye: A Journey – Marie Mutsuki Mockett
A Constellation of Cats – Ed. Denise Little
Where Shadows Lie (Book One of The Last Gift) – Allegra Pescatore
Find Your Goddess – Skye Alexander
I Sexually Identify As An Attack Helicopter – Isabel Falls
The World that Belongs to Us: An Anthology of Queer Poetry from South Asia – Ed. Aditi Angiras & Akhil Katyal
One Year on T: On Non-binary Sex and Transition – Sage Pantony
1.5 Years on T: My Non-binary Body, Transition, and Ambivalence – Sage Pantony
Unspeakable: A Queer Gothic Anthology – Ed. Celine Frohn
Coming Off of T: Transition As Cycle – Sage Pantony
Silk and Steel: A Queer Speculative Adventure Anthology – Ed. Janine Southard
Lead and Roses: Love Songs at the End of the World – Natalie Ironside
Full-Rip 9.0: The Next Big Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest – Sandy Doughton
Wild Magic (The Immortals Quartet Book 1) – Tamora Pierce
Wolf-Speaker (The Immortals Quartet Book 2) – Tamora Pierce
The Cruel Sister – KD Hume
Emperor Mage (The Immortals Quartet Book 3) – Tamora Pierce
The Realms of the Gods (The Immortals Quartet Book 4) – Tamora Pierce
Persons of Consequence – KD Hume
Great Goddesses: Life Lessons from Myths and Monsters – Nikita Gill
And the River Flowed As a Raft of Corpses: The Poetry of Yamaguchi Tsutomu, Survivor of Both Hiroshima and Nagasaki – Chad Diehl
Life Everlasting: The Animal Way of Death – Bernd Heinrich
Non-binary: Memoirs of Gender and Identity – Ed. Micah Rajunov, Scott Duane
Who By Water: Reflections of a Tsunami Psychologist – Ronna Kabatznick
The Luminous Dead – Caitlin Starling
From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death – Caitlin Doughty
Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster – Adam Higginbotham
Warning Lines Magazine Issue 2: Echo – Ed. Charlie D’Aniello
Hellebore Issue #1: The Sacrifice Issue – Ed. Maria J Perez Cuervo
Sorrowland: A Novel – Rivers Solomon
Skin of the Sea – Natasha Bowen
Girls of Fate and Fury (Girls of Paper and Fire Book 3) – Natasha Ngan
The Jaguar Princess – Clare Bell
Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster – David Lochbaum and The Union of Concerned Scientists
maybe he stands on the ledge so often (just take my hand, darling)
not so you’ll come stop him from jumping (why don’t you take mine, beloved?)
but so you’ll come give him the opportunity
(his smile a crescent moon)
to push you off
(sharp enough to cut your wrists on)
Hail to the animal dead!
Hail to the creatures with which we share this Earth
large and small, domesticated and wild,
livestock and house pet and feral.
You who suffered in cages and feedlots
who struggled to survive in a vanishing wilderness
may death bring merciful freedom
and may your agony be a yoke around our necks
so we might do better by your children.
Hail to the animal dead!
Hail to the ancestral dead! Hail to those ancestors with whom I share blood and to whom I am bound by love. Hail to those ancestors with whom I share identity and experience: queer, pagan, witch, neurodivergent, all of you ostracized for who and what you were. May you find joy in the life your descendant lives; may your hopes come to fruition in me and your memory be honored by my actions. Hail to the ancestral dead!
Hail to the stolen dead! Hail to those of you taken too soon by the evils of capitalism, colonialism, and fascism, by hatred and fear, greed and pride. Those of you stolen from your communities, ground beneath the heel of your oppressors, we vow to uphold your memory to fight against corruption and cruelty in hopes others may not share your fate. Hail to the stolen dead!
Hail to the disaster dead! Hail to those of you lost to mitigable and preventable disasters: to earthquakes, tsunamis, wildfires pandemics, droughts, famines. Hail to those taken before your time; may we learn from your loss and take the actions necessary to ensure others do not share your fate. Hail to the disaster dead!
Bring your queer loneliness to Bast; She will take you in Her arms and claim you as Her own. Bring your queer shame to Hathor; She will dance with you in nightclubs and march with you in parades. Bring your queer rage to Set; He will guard your back as the bricks and tear gas start flying. Bring your queer grief to Wepwawet; He will teach you how to carry your dead without breaking beneath their weight. Bring your queer love to the Netjeru; They will embrace you, uplift you, protect you and you will never walk alone again.
You cannibalize everything on Earth I value so I cannibalize everything in myself you value. You devour trees, swallow rivers I abolish gender, rescind sexuality. You consume precious resources I deny you obedience. You make the world unsafe//unwelcome//unkind so I make myself unavailable//undesirable//unforgiving. If you leave me nothing I will give you nothing. See? I can be a ravenous beast as well but I won’t be the one that starves first.
My 8th zine is here to rock your world! “Turn to geology on your deathbed“ is full of poetry, prose, and hand-drawn art celebrating the nature and lamenting our role in its destruction. Topics include geology, nature, disasters, climate change, environmental justice, and the burden of being alive in such a dark time. The work here is filled with grief, rage, awe, hope, and responsibility.
As always, you can find physical and digital versions of my zines in my Kofi shop! Physical copies are just $5 plus shipping and digital versions are free/pay-what-you-want.
Ah, the divine duality of man: that he may bend himself so studiously to the lifelong search for enlightenment yet still pass wind and pull his wedged robes from his bottom and in doing so find the very enlightenment he pursues!
[ An eccentric Buddhist monk told me this in a dream and I swear it was very important despite the toilet humor. ]
like a maiden plucking flower petals, so idly did She cast her raiment off striding naked into the pit of the underworld, proud head held high to welcome Her death with a queen’s grace, arms wide and eyes alight
My 6th and 7th zines are live! My Feral Lover, Serpent-Tongued and How Heavy That Crown are dedicated to my characters Tanim and Daren. Themes include queerness, obsessive love, tragedy, dark gods, etc. These zines are perfect for fans of Hannibal.
Devotion quarried the stones and raised the temples carved the statues and gilded the icons. Devotion preserved the myths and protected the tombs dusted off the altars and restored the artwork. Devotion carried their gods around the world and devotion carries them into the future.