Trans Womanist Literature

Trans Womanist Literature

Janet Mock, Author of Redefining Realness


The dominant white, patriarchal, and cis society silences marginalized groups across every medium, including literature. Still, it must be noted that trans people are also guilty of silencing minorities within their own community. Trans women of color are silenced in a variety of ways, such as their systematic exclusion and lack of representation in literature. This post, like the blog itself, aims to provide an intersectional lens. Below is a list of works of literature written by and about trans women of color. The corresponding links provide the most accessible way to view each piece. These narratives, taking shape in everything from sci-fi novels to collections of poetry, present diversity among trans voices.



Full Fathom Five: A Novel of the Craft Sequence – Max Gladstone.  E-book available for $3

Nameless Woman: An Anthology of Fiction by Trans Women of Color – Ellyn Peña, Jamie Berrout, and Venus Selenite.  E-book coming soon for $5

Small Beauty – Jia Ging Wilson-Yang.  Available in print for $13

Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir – Kai Cheng Thom.  Available in print for $13



Cooking In Heels: A Memoir Cookbook – Ceyenne Doroshow.  FREE E-book available

Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More – Janet Mock.  FREE E-book available

Queer & Trans Artists of Color: Stories of Some of our Lives – Nia King.  E-book available for $10



Seasonal Velocities – Ryka Aoki.  FREE E-book available

trigger – Venus Selenite.  Available in print for $16

Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics – TC Tolbert, ed.; Tim Trace Peterson, ed.  FREE E-book available