Sinclair Sexsmith and the Lineage of Kisses (QR Bonus OO5)

January 25, 2022

It’s that time of year again! The latest instalment of The Best Lesbian Erotica series is here, and Kris and Tara are thrilled to be joined by the collection’s editor, Sinclair Sexsmith.

Together, they discuss why writing queer erotica is a radical and political act, the healing potential of reading erotica that reflects your identity and desires, and the case for expanding the definition of the word “lesbian.”

Buckle up, friends. It’s an important and enlightening conversation.

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Works Discussed

  • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab
  • Cunt: A Declaration of Independence by Inga Muscio
  • Steven Universe (Cartoon Network)
  • The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Hurts so Good: The Science and Culture of Pain on Purpose by Leigh Cowart

About Sinclair Sexsmith

Sinclair Sexsmith (they/them) is “the best-known butch erotica writer whose kinky, groundbreaking stories have turned on countless queer women” (AfterEllen), who “is in all the books, wins all the awards, speaks at all the panels and readings, knows all the stuff, and writes for all the places” (Autostraddle). ​Their short story collection, Sweet & Rough: Queer Kink Erotica, was a 2016 finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, and they are the current editor of the Best Lesbian Erotica series. Find more of their work at

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