Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature

Sovereign Erotics A Collection of Two Spirit Literature 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

  • Title: Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature
  • Author: Qwo-Li Driskill Daniel Heath Justice Lisa Tatonetti Deborah A. Miranda
  • ISBN: 9780816502424
  • Page: 204
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 LTwo 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 Spirt 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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    1. Daniel Heath Justice’s contribution to this anthology is a truly amazing fantasy short story. When was the last time you read queer Native fantasy? What about a fantasy where a trans feminine person was the main character? Never, that’s when. Oh, and what a beginning this story has: “The fire past the delicate threshold of taut and tender flesh, cresting at his skin, licking down his arms, legs, and belly, the longed-for burn like a heady whirlwind through his senses, a dizzy mingling of p [...]

    2. Short review to mention that I loved this anthology. The wide range in genres, approaches, and literary voices were great, I also found the organization into broad categories helpful when reading through. I advise anyone studying queer studies and/or Indigenous studies to read this anthology. It is great having a more contemporary anthology written by two-spirit authors.

    3. What a wonderfully diverse, beautifully inclusive collection Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-spirit Literature is! I was fortunate enough to have the chance to review an advance copy of the book, and it provided me with countless hours of both entertainment and thoughtful reflection. I had hoped to get a review posted before it hit stores, to help generate some advance buzz, but I just couldn't force myself to rush through it. There's such a wide range of authors, styles, and content here [...]

    4. Looked interesting but was rather incoherent, even though it was purported to be organized into themed sections. "Sovereign Erotics" has to be among the worst book titles of all times. Also, at times I completely forgot that this was a "two-spirited" collection, because many of the selections had no overt queer content. I realize the new trend in queer literature is that queer writers are supposed to be expressing their queerness no matter what they are writing about. The point is debatable (wri [...]

    5. This is a much-needed collection of Native American and First Nations people who are LGBTQ2, many of whom are trying to connect to the traditions of their Nations in an attempt to understand their Two-Spiritedness from a tribal perspective. Colonization so distorted most Nations ideas about gender and sexuality, reducing it to a Christian formula of man/woman - a categorization that mainstream society is realizing is not accurate. I am enjoying work by Michele Kenny, Paula Gunn Allen, Craig Woma [...]

    6. A beautiful, deeply moving, expansive collection of writings. Each writer's voice is distinct and tremendous in their own way. I highly recommend it.

    7. "Sovereign Erotics is for those who—like so many of us—had no role models, no one to tell us that we were valuable human beings just as we are. This project is by and for the People. Our hope is that this collection can push on the past while making a contribution toward a healthier and more respectful future." —Introduction, Sovereign EroticsSovereign Erotics, edited by Qwo-Li Driskill, Daniel Heath Justice, Deborah Miranda, and Lisa Tatonetti, well reflects the diversity of Native gay, l [...]

    8. Worth the read.Below are the excerpts I treasured:From Maurice Kenny's short story "Contacts": "America is a bromide which is synonymous with a lie" (121).From Janet McAdams' "The Door of the Devil": "She could never get used to the night sky here. In Oklahoma, the summers were so humid the air hung thick and cloudy between the stars and anyone on the ground" (134). & "Stay and starve or go . . . or lie down finally, into the long wound of hunger that has always been your life" (138). From D [...]

    9. Anthology by two-spirited authors that I found tedious. Most of the selections deal with memory/history, legends and lore that are not well defined and not what my uneducated thought regarding this genre had much to do with being two-spirited. Cheryl Savageau and William Raymond Taylor entries stand out.

    10. An incredibly beautiful and important collection of the artistic work of the Native LGBTQ2 community. Despite the fictional element, this collection brings to light many of the issues and struggles that the two-spirit community faces in Colonial America.

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