Every book Camille Roy has ever written is a feat of imagination. The wayward young people whose lives her stories bear witness to apprehend atmospheres of cruelty and injustice in language you can feel before you understand. There’s a toughness to the writing, it beckons without innocence like a sly smile or conspiratorial wink. The seams of narrative are left exposed so that as a reader consuming someone else's past you can't avoid asking who am I using and what am I trying to gain.— From Alex's Picks
Honey Mine unfolds as both excavation and romp, an adventure story that ushers readers into a lesbian writer's coming of age through disorienting, unsparing, and exhilarating encounters with sex, gender, and distinctly American realities of race and class. From childhood in Chicago's South Side to youth in the lesbian underground, Roy's politics find joyful and transgressive expression in the liberatory potential of subculture. Find here, in these new, uncollected and out-of-print fictions by a master of New Narrative, a record of survival and thriving under conditions of danger.
About the Author
CAMILLE ROY is a San Francisco-based writer and performer of fiction, poetry, and plays. Her books include SHERWOOD FOREST (Futurepoem Books), Cheap Speech (Leroy), Craquer, (2nd Story Books), Swarm (Black Star Series), THE ROSY MEDALLIONS (Kelsey St Press) and COLD HEAVEN (O Books). Her recent work has been published in Amerarcana and Open Space (SFMoma blog). Roy has taught creative writing in multiple genres and forms at several institutions, most recently at San Francisco State University. ERIC SNEATHEN is a poet living in Oakland. His first collection, Snail Poems, was published by Krupskaya. With Daniel Benjamin he edited The Bigness of Things: New Narrative and Visual Culture and organized Communal Presence: New Narrative Writing Today. A Ph.D. candidate in Literature at UC Santa Cruz, he writes about the history of LGBT poetry and innovative writing of the San Francisco Bay Area. Essays can be found at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's Open Space platform, Social Text Online, and in From Our Hearts to Yours (ON, 2017), edited by Rob Halpern and Robin Tremblay-McGaw. LAUREN LEVIN is a poet and mixed-genre writer, author of The Braid (Krupskaya, 2016) and Justice Piece // Transmission (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2018). With Emji Spero, they were developmental editor for We Both Laughed in Pleasure: the Selected Diaries of Lou Sullivan edited by Ellis Martin and Zach Ozma (Timeless, Infinite Light/Nightboat). From 2011-2014, they co-edited the Poetic Labor Project blog. Their gender identity is some mix of belated queer, Jewish great-aunt, and aspirational Frank O'Hara. They are still figuring it out. They live in Richmond, CA, are from New Orleans, LA, and are committed to queer art, intersectional feminism, being a parent, and anxiety.