Outspoken: A Decade of Transgender Activism and Trans Feminism
by Julia Serano
(Switch Hitter Press; November 2016 release)
In her third book, Outspoken: A Decade of Transgender Activism and Trans Feminism, Julia Serano chronicles her own personal evolution and the many shifts in transgender activism since the dawn of the twenty-first century. This collection compiles forty-eight of her previously unpublished and difficult to find trans-themed writings - including her early slam poems and spoken word, essays and manifestos written contemporaneously with her acclaimed books Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity and Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive, plus her recent work addressing differences within trans communities and activism. These pieces are augmented with thoughtful introductions and interludes that contextualize the issues at hand and previous periods in transgender activism. Combining elements of memoir, historical account, gender theory, and activist philosophy, this book is a must for anyone who is a fan of Serano’s work and/or has an interest in transgender identities, experiences, perspectives, and progress.
Outspoken can be purchased at the following places: Amazon (paperback & Kindle e-book) and Smashwords (e-book in EPUB & other formats). Other book retailers, plus bookstore & library purchasing through Ingram, should be up and running by the end of November.
General Surgery and Surgeons General: a Kat Cataclysm chapbook
(Switch Hitter Press; March 2016 release)
Kat Cataclysm is quite a character: absurdist short fiction writer, aspiring faux novelist, failed linguist, recovering slam poet, wannabe stand-up comedian, and the not-so-pure invention of Julia Serano. In other words, as the French would say, she is a nom de plume. Except that the French don’t say “nom de plume,” they say “nom de guerre.” Which literally means “war name.” Although Kat has never fought in any wars. Nor would she want to.
General Surgery and Surgeons General is a modest forty-something-page collection of Kat’s absurdist short stories, slam poems, and whimsical musings, which touch upon and/or outright tackle diverse topics such as YA dystopian fiction, photosynthesis, mountain climbing, temporal anomalies, bisexuality, Santa Claus, Prince’s song lyrics, malapropisms & paraprosdokians, and the trials and travails of the contemporary author.
The book can be purchased at:
Ray versus Macbeth and the Music Box, part one
by *soft vowel sounds*
Switch Hitter Records, 2014 release
*soft vowel sounds* is the latest solo musical project from former Bitesize guitarist/singer/principal songwriter Julia Serano. So what, pray tell, does it sound like? quirky indie-pop? high fidelity lo-fi? bedroom music for people who sometimes leave their bedrooms? just listen for yourself. . .
The first *soft vowel sounds* record is a small recording called Ray versus Macbeth and the Music Box, part one. Classic rock aficionados may recognize that the title and cover art reference the 1970 The Kinks’ album that introduced the world to the eventual hit song “Lola.” The *soft vowel sound* song “Ray” is a charming contemporary musical parody of “Lola” written from a decidedly different perspective. Ray versus. . . also contains three other ditties: “Music Box,” “Open Letter,” and “Macbeth.” to listen, purchase, and/or find out more about the record, click here.
Switch Hitter Press & Switch Hitter Records are an interrelated and independent book publisher and record label, respectively. They are both run by Julia Serano for the express purpose of releasing literature and musical endeavors that she has created and/or is otherwise involved in. Switch Hitter may someday expand to include other authors & artists, but at the moment we are not accepting any submissions.
Julia Serano on why she named her publishing & recording imprint “Switch Hitter”:
In 1999, I wrote a song called Switch Hitter that was recorded by my band at the time, Bitesize. It was a semi-autobiographical tale about the first time I decided to change my sex: I was 15 years old at the time and was watching my little league all-star game when I made the decision. Unfortunately, at that time (the early 1980’s), there was no readily accessible information or resources to help me find out about how I might actually go about achieving that. So I buried that epiphany deep inside my mind until I uncovered the memory many years later, like a time-capsule. That is what inspired the song.
During my actual transition in 2001, I created a coming out website called Switch Hitter where friends and acquaintances could find out more about my transgender identity and history without me having to explain it over and over again (I even had business cards made up so that I could pass out to folks!). When I started performing trans-themed spoken word the following year, it just made sense to release my first two chapbooks under the moniker “Switch Hitter Press.”
I have continued using the name “Switch Hitter” for my publishing & recording imprints for additional reasons. First, I am an avid baseball fan - have been since I was a child. Second, in 2008, I came out as bisexual, and “switch hitter” is a common slang term for bisexual. So the phrase resonates with me on multiple levels.
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