Review: Fat and Queer Anthology edited by Bruce Owens Grimm, Miguel M. Morales and Tiff Joshua TJ Ferentini

We’re here. We’re queer. We’re fat.

Fat and Queer An Anthology of Queer and Trans Bodies and Lives


This one-of-a-kind collection of prose and poetry radically explores the intersection of fat and queer identities, showcasing new, emerging and established queer and trans writers from around the world.

Celebrating fat and queer bodies and lives, this book challenges negative and damaging representations of queer and fat bodies and offers readers ways to reclaim their bodies, providing stories of support, inspiration and empowerment.

Contributors include: Miguel M. Morales (Editor), Bruce Owens Grimm (Editor), Tiff Joshua T.J. Ferentini (Editor), Eddy Francisco Alvarez Jr., M.P. Armstrong, Jay Audrey, C. Adán Cabrera, Provvidenza Catalano, Fletcher Cullinane, Nore E. Derrington, Ruth Gibbs, Roy G. Guzmán, Leah Harris, Jonathan Hillman, Benny Kay Hope, D. Nolan Jefferson, Caleb Luna, Carmen Maria Machado, Edward Kelsey Moore, Ninamarie Ochoa, Nicole Oquendo, Emilia Phillips, Samantha Puc, Alyssa Roth, Alix Sanchez, Haley Sherif, L.J. Sitler, K.M. Steigleder, Jerome Stueart, Dan Vera, Sherre Vernon, and Aubrey Gordon.

In writing that is intimate, luminous and emotionally raw, this anthology is a testament to the diversity and power of fat queer voices and experiences, and they deserve to be heard.13

My thoughts

I have no objectivity for this review – sorry rainbows.

I am Fat and Queer.

Everything about these stories, poems, and truths is me. These writers are sharing my thoughts and feelings leaving me ripped open raw with their honesty. These voices who share their pain, their everyday, their accuser’s judgment are all me. I didn’t have a Jewish grandmother like Leah Harris, but I had an aunt. To hear my story, or part of it, come out of Harris’ is at once comforting and sad.

Where did I hide the potato chips?

I have to admit to having a good chuckle over Tiff Joshua TJ Ferlini’s conversation with their mther about how being born premature caused them to be queer. The following thought Ferentini had made me chuckle all day.

Man, Weight Watchers seems to have been involved in all of our lives. I gained weight on WW which is kind of funny.

I love Hannah Propp’s poem “To all the Fat Queers on the First Day of School.”

I identify with “Your Fat Friend.” As an activist I too have felt the frustration mixed with happiness when items pass or move one step closer. The emotional swings of activism are exhausting and then to still have friends and family be unsupportive in other ways. I feel you My Fat Friend Huge hugs.

Fat and Queer Anthology is a brilliant collection of heartfelt stories and truths that everyone should read. I am tired of trying to explain to thin, healthy, heterosexual, rainbow, single, coupled, and those with friends and family who I am or how I feel. Here is my diary…for I am all of them.

I received a free copy of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Further Details:

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 9781787755062, 21 May 2021

Pages: 304


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