Essay published by PBS Newshour

Last month, an editor of PBS Newshour talked with me about LGBTQ-issues in education in the South. One development from that conversation is an essay I wrote for the show’s “Teacher’s Lounge,” which curates an excellent collection of essays, pertinent to world events and classrooms. Here’s a link to my piece:

Audio Available for Reading at Indian Springs School

Last night, I read from The Queer South as part of the Indian Springs School Visiting Writers Series, along with contributor Eddie Outlaw.  We also screened a short film, “A Mississippi Love Story”–the subjects of the film are Eddie and his husband Justin.  They are business owners in Jackson, Mississippi, and I am pleased to have Eddie as a contributor to the anthology.

Visit to find an audio file of my reading, as well as Eddie’s.

You can watch a trailer for and rent “A Mississippi Love Story” here:

And purchase The Queer South anthology (free shipping with code FALL) here:

The Queer South is OUT!

This week saw the official release of The Queer South: LGBTQ Writers on the American South, a project I’ve been working on for the past two years.  The final product has 63 different writers and some incredible nonfiction and poetry in a book with a stunning cover (the handiwork of Hollie Chastain, who also did the cover art for He Will Laugh).

You can order the anthology from Sibling Rivalry Press directly at:

Here are two blurbs about the book:

Think about it: When have you been in the South and not had a queer experience, in any sense of that word? It’s got to be the queerest space on earth. Matter of fact, go ahead and strike Queer from the title of this book. These writers are talking about the The South, period.

– Aaron Alford, editor of Southern Humanities Review

 In The Queer South words emerge, blazing, from the red clay, the kudzu, the steaming rivers and creeks, and the sun-cracked city streets. Poems and essays wrestle the ghosts of history, ghosts that don’t fight fair, hurling religion, race, and gendered expectations, alternating between shouts of bravado and whispers of shame.Yet, these love poems, coming out stories, and, yes, even songs of rejection win by laying bare the skin of any reader’s heart.
 – Sandy Longhorn, author of The Alchemy of My Mortal Form
I am so glad that this work is out in the world!