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Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme

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Publisher Comments:

Lambda Literary Award finalist

American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book

In the summer of 2009, butch writer and storyteller Ivan Coyote and gender researcher and femme dynamo Zena Sharman wrote down a wish-list of their favourite queer authors; they wanted to continue and expand the butch-femme conversation. The result is Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme. The stories in these pages resist simple definitions. The people in these stories defy reductive stereotypes and inflexible categories. The pages in this book describe the lives of an incredible diversity of people whose hearts also pounded for some reason the first time they read or heard the words "butch" or "femme."

Contributors such as Jewelle Gomez (The Gilda Stories), Thea Hillman (Intersex), S. Bear Bergman (Butch is a Noun), Chandra Mayor (All the Pretty Girls), Amber Dawn (Sub Rosa), Anna Camilleri (Brazen Femme), Debra Anderson (Code White), Anne Fleming (Anomaly), Michael V. Smith (Cumberland), and Zoe Whittall (Bottle Rocket Hearts) explore the parameters, history, and power of a multitude of butch and femme realities. It's a raucous, insightful, sexy, and sometimes dangerous look at what the words butch and femme can mean in todays ever-shifting gender landscape, with one eye on the past and the other on what is to come.

Includes a foreword by Joan Nestle, renowned femme author and editor of The Persistent Desire: A Femme-Butch Reader, a landmark anthology originally published in 1992.

Ivan E. Coyote is the author of seven books (including the novel Bow Grip, an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book) and a long-time muser on the trappings of the two-party gender system.

Zena Sharman is the assistant director of Canada's national Institute of Gender and Health.

Book News Annotation:

Butch writer and storyteller Coyote and femme gender researcher Sharman gather forty essays and personal narratives. Joan Nestle, author of The Persistent Desire: A Femme-Butch Reader, providing the foreward. Each essay is followed by a brief author's bio. These pieces give a poetic, personal, interesting and insightful glimpse at the different facets of "butch" and "femme" as experienced by each writer. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

A powerful and moving anthology of essays on butch and femme identities, inspired by Joan Nestle's The Persistent Desire.

Synopsis:

In the twenty-first century, the definitions of butch and femme have evolved and expanded along with other LGBT identities. Some twenty years after the publication of Joan Nestle's groundbreaking The Persistent Desire: A Femme-Butch Reader, Persistence features leading queer authors and thinkers reflecting on what butch and femme mean to them today.

The book is the result of an ongoing conversation between butch writer and storyteller Ivan E. Coyote, and gender researcher and femme dynamo Zena Sharman; both had found solace in and been shaped by Nestle's book during their own coming out adventures. Contributors such as Jewelle Gomez (The Gilda Stories), Thea Hillman (Intersex), S. Bear Bergman (Butch is a Noun), Chandra Mayor (All the Pretty Girls), Amber Dawn (Sub Rosa), Anna Camilleri (Brazen Femme), Debra Anderson, Jeanne Cordova, Michael V. Smith, and Zoe Whittall explore the parameters of gender identity in the context of butch and femme: a raucous, insightful, sexy, and sometimes dangerous look at what the words butch and femme can mean in today's ever-shifting gender landscape, with one eye on the past and the other on what is to come.

Ivan E. Coyote is the author of seven books (including the novel Bow Grip, an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book) and a long-time muser on the trappings of the two-party gender system.

Zena Sharman is the assistant director of Canada's national Institute of Gender and Health.

About the Author

Ivan E. Coyote: Ivan E. Coyote is the author of six books, including the award-winning novel Bow Grip and the story collections The Slow Fix and Missed Her; Ivan has also released two spoken-word CDs and four short films. A renowned storyteller, Ivan frequently performs live across Canada and the US.

Zena Sharman: Zena Sharman is a queer femme who works in gender and health research and is in the midst of completing her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781551523972
Author:
Coyote, Ivan E
Publisher:
Arsenal Pulp Press
Author:
Coyote, Ivan E.
Author:
Sharman, Zena
Subject:
Lesbian Studies
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , A powerful and moving anthology of essays on butch and femme identities, inspired by Joan Nestle's The Persistent Desire.
"Synopsis" by , In the twenty-first century, the definitions of butch and femme have evolved and expanded along with other LGBT identities. Some twenty years after the publication of Joan Nestle's groundbreaking The Persistent Desire: A Femme-Butch Reader, Persistence features leading queer authors and thinkers reflecting on what butch and femme mean to them today.

The book is the result of an ongoing conversation between butch writer and storyteller Ivan E. Coyote, and gender researcher and femme dynamo Zena Sharman; both had found solace in and been shaped by Nestle's book during their own coming out adventures. Contributors such as Jewelle Gomez (The Gilda Stories), Thea Hillman (Intersex), S. Bear Bergman (Butch is a Noun), Chandra Mayor (All the Pretty Girls), Amber Dawn (Sub Rosa), Anna Camilleri (Brazen Femme), Debra Anderson, Jeanne Cordova, Michael V. Smith, and Zoe Whittall explore the parameters of gender identity in the context of butch and femme: a raucous, insightful, sexy, and sometimes dangerous look at what the words butch and femme can mean in today's ever-shifting gender landscape, with one eye on the past and the other on what is to come.

Ivan E. Coyote is the author of seven books (including the novel Bow Grip, an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book) and a long-time muser on the trappings of the two-party gender system.

Zena Sharman is the assistant director of Canada's national Institute of Gender and Health.

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