Refuse and I Know Very Well How I Got My Name are now available for the first time in a #Syracuse bookstore! Pick up a copy at Books & Melodies on James St in Eastwood! #readtransauthors #readlocalauthors #buylocal #trans #transgender #queer #lgbtq

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Summer Event Line-Up (So Far!)


OutWrite LGBT Book Festival

When: August 1-3, 2014

Where: The Reeves Center, Washington, DC

What: Selling and signing my books. Also selling second-hand queer, feminist, and classic literature. More details on possible reading TBA.


Queer Between the Covers

When: August 16, 2014

Where: Gay Village, Montreal, QB (Exact location TBA)

What: Selling and signing books. Also selling second-hand queer, feminist, and classic literature. More details on possible reading TBA. 


Lady Fest

When: September 27, 5-9 PM

Where: The Westcott Community Center

Syracuse, NY 13202

What: Book reading (including from my soon to be published 3rd book!), plus signing. Also selling second-hand queer, feminist, and classic literature.


Interested in having me read or speak at an event? Want me to come to your town? Please email or just ask

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Interview: Elliott DeLine (pt. 2)

Underneath This is pleased to present the second part of the interview with talented writer, Elliot DeLine.

Your novels, “Refuse” and “I Know Very Well How I Got My Name” eloquently describes coming-of-age experiences of queer and trans young adults and youth. What inspired you to write these works?

Thank you. My own experiences inspired these works. I wanted to create something different from was out there already. I wrote the books I wanted to read when I was younger and struggling to find reflections of my own experiences.

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Sponsor a Chair for Our Syracuse LGBTQ and Trans* Support Group!

$20 will buy one chair which we can paint, with your name on it!

The Intersections Cafe is a peer support group that was established by CNY for Solidarity in the spring of 2014 in Syracuse, NY. It is a space for LGBTQ people to come together for community support, both emotional and material. Currently, we rent chairs each meeting, on top of the fees to rent the space by the hour. We would like your help to purchase our own chairs. $20 will sponsor one chair. We will be painting and decorating them as a group and if you would like, we can add your name and a dedication on the chair you sponsor. Once we raise enough money, the rest of the funds we raise will go towards rental space.

There are several things that make the Intersections Cafe unique.

  1. LGBTQ people of all ages. We have organizations in Syracuse for LGBTQ youth and seniors, but many of us do not fit those categories. This is a space for all ages, and because of this, we have a lot to offer one another.
  2. The values of intersectionality. Or in other words, we try to emphasize the way that homophobia, transphobia, racism, classism, and other forms of oppression are all interrelated. We realize people are more than just their sexual orientation and gender identity and try to avoid discrimination within our own community.
  3. Transgender leadership. Most groups are gay/lesbian run, and some attempt to be inclusive of trans* and gender nonconforming people. At Intersections, the main demographic we serve is transgender people, but all are welcome to learn, share, and discuss how gender and sexuality affect their lives. We have a diverse group of attendees.
  4. Free food. Coffee plus meals or snacks are provided each time. Volunteers prepare and transport the food. In addition, we make sure there are groceries from our pantry for attendees to take home with them. We realize that the LGBTQ and trans* communitie are much more likely to live in povery.  Mainstream food pantries are often uncomfortable or even unsafe for us. Having food available in safe spaces like Intersections is very important!
  5. Beyond being a support group where people can talk, Intersections provides a point of contact for other supportive resources and services. These include assitance with employment, healthcare, food, and other needs in the LGBTQ and trans* communities.

Please help us maintain this exciting new program! Again, $20 will sponsor a chair, but we are grateful for any donation, no matter how small. Please spread the word and feel free to come to our next meeting!

About Intersections Cafe: “Transgender, genderqueer, gay, queer, crossdresser, lesbian, asexual, bisexual, pansexual, whatever: As long as you are open-minded you belong at the Intersections Cafe! Come vent, share, or just listen… and have a FREE MEAL & COFFEE or TEA! Location is right across from the Centro Transit Hub.”

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This is no ordinary reading. This evening is about novels that reveal the raw authenticity of queer teen lives. Join authors Nora Olsen, Elliott DeLine, and Jeremy Jordan King for a reading and open Q & A. Ranging from funny to edgy, these moving narratives of paranormal romance, dumpster diving, and coming out transgender are all about LGBTQ teens. Don’t miss your chance to meet three of the most talented writers in Queer Teen Lit.

This is no ordinary reading. This evening is about novels that reveal the raw authenticity of queer teen lives. Join authors Nora Olsen, Elliott DeLine, and Jeremy Jordan King for a reading and open Q & A. Ranging from funny to edgy, these moving narratives of paranormal romance, dumpster diving, and coming out transgender are all about LGBTQ teens. Don’t miss your chance to meet three of the most talented writers in Queer Teen Lit.

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Sponsor a seat on the bus to LGBTQ healthcare!

Please consider giving to our campaign. Every bit helps! The quote above is from me, by the way, because this is helping me tremendously.  

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Interview: Elliott DeLine! Pt. 1 of 2

Please describe your path to becoming a writer.

It probably sounds corny, but I’ve always been writing, since I was able. I used to make books as a kid, with paper and staples. Growing up, writing was always something that came pretty naturally to me. That, along with books, music and art, was my way of escaping and expressing myself. I was pretty involved with my high school literary magazine and had a lot of poems and short pieces I would share that way. When I got to college, I decided I wanted to focus on creative writing the most, and not visual art. I didn’t really know much about art, I just enjoyed making it. I didn’t like the classes so I switched to an English major and focused on reading and writing. The first times I was really published were in college literary magazines, prior to writing Refuse. Then I self-published Refuse, and then I was a runner-up in the New York Times Modern Love Essay Contest, and then my story was accepted for The Collection, a transgender anthology. Then I also became a blogger for Original Plumbing. Everything built upon itself and more and more people read Refuse. I started getting semi-regular “fan mail,” requests for interviews, and got to read or speak at some events and colleges. Nothing to crazy, but enough that some people took me seriously. I then self-published I Know Very Well How I Got My Name. That’s all it really was. Mostly, I asked people to read my book, or sell it at their store, or to read at their event, and enough people said yes. And it built upon itself.

How has living in Syracuse, NY informed your writing?

Very much so, given that it’s the setting of probably 75% of what I have written the past few years. I’ve lived here most my life, but it took going away a few times to get perspective on it. I’ve become fascinated with the city and region for these past five years or so. The architecture, history, demographics, crime, everything. It seems like everything about me is tied to my location, and I’d never noticed it before. I feel like Syracuse explained everything. Why I am who I am. It was empowering to stop being embarrassed about my history. I was embarrassed because it was so ordinary and I wasn’t anywhere near as worldly as my college friends at least pretended they were. So I wasn’t from some place hip or interesting. So what. I was glad. I am still glad. And people like that are wrong anyway. I’ve always had a lot of hometown pride. It’s common here. It’s a love-hate sort of thing. I think it’s a unique setting because it’s nothing special. Not to outsiders at least.

In what ways has your work been feminist and/or reflected social justice themes?

Like many trans people, I have a conflicted relationship with feminism. I think my books challenge the ways some (cisgender female) feminists view the world. I was actually surprised my second book, I Know Very Well How I Got My Name, didn’t get more backlash. I have to imagine it’s because so far fewer people read it. I thought the depiction of a trans person sexually abused by a cisgender female would be more controversial. Because it’s sort of the reversal of societal expectations, where the trans person is the predator, and male-identified people are predators, and cisgender women are victims only. Feminism is a tough one, because I’ve seen so many trans women as well as men hurt by the words of self-identified feminists. I don’t think my books are anti-feminist. But that wasn’t my concerns when writing those particular pieces. The social justice themes I am most concerned with in Refuse and I Know… are probably access to healthcare for trans people and a sorta anticapitalist view of work, particularly given trans unemployment. And I think there is a lot to be said about class and location, like I previously mentioned. But I figure what is good for trans people is good for all gender equality. So in that sense, feminists and I are on the same page.

What was it like being part of the first annual QueerMart arts and craft fair?

It was wonderful. We put a lot of time and energy into promoting it and it really paid off. The crowds were big and everyone was so excited. Most the artists made a decent amount if money. I don’t think there’s ever been anything like it in Syracuse. I’m really proud of it. It really brought people together for something positive and fun. It felt empowering.


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