For a side of queer Portland ignored by mainstream indie icons like Gus van Sant, read Sassafras Lowrey's debut novel pubbing today Roving Pack. Ze is editor of the award winning anthology Kicked Out and the forthcoming revisionist story collection Leather Ever After. Hir site says "Roving Pack is set in an underground world of homeless queer teens. The stories follow the daily life of Click, a straight-edge transgender kid searching for community, identity, and connection amidst chaos. As the stories unfold, we meet a pack of newly sober gender rebels creating art, families and drama in dilapidated punk houses across Portland, Oregon. Roving Pack offers fast-paced in-your-face accounts of leather, sex, hormones, house parties, and protests. But, when gender fluidity takes an unexpected turn, the pack is sent reeling."
Already the book has been praised by S. Bear Bergman, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, Kate Bornstein, Zoe Whittall, Cristy C. Road, and Kristyn Dunnion who writes, "Fucking A. Sassafras Lowrey takes ‘queer punk’ to a whole new level of insidious drama. Roving Pack cracks out the microscope to examine this Portland-based scene circa 2002 – whether or not the rest of the world can take it. My guess? Hella no!"
Sassafras will read at Bluestockings on October 12.