Blue, Too: More Writing by (for or about) Working-Class Queers contains work by twenty writers (Rigoberto González, Carter Sickels, John Gilgun, Judy Grahn, Tara Hardy, Keith Banner, and Renny Christopher, to name a few, who speak meaningfully-in short fiction, memoir, performance pieces, and prose poems-about queers in and from the working class.
Blue, Too entertains and challenges, but most of all provides a touchstone for queer working-class writers and readers, illuminating our realities, our struggles, and our resistance to assimilation and mental gentrification.
Blue, Too: More Writing by (for or about) Working-Class Queers contains some reader favorites from Everything I Have Is Blue (out of print since 2008) but includes nearly 400 pages of new material, including a reprint of a 1978 Judy Grahn story, a new translation from Italian, and excerpts from John Gilgun’s unpublished autobiography.
As a sourcebook for working-class and queer studies, meanwhile, Blue, Too features two special sections: “A Blue Study,” a guide for readers, writers, and scholars to using Blue, Too to examine the interlocking issues of queerness and social class, including discussion questions and prompts for writing and mini-research projects that connect the reader with working-class and LGBT scholarship; “Reading Blue,” an extensive annotated bibliography of more than 500 items that represents the first-ever attempt to create an exhaustive listing of materials related to queers and class; and “Class/Mates: Further Outings in the Literatures and Cultures of the Ga(y)ted Community,” an expanded theoretical and critical essay that reviews the history and present of working-class queers in literature, media, and pop culture.
“Blue, Too is, without a doubt, the authority on working-class queer writing in the English language.” (Lambda Literary Review)
“Book of the Year…. Ricketts’ (essay) ‘Class/Mates: Further Outings in the Literatures and Cultures of the Ga(y)ted Community’ is worth the price of the book.” (GayToday)
“[W]ill shatter your ideas of who and what queer people are.” (The Good Men Project)