Books by Literary Kitchen Writers

So many books written in the kitchen! Writers who’ve worked in the Literary Kitchen have published more books than we can keep track of. Here are a few . . .

Jean Braden
Journey to Oregon: 1934

Michelle Cruz Gonzales
The Spitboy Rule

June Day
Bliss: Death and Resurrection in a Chinatown Stripclub

Margaret Elysia Garcia
Sad Girls & Other Stories
Mary of the Chance Encounters

Lasara Firefox Allen
Jailbreaking the Goddess
The Pussy Poems
Sexy Witch

Jenny Forrester
Narrow River, Wide Sky

Martha Grover
One More for the People

Carrie Herzner
Good Luck Bill

Debi Knight Kennedy
Becoming Pearls
The Way Things Are

Kate Schatz
Rad American Women A-Z

Gabby Rivera
Juliet Takes a Breath

Barbara Robidoux
Sweetgrass Burning: Stories form the Rez

Ruth Simkin
What Makes You Happy
The Jagged Years of Ruthie J
Like an Orange on a Seder Plate: Our Lesbian Haggadah



All of Ariel Gore’s books, including her award-winning new memoir The End of Eve are available from Amazon or your local independent.

We’ve got the Lit Star Press titles right here…

The People’s Apocalypse

co-edited by Ariel Gore and Jenny Forrester, Lit Star Press

Forty two authors, established and emerging, write about apocalypse—what it means, how they will behave or will want to behave should the end come sooner rather than later. From the nuclear trenches of Los Alamos to fictional depictions of warring deities and animals, this anthology has a perspective on apocalypse that you’ve not yet considered. Derrick Jensen, Tomas Moniz, and Ariel Gore contributed to this eclectic collection of poetry, prose, and how-to. The artwork in this book is superb, and there’s even a recipe for an apocalypse-themed alcoholic beverage.
The beginning is nigh.


All the Pretty People: Tales of Carob, Shame, and Barbie-Envy

by Ariel Gore, illustrated by Summer Pierre, Lit Star Press

Ariel Gore’s novella portrays a California suburban hippie culture from the perspective of a young child whose mother is frightening and beautiful and whose father is mentally ill, but sweet-hearted. Flash memoir vignettes full of love, sadness, humor, and shame keep the reader rooting for the pure-hearted Gore as she lives among all those pretty people. Summer Pierre’s illustrations complete and complement the writing perfectly. You’ll want to throw away your TV.
Just a few copies of this limited-edition book left.


Portland Queer: Tales of the Rose City

edited by Ariel Gore, Lit Star Press

At once a love letter to the Rose City and a dream of escape, the first-person narratives of Portland Queer reveal the contradictions and commonalities of life in one of the world’s great queer meccas. A waiter falls in love with a straight guy from the café next door. A young dyke discovers gay karaoke at the Silverado. A pregnant man prepares for new life transitions. An ambitious teenager finds her tribe at St. Mary’s Academy. A closet-case is confronted by his wife. And a video-game addict takes a chance on love. This collection features stories by Tom Spanbauer, Michael Sage Ricci, Dexter Flowers, Sarah Dougher, David Ciminello, Lois Leveen, Jacob Anderson-Minshall, Megan Kruse, Marc Acito, and many others.
Winner of the LAMBDA Literary Award!


On the Mend

a zine by Ariel Gore

Ariel Gore needed some healing. Ever the DIY healer of herself (and others), she created this small, comfort-filled zine to share a bit the story of her new found, and humble, freedom after her abusive mother’s death. The philosophy that one must just move on isn’t the way of healing, according to Gore. The secret to healing is creativity, whether it’s by drawing simple, sweet, heart-filled sketches, by story-telling, or by baking pie. There’s a bonus Miss Punk Rock Manners, too.
Printed by Pinball / Scout Books in Portland.

Hip Mama

The original alternative parenting magazine

The first issue of Hip Mama was published in December, 1993, in Oakland, California, by founding editor Ariel Gore as a forum for single, urban and feminist mothers. In its 21 years, the magazine has come of age to include the voices of progressive caregivers of every kind. Hip Mama has been called “fun and irreverent” by USA Today, ”delightful” by Glamour, and “cutting-edge” by the Chicago Tribune. The magazine grew up alongside Gore’s daughter, covering subjects from weaning to home schooling with humor and political edge. Ariel’s pregnancy and parenting books, The Hip Mama Survival Guide (Hyperion, 1998), The Mother Trip (Seal Press, 2000), and Whatever, Mom (Seal Press, 2004), have been called “Terrific and important” (San Francisco Chronicle), and “revolutionary” (The Seattle Times). Gore edited Hip Mama for 15 years. After a 5-year hiatus, she’s back at the helm, relaunching to magazine with a 20th anniversary issue in 2014.
$20 for last last 4 issues


Ariel Gore’s School for Wayward Writer’s in the Literary Kitchen

The Literary Kitchen is home to Lit Star Press and Ariel Gore’s School for Wayward Writers, offering you lively stories and creative workshops since 2005. Visit the Literary Kitchen. Read a story, have a snack, make yourself at home.

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  1. How about How to Leave a Place? I gave away my copy, as I do all my favourite books of yours, to a woman I thought would enjoy it, and then regretted it later when I wanted to read it again. I figured I could get another copy as I always do. Can I?

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