Kacen Callender

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Kacen Callender
Date of birth 1989
Place of birth St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Pronouns they/he[1]
Gender identity demiboy[2]
Occupation Author

Kacen Callender is an author of children's fiction and fantasy, best known for their Stonewall Book Award and Lambda Literary Award-winning middle grade debut Hurricane Child. Callender is Black, queer, trans, and they currently live in Philadelphia.[3]

Their 2020 book Felix Ever After is being adapted for an Amazon Prime series.[4]


"Even though as a kid I often wanted to be a boy, and wished that I could reincarnate as a boy in my next life, I never really knew it was an option, or understood the terms 'transgender' and 'nonbinary.' It wasn’t until I was watching Degrassi: The Next Generation that the character Adam explained his identity in a way that made a major lightbulb go off in my head. I began to question my gender identity, and a year or so later, I began my social and physical transition."[5]

Published works

  • Hurricane Child (Scholastic, 2018)
  • King and the Dragonflies (Scholastic, 2020)
  • This is Kind of an Epic Love Story (Balzer+Bray, 2018)
  • Felix Ever After (Balzer+Bray, 2020)
  • Islands of Blood and Storm Series:
    • Queen of the Conquered (Orbit, 2019)
    • King of the Rising (Orbit, 2020)


  1. https://twitter.com/kacencallender
  2. @kacencallender (August 10, 2019). "I've been getting misgendered as a guy more and more. As a demiboy sometimes this is GREAT, but other days (like today) it's confusing. It's the simultaneous feeling of being glad that I'm being read as more masculine, but also still feeling pretty solidly nonbinary" – via Twitter.
  3. "Expectations Vs. Reality by Kheryn Callender". 88 Cups of Tea with Yin Chang. 2019-01-14. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  4. White, Peter (31 August 2020). "Amazon Developing TV Adaptation Of Kacen Callender's YA Novel 'Felix Ever After'". Deadline. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  5. Yung, Sarah (7 April 2020). "Six Interviews with LGBTQ Children's and YA Authors". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
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