Hold Me Gorilla Monsoon
Opo Books and Objects, 2017 (Available Here)
Colette Arrand gives self-effacing evidence that disindentification is the way love grapples. The grappling itself is constitutive, it brings together bodies that constantly have to mark their difference with and in spite of touch. Rather than embrace or refuse, in any absolute terms, Arrand lets us know that in this proximity holds the potential for both a rejection of queerness and the queerest of queer slippages. These poems are hot as fuck because they almost come together before they rend apart.
— Raquel Salas-Rivera, author of Caneca de anhelos turbios and oropel/tinsel
Her poems portray and confront the ways masculinity is performed and learned through professional wrestling. They triangulate hypermasculinity, queerness, and homophobia in wrestling, conveying the painful experience of encountering these things as Arrand’s speaker comes to terms with her own trans identity. These poems are ambitious and dizzyingly good.
— W. Todd Kaneko, Waxwing Magazine
To Denounce the Evils of Truth
Long Day Press, 2016 (Out of Print)
Instead of a simple yet inherently false truth, Arrand opts for complex truths. “Observe me,” she writes, “I want to be remote, but not unreachable.” Arrand is successful in putting the person on the page, and she does so with language that is beautiful, in essays that lyrical, in moments that are clear and affecting.
— Eric Nguyen
Poetry: A Writers' Guide and Anthology
Edited by Amorak Huey and W. Todd Kaneko (Availible Here)
Bloomsbury Academic, 2018
Poem: For Jake "The Snake" Roberts, On the Occasion of Making an Unlikely Out in Centerfield During a Charity Softball Game
Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy from Transgender Writers
Edited by Cat Fitzpatrick & Casey Plett
Topside Press, 2017 (Available Here)
Short Story: Themyscira
- 2018 American Library Association Stonewall Book Awards - Barbara Gittings Literature Award