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Sovereign Erotics : A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature
by Qwo-li Driskill and Daniel Heath Justice and Deborah Miranda and Lisa Tatonetti


Overview - Two-Spirit people, identified by many different tribally specific names and standings within their communities, have been living, loving, and creating art since time immemorial. It wasn't until the 1970s, however, that contemporary queer Native literature gained any public notice.  Read more...

 
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More About Sovereign Erotics by Qwo-li Driskill; Daniel Heath Justice; Deborah Miranda; Lisa Tatonetti
 
 
 
Overview
Two-Spirit people, identified by many different tribally specific names and standings within their communities, have been living, loving, and creating art since time immemorial. It wasn't until the 1970s, however, that contemporary queer Native literature gained any public notice. Even now, only a handful of books address it specifically, most notably the 1988 collection Living the Spirit: A Gay American Indian Anthology. Since that book's publication twenty-three years ago, there has not been another collection published that focuses explicitly on the writing and art of Indigenous Two-Spirit and Queer people.

This landmark collection strives to reflect the complexity of identities within Native Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Two-Spirit (GLBTQ2) communities. Gathering together the work of established writers and talented new voices, this anthology spans genres (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and essay) and themes (memory, history, sexuality, indigeneity, friendship, family, love, and loss) and represents a watershed moment in Native American and Indigenous literatures, Queer studies, and the intersections between the two.

Collaboratively, the pieces in Sovereign Erotics demonstrate not only the radical diversity among the voices of today's Indigenous GLBTQ2 writers but also the beauty, strength, and resilience of Indigenous GLBTQ2 people in the twenty-first century.

Contributors: Indira Allegra, Louise Esme Cruz, Paula Gunn Allen, Qwo-Li Driskill, Laura Furlan, Janice Gould, Carrie House, Daniel Heath Justice, Maurice Kenny, Michael Koby, M. Carmen Lane, Jaynie Lara, Chip Livingston, Luna Maia, Janet McAdams, Deborah Miranda, Daniel David Moses, D. M. O'Brien, Malea Powell, Cheryl Savageau, Kim Shuck, Sarah Tsigeyu Sharp, James Thomas Stevens, Dan Taulapapa McMullin, William Raymond Taylor, Joel Waters, and Craig Womack

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780816502424
  • ISBN-10: 0816502420
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press
  • Publish Date: October 2011
  • Page Count: 223
  • Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.65 pounds

Series: First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies

Related Categories

Books > Literary Collections > Native American
Books > Literary Criticism > LGBT
Books > Literary Criticism > Native American

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-12-12
  • Reviewer: Staff

This stunning, lively, and intimate anthology of poems and short stories chronicles the experiences of American Indians who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and/or two-spirit—an umbrella term referring to "Native gender systems that are outside of colonial gender binaries" and native peoples who identify with these roles. Drawing from new and established authors alike, these 61 pieces run the gamut of emotion and subject. Paula Gunn Allen's breathtaking poem "Some Like Indians Endure" touches upon the social oppressions that overlap lesbian and Indian identities, Maurice Kenny's "Contacts" humorously takes apart white appropriation of Native identity, and Deborah Miranda's rollicking "Coyote Takes a Trip" is a modern Coyote tale that puts the trickster's attraction to a two-spirited man in the historical context of two-spirited people. At turns angry and wounded, sexy and joyous, hopeful and wistful, this outstanding anthology belongs on the shelves of all readers interested in contemporary American Indian writing and American LGBTQ topics. (Nov.)

 
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