Sundress Announces the Release of Gender Flytrap

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FlytrapSundress Publications announces the release of Zoë Estelle Hitzel’s collection, Gender Flytrap. In this debut collection, Hitzel ambitiously portrays transgender experiences and confronts the systems and culture that initiate violence against the gendered body.

To see and be seen begets presumption and therefore is an act of violence, a violence that dictates how a person should look, act, and even perceive the world around them. Gender Flytrap delves into the multifaceted nature of prejudice from gendered stereotypes to a broken healthcare system to the realization that everything—including transness—is filtered through a cisnormative lens. Hitzel’s debut collection is an authentic portrayal of the constant hurt that a trans experience entails in a toxic, hegemonic culture where trauma is inherent to the trans existence.

After reading this collection, Nicole Walker, author of The After-Normal: Brief, Alphabetical Essays on a Changing Planet, and Sustainability: A Love Story states, “I’ve never understood better than I do now or with such elegance and grace, that our bodies, and our words, are not for the taking.”

ZoeZoë Estelle Hitzel earned her MA in Creative Writing/Poetry at Northern Arizona University and her MFA in Creative Nonfiction at Oregon State University. She is the 2019 Ofstad Writer in Residence at Truman State University. Her work has appeared in Blue Lyra Review, entropy, pacific REVIEW, and elsewhere.

Hitzel blogs about her transgender experience at znoted.wordpress.com. A citizen of the wind, she scores standardized tests remotely from Missouri, writes and edits freelance, and drums in the blues band, Deadwood.

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Literary Gender-Swap Calendars Are Here!

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Our 2015 Sundress/SAFTA Calendar is now on sale! This year’s edition features 12 gender-swapped literary characters: Theodore of Oz, Herlock Holmes, Alex in Wonderland, Esther Dent, Captain Jane Hook, Henrietta Potter, Little Ted Riding Hood, Kenderella, Tomi Sawyer, Attica Finch, and more!
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Models include T.A. Noonan, Katie Manning,Chris Pettrucelli, Shastina Parahoo, Adam Crandall, Emily Cappatini, Chris Johnson, Randy King, Lyric Dunagan, Rhonda Lott, Jennifer McClendon, and more.

Calendars are only $20 and can be purchased in our store.

All proceeds go to support Sundress Publications and the Sundress Academy for the Arts, a 501(c)3 nonprofit in Knoxville, TN!