Kristen Arnett

Kristen Arnett by Eve Edelheit

“It’s so exciting to see books by LGBTQ authors being appreciated, ultimately making room for even more work,” queer fiction and essay writer Kristen Arnett tells GO. “I hope that my success has allowed the door to crack open even further for other queer writers. It’s wonderful to see.” She has paved the way for LGBTQ+ literary success with her novels “With Teeth” and “Mostly Dead Things,” a New York Times bestseller and finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Fiction. Among her other credentials, she was awarded Ninth Letter’s Literary Award in Fiction, was a Spring 2020 Shearing Fellow at Black Mountain Institute, and has been featured as a columnist for Literary Hub. Her work has appeared in numerous news publications and literary journals, including The Guardian, The New York Times, McSweeney’s, Gulf Coast, TriQuarterly, and The Rumpus. But the most rewarding aspect of her work as a writer — and as a proud Floridian — is the opportunity it allows her “to share queerness and Florida with readers who might not understand that we have a thriving, exciting LGBTQ community in the Sunshine State.” Up next for Arnett: an untitled collection of short stories which will be published by Riverhead Books, a division of Penguin Random House. —RK

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