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Sassafras Lowrey is a queer international award winning author, artist, storyteller and educator. Ze believes that everyone has a story to tell, and that the telling of stories is essential in the creation of social change. In 2004 In Other Words Feminist Bookstore honored hir as one of the top emerging writers in the Portland Oregon area. In both 2009 and 2012 GO Magazine honored hir as one of the 'top 100 women we love, and recently Sassafras Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund for Fiction.

Sassafras is the editor of the two time American Library Association honored, and Lambda Literary Finalist Kicked Out anthology ( released in 2010. Kicked Out brought together the voices of current and former homeless LGBTQ youth from around the country. Sassafras' highly anticipated debute novel Roving Pack ( was released in October 2012. Sassafras is currently editing Leather Ever After a BDSM retelling of fairy tales to be released in early 2013.

Sassafras is a contributing author to numerous anthologies which include Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, Queer Girls In Class, Trans/Love, Say Please, Femmethology, and 50 Writers on 50 Shades amongst others. Ze is a monthly columnist for Curve magazine and writes regularly for a variety of blogs and print media outlets including Lambda Literary online.

Sassafras grew up in rural and semi-rural Oregon and began writing as a teenager after leaving home and making hir way to Portland. Ze became an active member of the city's expansive zine community self-publishing dozens of zines, and running the city's only queer open mic zine read for many years. During this time ze began facilitating memoir based writing workshops for LGBTQ youth and developed a passion for holding space for other queer beings to bring stories of struggle, survival, and love to life on the page. Sassafras regularly facilitates writing and storytelling workshops for colleges, conferences, and for community groups such as youth programs and homeless shelters across America, and believes very strongly in the transformative power of storytelling for marginalized queer communities.

Sassafras lives in Brooklyn, New York with hir partner, two dogs of very different sizes and two cats who keep everyone in line.

Roving Pack won a 2013 Rainbow Award as Best Transgender Novel.

Further Readings:

Roving Pack by Sassafras Lowrey
Paperback: 358 pages
Publisher: PoMo Freakshow (June 30, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0985700904
ISBN-13: 978-0985700904
Amazon: Roving Pack

Click, a straight-edge transgender kid, is searching for hir place within a pack of newly sober gender rebels in the dilapidated punk houses of Portland, Oregon circa 2002. Ze embarks on a dizzying whirlwind of leather, sex, hormones, house parties, and protests until hir gender fluidity takes an unexpected turn and the pack is sent reeling.

More Rainbow Awards at my website:, Rainbow Awards/2013


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