Anthology contributions

My essays and stories have been included in these anthologies.

Trans-Galactic Bike Ride, Letters for my Brothers, and Balancing on the Mechitza were recognized by Lambda Literary.


The Trail of His Flames

It Came From the Closet: Queer Reflections on Horror. Feminist Press: 2022.

In the audiobook, my essay is narrated by Em Grosland. Great news: AudioFile Magazine recognized this anthology for its “notable performances,” calling out Em’s narration specifically. It is a great performance!
Goodreads callouts of this essay:
2022: Oct 8, Oct 25, Nov 8, Dec 15
2023: Jan 12, Mar 11, Mar 12, Mar 19, Apr 16

Magazines talking about the book
* A review in Cineaste Magazine, Spring 2023
* “The Queer Experience and Horror Movies — Talking with Joe Vallese about ‘It Came From the Closet’,” Kilian Melloy, Edge, February 3, 2023
* “‘It Came From the Closet’ Eyeballs Horror and the Terrible Queer Truth,” Eleni Vlahiotis, Pop Matters, January 17, 2023
* “In It Came from the Closet, queer writers reflect on the horror movies that have influenced, enticed, or repelled them” (paywalled), Steven Beattie, That Shakespearean Rag, October 31, 2022
* “Normality Is Monstrous: On It Came from the Closet: Queer Reflections on Horror,” Matthew Cheney, The Mumpsimus, October 10, 2022
* “The Unexpected Power of Seeing Yourself as a Villain,” Mary Retta, The Atlantic, October 7, 2022
* “Monstrous Queerness: A Conversation Between Writers by Joe Vallese,” Bomb Magazine, October 5, 2022
* It Came From the Closet review, Abeni Jones, Autostraddle, October 4, 2022
* “Review,” Marina Garrido, Hear Us Scream, July 14, 2022

* Skylight Books podcast episode, October 31, 2022
* Hybrid Pub Scout podcast, Episode 71 (audio on Spotify) (transcript), September 28, 2022

In August 2022, this anthology raised $18,000 through Kickstarter!


Lucy Doesn’t Get Angry

Trans-Galactic Bike Ride: Feminist Bicycle Science Fiction Stories of Transgender and Nonbinary Adventurers. Microcosm: 2020.
Lambda Literary 2021 finalist

Crack Horse Race

Letters for my Brothers: Transitional Wisdom in Retrospect. Edited by Megan Rohrer and Zander Keig. Wilgefortis: 2010.
Lambda Literary 2012 finalist

Past readings:

  • San Francisco, Calif., hosted by the Lou Sullivan Society (Jan. 9, 2011)
  • The Trans Health Conference (THC, Philadephia, Pa., June 2011)
  • The Gender Odyssey conference (Seattle, Wa., August 2011)

Hearing beneath the Surface:

Crossing Gender Boundaries at the Ari Mikveh

Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in Jewish Community. Edited by Noach Dzmura. North Atlantic Books: 2010.
Lambda Literary 2011 winner – “Transgender Nonfiction” category

The essay was originally published in Zeek, March 2007. Lambda’s Feb. 15, 2011 review by S. Bear Bergman calls the essay “not only a good story but so well-written it made me catch my breath”. See also the review published by the Association of Jewish Libraries.


  • San Francisco, Calif. (May 26, 2011)
  • Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, Calif. (Dec. 2, 2010)
  • Congregation Rodeph Shalom, Philadelphia, Penn. (Jun. 2, 2010)


Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity. Edited by Matt Bernstein Sycamore. Seal Press, 2006.

An April 2007 review in the San Francisco Chronicle called “Hat” “the standout essay in this collection”.

Taught in Syracuse University’s Fall 2007 and Fall 2008 course “Stranger Than Fiction: LGBT Creative Nonfiction” (WRT 422/QSX 422). Professor: Minnie Bruce Pratt.

Taught in MIT’s Spring 2009 course “Passing: Flexibility in Race and Gender” (SP.269 / ESG.SP269). Instructor: Rachel Elizabeth Dillon.

Comparative Analysis of “The Veil” and “Hat,” a “Prezi” by Katie Tuchel, Dec. 4, 2012.

Cited in “Je suis une Schtroumpfette!”: Reading Transgender and Transsexual Identities in Children’s Comics: Peyo’s “Smurfs” and “La Schtroumpfette” Sergio I. Lagman, Jr.  University of Louisiana at Lafayette dissertation, 2014.

American Transsexual Sacrifice

From the Inside Out: Radical Gender Transformation, FTM and Beyond. Edited by Morty Diamond. Manic D Press, Inc., 2004.

This essay was highlighted in “Transitioning FTM (Female to Male)” by Shain Pryce in the Black Queer Youth (BQY) Initiative’s zine “Where We Stand” (Toronto, 2008).

A short quotation was also cited in Harlan E. Weaver’s Ph.D. dissertation “Thinking and Feeling with ‘Trans Affect’,” UC Santa Cruz, June 2012.

The Headache is in Your Head

Finding the Real Me. Edited by Tracie O’Keefe and Katrina Fox. Jossey-Bass, 2003.

Taught in the Spring 2004 course “Transgenderism” (WS 385) at Wells College (Aurora, New York). Professor: Vic Muñoz.

Short quotations from this essay were used in an Anthropology thesis about transgender identity by Dionysius S.S. Reid at the University of Queensland in 2007 (to introduce the “Glossary and Acronyms” section) and in a Philosophy thesis by Jennie Barnsley at the University of Birmingham in 2013.

How Many Genders Fit in a Women’s College?

[Becoming]: Young ideas on gender, identity, and sexuality. Edited by Diane Anderson-Minshall and Gina de Vries. Foreword by Zoe Trope. Xlibris, 2004.

Book review by Malinda Lo, (offline), Dec. 27, 2004