Author Archives: Avery Cassell

About Avery Cassell

Avery Cassell is a genderqueer San Francisco writer, poet, cartoonist, and artist who grew up in Iran. They live with their Maine Coon cat, Lulu, and bake yeasted waffles every Sunday morning. Behrouz Gets Lucky is their first novel. You can find their erotic short stories sprinkled in various anthologies, including Best Lesbian Erotica 2015 and Sex Still Spoken Here. Avery is currently working on a book of more of Behrouz and Lucky's shenanigans, a memoir, and an illustrated early reader children's book about a eight year old transgender boy and his family.

Lambda and NLA Finalist! Unspeakably Erotic: Lesbian Kink

Unspeakably Erotic: Lesbian Kink is a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and the National Leather Association-International finalists in the Samois Anthology Award. What amazing honors! Unspeakably Erotic: Lesbian Kink, edited by DL King. Contributors to this anthology of hot lesbian … Continue reading

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Cherifa, Moroccan Butch

I finally got around to watching  Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles, directed by Jennifer Baichwal. I wanted to watch it because I’d heard that there was an interview in it with Cherifa (Amina Bakalia), writer Jane Bowles’ Moroccan butch … Continue reading

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BUTCH: Not Like the Other Girls by SD Holman

Although it’s never really left completely, butch identity is making a glorious comeback. Mia Jagpal and Telus Storyhive presents this documentary video about SD Holman and the making of her groundbreaking, gorgeous, photographic book, BUTCH: Not Like the Other Girls.

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Gladys Bentley, Butch Harlem Renaissance Blues Singer

Gladys Bentley AKA Bobbie Bentley, 1907 – 1960, USA. (Biography from the Butch Lesbians Coloring Book series) Gladys Bentley was a renowned blues singer during the 1920s and 30s, a pianist and entertainer during the Harlem Renaissance. Gladys played piano … Continue reading

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Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein Throw a Holiday Potluck

We did it; we submitted our little short to the Frameline Film Festival! Hopefully, you’ll see the gang on the big screen this summer during Pride week. We got to thinking, what if Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein threw … Continue reading

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