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Broadening the Bookshelves: Getting to Know Queer Literature

A literary agent sheds light on her experience struggling for equality with queer literature in the publishing world.

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At the time of this printing, Ellen DeGeneres will have been out for 25 years. Is that an awfully flippant way to begin what is usually a serious literary column? Regretfully, it is what I, a cisgendered straight woman in her mid-40s, can offer in terms of my education about queerness and its place in the creative world. 

It also provides the backdrop for the interview I have with literary agent Sara Megibow of KT Literary, who has been a champion of queer literature nearly since DeGeneres’ famous on-screen moment with actor Laura Dern, in which DeGeneres’ sitcom character inadvertently uses the airport PA system to tell Dern’s character that she’s romantically interested. Megibow’s client list includes writers Casey McQuiston, whose novel Red, White & Royal Blue has been optioned by Amazon Studios for adaptation, and R.J. Hernández, a Lambda Literary Award finalist. [Ed. note: KT Literary’s founder, Kate Schafer Testerman, represents this column’s author.]

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