Swelling with Pride: Queer Conception and Adoption Stories

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Caitlin Press
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6.3 X 0.5 X 8.8 inches | 0.8 pounds
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About the Author
Sara Graefe is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. As former publications coordinator for BC's Society of Special Needs Adoptive Parents, she authored the bestselling special needs parenting book, Living with FASD: A Guide for Parents and edited the Adoption Piece by Piece trilogy (Groundwork Press). In 2007, she became a proud queer mom and began chronicling her experiences on her blog, Gay Girls Make Great Moms (queermommy.wordpress.com). Her creative non-fiction has appeared in various magazines and anthologies, including Literary Mama, Walk Myself Home, Boobs: Women Explore What it Means to Have Breasts, Telling Truths: Storying Motherhood, Mothers and Sons, and A Family by Any Other Name: Exploring Queer Relationships (finalist for a 2015 Lambda Literary Award). She lives in Vancouver with her wife and school-aged son and is on faculty in the Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia.
"Diverse, powerful, and moving. Swelling with Pride is a collection whose time has come." -- Ann-Marie MacDonald
"Swelling with Pride is an anthology filled with powerful truths and generous insight, as queer parent pioneers share the stories of the creation of their families. Including the most intimate details and the decisions that went into becoming parents, Swelling with Pride is also a useful guide for anyone considering parenting in a queer context. There is heartache in these pages, as children are yearned for, lost, mourned; as adoptions are disrupted and families separate--but there is also joy, as carefully planned and passionately desired dream children are welcomed home. Despite the odds against them, many writers approach their quest with refreshing humour. Readers will find themselves cheering these families on, astonished by their determination and inspired by the triumph of love over homophobia, technological barriers and infertility." -- Rachel Rose, author of The Dog Lover Unit
"Swelling with Pride gives voice to the new generation of lesbian, trans and gender non-conforming folks transforming parenthood. Whether they create their families through pregnancy, adoption or fostering, are single, partnered or creating ever new configurations of parenthood, this anthology's contributors offer their truths with courage, commitment and compassion. Infused with a uniquely queer perspective, Swelling with Pride will be reassuring to both prospective parents, those grappling with the nitty gritty of complications in donor choices, twin pregnancies, adoption or miscarriage, and even for those who've wished for parenthood, but found it heartbreakingly elusive. Swelling with Pride will be a valuable resource in the growing cannon of queer parenting literature, tangible comfort for readers during one of life's most difficult, yet joyous, journeys." -- Rachel Pepper, author of The Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy for Lesbians
"This collection is a valuable and illuminating addition to the literature about queer families, whose contributors are generous with their insight and experiences." -- Bruce Gillespie, editor of A Family by Any Other Name
"I love this book! So many ways to make a family. So much love. Heartache, too. Every story drew me in; more than a few left me in tears." -- Anne Fleming, author of poemw