Celebrating Debuts from Black LGBTQIA+ Authors Reading List Book Covers

A writer’s debut is a momentous occasion. It’s a beginning. It’s a commencement. It’s a celebration. Although the pandemic continues to disrupt our lives, it is important that we continue to honor literary debuts and the achievements they represent.

This Pride Month, our country is in the midst of a collective self-reckoning. People around the world are protesting, marching, and demanding that their voices be heard, and that Black Lives Matter. In the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, the Black LGBTQIA+ community led and began a movement asserting their rights, paving the way for today’s calls to action.

This week’s reading list aims to amplify the voices of recently debuted Black queer writers. From novels to poetry collections, essay collections to young adult titles, this list is by no means comprehensive. We gathered these books to celebrate their existence, the artists who created them, and the foundation they establish for reimagining the future.

PEN America encourages you to support your independent and Black-owned bookstores. Find a Black-owned bookstore in your state.