The Collection

A dynamic composite of rising stars, The Collection represents the depth and range of tomorrow’s finest writers chronicling transgender narratives. 28 authors from North America converge in a single volume to showcase the future of trans literature and the next great movements in queer art.

Edited by Tom Léger & Riley MacLeod
Release Date:  October 16, 2012
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“In this timely and thought-provoking anthology,…28 authors shed light on the complexity of the transgender spectrum. Their offerings provide unique insights into the emotional uncertainties and quotidian struggles that accompany finding and embracing one’s identity in a world too often determined to impose traditional gender binaries…. [I]ts underlying message—that transgender experience is dynamic, valid, and worthy of fictive elucidation—makes the book more than worthwhile.”
Publisher’s Weekly, July 30, 2012

“A ground breaking anthology!”
The Skinny

“The must-have book of the Fall!”
Lambda Literary

“Red Durkin’s ‘A Roman Incident,’ about competitive eating, is worth the price alone”

“Léger and MacLeod’s volume introduces many lesser known, emerging writers that will undoubtedly be included in this 21st century ‘transgender vanguard.'”
Velvet Park

“One big step for transgender visibility in literature!”
Lambda Literary (review)

“…a vibrant tome, bursting with new ideas and just plain old good writing.”

“It’s excellent!”
Shelly’s Reviews

“Queer literature is so often about the coming out narrative, THE COLLECTION goes beyond that–way beyond. It is an incredible compilation of stories from a diverse range of experiences for transfolks–FTM/MTF and in between, different ethnicities, city, rural and suburban, and stages of transition. The common thread amongst them is their humanity. Transfolks in THE COLLECTION are in three dimensions and whole. I found each story incredibly beautiful and touching. I certainly hope this isn’t the last Collection.”
—Bevin Branlandingham,

“The stories in The Collection will confound your ability to say or see this or that about the trans experience – as though there were only the one. The writers, Canadian and American, bring life to characters from many different points of the human experience. It doesn’t lean too hard to the transmasculine or transfeminine, and leaves plenty of room for those who would say they’re both – or neither. Nor are these all tales of the young, hip and educated – you’ll find here, too, tales of parenting, the closet, and aging as a trans person.” – Schlomo Steel,, winner of the 2011 Gertrude Press prize for “If I Go Now” (full review here)

Advance Praise

THE COLLECTION is a foundational, ground-breaking anthology that will serve as a primer for trans literature for years to come. Traveling across genres, experience, and including emerging and mid-career writers, Léger and MacLeod have made a significant contribution to contemporary literature.”
Sarah Schulman, author of After Delores and The Mere Future

“THE COLLECTION is a brave and important book—a smart, funny, sexy lineup of fresh stories that reflect a range of trans experiences and ideas. Carter Sickels and Stephen Ira, especially, wrote standout pieces, but the whole book is studded with gems.”
Cris Beam, author of Transparent and I am J

“This collection is clear proof that transgender people have gone beyond the mindset of embattled minority seeking acceptance to a vibrant culture crossing many boundaries.  These stories are varied, creative, with many points of view.  Just like transpeople ourselves.”
Rachel Pollack, author of A Secret Woman

THE COLLECTION is truly what literature needs—an honest collection of transgender identity, featuring voices of a million backgrounds. While thoughtful prose and queer identity weave these stories together, the diversity in the narrators’ experiences succeed in making THE COLLECTION real and telling.  Authors share their convictions via love, loss, family, culture, sexuality, work, a distaste for the world around us, and the drive to tell a story that could very well alter that world.”
Cristy C. Road, author of Bad Habits and Spit and Passion

“I loved this book. Most anthologies are hit or miss, like a mix tape made by someone who doesn’t know your tastes. This one shone from start to finish with quality and imaginative sparkle. THE COLLECTION is a vital contribution to a literary world that would rather overlook trans narratives. This book will make that impossible.”
—Zoe Whittall, author of Bottle Rocket Hearts and Holding Still for As Long As Possible,
Lambda Literary Award Winner 2011

“Content and craft unite closely together in THE COLLECTION.  Palpable transgender discourse and a burgeoning trans aesthetic permeate the page. However, these stories are not weighted with the theoretical or expository. Here trans is not explained, but imaginatively explored by twenty-eight emerging authors who are each unique and surefooted in their narrative prowess.

Like any good fiction, THE COLLECTION invites us to share an experience. The well-drawn protagonists range from heartbroken lovers to homeless outcasts to rebounding super heroes. Collectively, these characters move us from the icy bleakness of the Canadian Prairies to the desperation of a post-Katrina New Orleans. They show everything from the deeply personal nostalgia of childhood memories to the complex intimacy of the bedroom.”
Amber Dawn, author of Sub Rosa, Lambda Literary Award winner 2011

“I want you to read this book. You’ll see a lot of reviews about how you should read it because trans people struggle with the gender binary or because trans people are different or because transness bears some deep meaning in a world of Men and Women. Sure it does. But I want you to ignore those reviews.

You should read this book because it’s an amazing and deeply variegated survey of what 28 trans people were thinking about. When do we ever get to hear what trans people are thinking about? All we hear is what trans people are. What we mean in a world of Men and Women. Fuck that. Read this book because it is a profound act of respect to listen to what these people were thinking.”
—Annie Danger, performance artist, organizer of The Fully Functional Cabaret

“THE COLLECTION is honestly some of the best short fiction I’ve come across in quite some time. I have always searched for fiction that I can relate to and see myself in. I have often wished for stories with transgender characters – you know, that just happen to be transgender – but I am frequently disappointed by the traditional trans narratives.

What a relief! Finally a collection of creative voices that reflect the variety of experiences that we all share – drawing on the strength, passion, normalcy, and humor that is prevalent in everyday life. I currently run my own suicide prevention project in Denver, CO ( I work with youth that, like me, are hungry for voices that normalize and reflect their own lives and experiences. THE COLLECTION is this mirror, and I am certain that it will change the lives of many who will read it.”
—Dylan Scholinski, author of The Last Time I Wore A Dress

“THE COLLECTION has successfully articulated the many ways in which gender identity can be drawn upon in fiction. It hits the mark in being wholly entertaining while ushering in a new cast of talented writers who are putting their mark on trans/gender variant lit. Don’t just read it, spread the word: fantastic trans/gender variant short fiction is here!”
—Morty Diamond, editor of From The Inside Out and Trans/Love

Table of Contents

Imogen Binnie
I Met a Girl Named Bat Who Met Jeffrey Palmer
Carter Sickels
Ryka Aoki
To the New World
R. Drew
The Café
RJ Edwards
Black Holes
Casey Plett
Other Women
K. Tait Jarboe
A. Raymond Johnson
Tammy Faye
Donna Ostrowsky
The Queer Experiment
Terence Diamond
Tomboy of the Western World
Susan Jane Bigelow
Ramona’s Demons
Cyd Nova
An Exquisite Vulnerability
Red Durkin
A Roman Incident
Mikki Whitworth
Masks of a Superhero
Madison Lynn McEvilly
Stones Stand Still
Calvin Gimpelevich
Alice Doyle
Two Girls
Stephen Ira
To Do List for Morning
Katherine Scott Nelson
Winning the Tiger
MJ Kaufman
A Short History of My Genders
Elliott DeLine
Dean & Teddy
Sherilyn Connelly
Malediction and Pee Play
Noel Arthur Heimpel
War with Waking Up
Everett Maroon
M. Robin Cook
Oliver Pickle
Ride Home Under a Thunderstorm
Riley Calais Harris
Adam Halwitz
Power Out