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If You Haven’t Seen

by Edith Campbell Back in October 2015 my daughter shared news with me about the book Large Fears by Myles Johnson and Kendrick Daye and I was so excited that I posted about it on FaceBook. I was easily engaged by the artwork and intrigued by the story of a young black boy who daydreamed [...]

By | June 22nd, 2016|Archive, Blogathon 2016, Guest Blogs, Teachers & Librarians|Comments Off on If You Haven’t Seen

Bury Your Cliches

by Kiersten White Although as the And I Darken trilogy progresses the stakes get higher (that’s a little Vlad the Impaler humor for you), here are two things I can promise you: 1. There will be no vampires. 2. No lesbians will die. Now, maybe that sucks out some of the tension (not literally, because [...]

By | June 21st, 2016|Archive, Author Guest Blog, Blogathon 2016, Writers on Writing|Comments Off on Bury Your Cliches

4 Wishes for YA F/F Romance

by Kate Brauning I want to talk about nuance. I want to talk about sexy, and imperfection, and happily ever after. I want to talk about being a bisexual editor (and author) of queer YA and why every book I acquire is inclusive in some way, but I’m still looking for That F/F YA Romance. [...]

By | June 20th, 2016|Archive, Blogathon 2016, Publishing People|Comments Off on 4 Wishes for YA F/F Romance

A Particular Invisibility

by Kayla Whaley The first essay I ever submitted won an award. A group of writing professors at my university read the piece, described it as written with “delicate emotion,” and handed me a check along with the certificate. I called home as soon as I found out, literally breathless with the news. I told [...]

By | June 19th, 2016|Archive, Author Guest Blog, Blogathon 2016, Writers on Writing|Comments Off on A Particular Invisibility

Never Am I Whole

by Wesaun  There’s nothing more exciting than the prospect of finally seeing myself in the books I read except, oh wait, I never do. I look and look and search and search and all that meets me is a gap, all that meets me is the laughter track as if I am on a comedy [...]

By | June 18th, 2016|Archive, Blogathon 2016, Guest Blogs, Readers on Reading, Teen Voices, Writers on Writing|Comments Off on Never Am I Whole

What’s Your Queery? Advocacy & Inclusivity in Teen Library Services

by Candice  Happy LGBTQIA Heritage Month and happy 5th anniversary, Gay YA!! I am so honored to have been invited to contribute to Gay YA’s awesome Pride Month and anniversary blogathon! As the President of the Young Adult Library Services Association and the Senior Librarian of systemwide Teen Services at the Los Angeles Public Library, [...]

By | June 17th, 2016|Archive, Blogathon 2016, Teachers & Librarians|Comments Off on What’s Your Queery? Advocacy & Inclusivity in Teen Library Services

Where They Never Bothered to Go: Hiding Queer YA from the Mainstream

by Shaun David Hutchinson  To say I've been overwhelmed by the response to my latest book, We Are the Ants, is a bit of an understatement.  I didn't start out writing books with queer narrators.  It wasn't until my third book that I worked up the nerve to do so (and that courage came in [...]

By | June 16th, 2016|Archive, Author Guest Blog, Blogathon 2016, Writers on Writing|Comments Off on Where They Never Bothered to Go: Hiding Queer YA from the Mainstream

Editing Diversity in Chile – Part 2

by Daniela Cortés del Castillo  I’ve already covered the challenges I’ve faced at Loba Ediciones when trying to publish diversely. Now I’d like to speak briefly about what happens when I change my hat and become an editor working with an author. Editing with intersectional feminism in mind is not easy. You carry around a lot [...]

By | June 15th, 2016|Archive, Blogathon 2016, Guest Blogs, Publishing People|Comments Off on Editing Diversity in Chile – Part 2

Publishing Diversity in Chile – Part 1

by Daniela Cortés del Castillo I thought about writing this guest post about my experiences as a young reader and how, as a teenager, there were no kidslikeme in the books I read, and how fantastic and helpful for my sense of self it would have been if there were. Now, all of these things [...]

By | June 14th, 2016|Archive, Blogathon 2016, Guest Blogs, Publishing People|Comments Off on Publishing Diversity in Chile – Part 1

At the Crossroads of Identity: Intersectionality in Queer YA

by Tristina Wright  The other day a friend sent me the link to a book review. It was short—maybe a few sentences—but one phrase in particular stood out to me: “…too diverse for me.” The phrase was in reference to the main character’s gender identity, skin color, and sexual orientation. Merely three points of identity. [...]

By | June 13th, 2016|Archive, Author Guest Blog, Blogathon 2016|Comments Off on At the Crossroads of Identity: Intersectionality in Queer YA