Queer Voices of the South: The Year In Review (2021)


In this episode of Queer Voices of the South, co-hosts Morris Ardoin and John Marszalek look back at the books and authors they covered in 2021.

January: Black Queer Freedom – Spaces of Injury and Paths of Desire, by GerShun Avilez, University of Illinois Press

March: Queer Anxieties of Young Adult Literature and Culture, by Derritt Mason, University Press of Mississippi

March: Brown Trans Figurations – Rethinking Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Chicanx/Latinx Studies, by Francisco J. Galarte, University of Texas Press

March: Morris Kight: Humanist, Liberationist, Fantabulist – A Story of Gay Rights and Gay Wrongs, by Mary Ann Cherry, Process Media

April: Alternate Channels – Queer Images on 20th Century TV, by Steven Capsuto, Capsuto Books & Translation Services

April: Poor Queer Studies – Confronting Elitism in the University, by Matt Brim, Duke University Press

May: The Healing Otherness Handbook – Overcome the Trauma of Identity-Based Bullying and Find Power in Your Difference, by Stacee L. Reicherzer, New Harbinger

June: Rising and Other Stories, by Gale Massey, Bronzeville Books

June: The Lexington Six – Lesbian and Gay Resistance in 1970s America, by Josephine Donovan, University of Massachusetts Press

August: Gay, Catholic, and American – My Legal Battle for Marriage Equality and Inclusion, by Gregory Bourke, University of Notre Dame Press

September: Saved by a Song – The Art and Healing Power of Songwriting, by Mary Gauthier, St. Martin’s Publishing

October: Cruising for Conspirators – How a New Orleans DA Prosecuted the Kennedy Assassination as a Sex Crime, by Alecia P. Long, University of North Carolina Press

October: A Lesbian Belle Tells – Outrageous Southern Stories of Family, Loss, and Love, by Elizabeth McCain, Crystal Heart Imprints

November: My Buddha is Pink – Buddhism from a LGBTQI Perspective, by Richard Harrold, Sumeru Press

November: Mississippi Barking – Hurricane Katrina and a Life That Went to the Dogs, by Chris McLaughlin, University Press of Mississippi

November: Queer As All Get Out: 10 People Who've Inspired Me, by Shelby Criswell, Street Noise Books

Morris Ardoin is the author of Stone Motel – Memoirs of a Cajun Boy (2020, University Press of Mississippi), which was optioned for TV/film development in 2021. A communications practitioner for nonprofits in the health care, immigration/asylum, and higher education sectors, his work has appeared in national and international media. He divides his time between New York City and Cornwallville, New York, where he does most of his writing. His blog, “Parenthetically Speaking,” which focuses on life as a writer, home cook, and Cajun New Yorker, can be found at www.morrisardoin.com. Twitter: @morrisardoin Instagram: morrisardoin.

John F. Marszalek III is the author of Coming Out of the Magnolia Closet: Same-Sex Couples in Mississippi (2020, University Press of Mississippi), named the 2020 Digital Book World Best Nonfiction Book and Best Book Published by a University Press. John is a National Certified Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor in Mississippi. He has been a counselor educator for over 20 years and is currently clinical faculty of the online clinical mental health counseling program at Southern New Hampshire University. He received his PhD in counselor education at Mississippi State University. Before moving back to Mississippi, John lived in Buffalo, NY, Washington, DC, Fort Lauderdale, FL, and New Orleans, LA. John lives with his husband in Starkville, Mississippi.

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