jen’s writing

cover for The Healing Art of Writing 2010My stories, creative nonfiction, essays and reviews have been published in anthologies, magazines, newsletters and newspapers. I’m currently working on several longer projects (a novel and a collection of essays about writing as transformative practice for trauma survivors), as well as generating and polishing shorter pieces for performance, and blogging.

Some of the books below can be found on Amazon or Powell’s Books or ABE; Amazon list provided here for your reference… please support your local independent bookstore!

  • Sex Still Spoken Here: An Erotic Reading Circle Anthology, co-edited by Carol Queen, Amy Butcher and Jen Cross. San Francisco, CA: CSC Press, 2014.
  • “coagulations,” Wilde Magazine, Issue 4, Summer 2014
  • “unhinged,” nin: a literary journal of erotic poetics, vol. 1, issue 2, February 2014.
  • “Ordinary and Resilient,” New Yorker (Letters section), November 11 2013.
  • Fierce Hunger: At the intersection of trauma and desire, a collection of writings by Writing Ourselves Whole participants. Produced for Writing Ourselves Whole’s tenth anniversary, March, 2013.
  • notorious, a chapbook produced for Body Heat 2013.
  • “Queen of Sheba,” Women in Lust, Rachel Kramer Bussel, ed, Cleis Press, 2011.
  • “shame #1,” “pink and devastating,” and “home: again,” 2011 Seattle Erotic Art Festival Literary Art Anthology. Seattle Erotic Art Festival, 2011.
  • “Sisters: A Deology,” The Healing Art of Writing 2010, Joan Baranow, Brian Dolan and David Watts, eds, Univ. of California Press, 2011.
  • “Trixie,” Gotta Have It: 69 Stories of Sudden Sex, Rachel Kramer Bussel, ed, Cleis Press, 2011.
  • Sexual truth-telling for pleasure and liberation!” Guest blog post on Oh Get A Grip, June 19, 2010
  • edited the May 2010 issue of the Survivorship Journal
  • pink and devastating, a chapbook produced for Body Heat 2010.
  • “Piggy,” Fishnet: a journal of erotica, 2-24-2010
  • “Femme the sex of me,” Visible: A Femmethology (vol. 1), Homofactus Press.
  • “Waiting,” Frenzy, Alison Tyler, ed. Cleis Press.
  • “Business,” Ignavia, vol. 2.2 (
  • “Queen of Sheba,” Tasting Her, Rachel Kramer Bussel, ed. Cleis Press, 2008.
  • unconsummated, chapbook produced for Body Heat 2008 (self-compiled and self-published)
  • “Review of Female to Femme,” make/shift: feminisms in motion, issue 3, Spring/Summer 2008.
  • “Interview with Jen Cross on gender roles, butch/femme, sexual abuse and writing” Rachel Kramer Bussel’s Best Sex Writing 2008 Blog, 1/9/2008
  • “Why Erotic Writing?” Open Exchange, Oct/Nov/Dec 2007
  • “Surface Tensions,” Best Sex Writing 2008, Rachel Kramer Bussel, ed. Cleis Press.
  • “The Anniversary Gift,” Five Minute Erotica, Carol Queen, Ed.
  • “Piggy,” Eros Zine, 10-2-07, (No longer available here!)
  • “Bedrock” (monthly column) in Chill Mag (, now defunct — archives available soon.
  • “The Temp,” Fantasy: Untrue stories of lesbian passion, Bella After Dark.
  • “Transformations,” Got a minute? Sixty-second erotica, Cleis Press.
  • “This flesh has changed meaning, Best Women’s Erotica 2007, Cleis Press, 2006
  • “Surface Tensions,” Nobody Passes: Rejecting the rules of gender and conformity, Seal Press, 2006.
  • “This is not safe sex,” Clean Sheets, Dec 2006.
  • “Wages of Pride,” Naughty Spanking Stories from A to Z 2, Pretty Things Press, 2006
  • “Feast,” Blood Sisters: Lesbian Vampire Tales, Alyson Press, 2006.
  • “The G-String,” Glamour Girls: femme-on-femme erotica, Haworth Press, 2006.
  • “Landfill” (poem) Lake, ed. Chris DeLorenzo, Laguna Writers, 2006.
  • “The Organic Orgasm,” First Timers: True stories of lesbian awakening, Alyson Press, 2006.

(The following were published under the name Jen Collins:)

  • “Metaphors, the Erotic & Survival or How I Learned to Use a Tool of Repressive Normalization as an Instrument of Eroto-sexual Revolution” The Erotic: Approaches to a cultural contextualization. K. De Temmerman, ed. The Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2005. ISBN: 1-904710-04-2
  • “An Old-School Femme,” Back to Basics: a butch-femme anthology, Bella After Dark (2004).
  • “Office Hours,” Best Fetish Erotica, Cleis Press (2002).
  • “Agnostic Dyke Seeks Goddess,” Bare Your Soul: The Thinking Girl’s Guide to Enlightenment, Seal Press (2002).
  • “Bedrock”, Tough Girls, down & dirty dyke erotica, Black Books (2002).
  • “Go,” Best Bisexual Women’s Erotica, Cleis Press (2001).
  • “Something to believe in,” Young Wives’ Tales: New Adventures In Love and Partnership, Seal Press (2001).
  • “Home is where the heart’s safe,” Maine Times, vol. 33 no. 34 (Jan 4 – Jan 10, 2001).
  • “Bedrock,” Set In Stone: butch-on-butch erotica, Alyson Press (2000).
  • “Open Call for Participation,” BiWomen: Vol. 18, No. 3 (Jun/Jul 2000). pp. 1,8.
  • “An Advocate’s Role,” Article for Family Crisis Services newsletter, 1999.
  • “About Same-Sex Battering,” Family Crisis Services volunteer newsletter, 1998.
  • “Why Women Stay and Why They Leave,” Family Crisis Services informational handout, 1998.
  • “Isolated Memories” (poem) BiWomen (Newsletter for the Boston Bisexual Women’s Network): 1995.
  • “Defining Lesbian Space,” Spare Rib: Vol. 5, No. 1 (Winter, 1995).

3 Responses to jen’s writing

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  2. Hi Shahn! :)

    So many thanks for this comment and question! On the “Sign Up / Contact” page, there are boxes you can check in order to buy chapbooks — and folks can either pay by check or through paypal (some info about that is on the Sign Up page, too).

    best best best!

  3. Hello! How do I get my hands on your chapbooks? Where can I send my dollars??

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