Sassafras Lowrey

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Sassafras Lowrey
Date of birth 1984[1]
Nationality American
Pronouns ze/hir[1]
Gender identity genderqueer[1]
Occupation author, journalist

Sassafras Lowrey is an author and journalist, known for hir books about dogs.[2] Ze came out as genderqueer at 17, in the early 2000s.[1] At that time ze was homeless "because of my first journalling attempts being discovered and outing me".[3] Ze found a support community at a queer youth center in Portland,[4][5] and as an adult, worked to help homeless youth hirself.[6]

In 2020, Lowrey completed hir Masters of Fine Arts in Fiction with a concentration in Queer Fairytales, at Goddard College.[7]

In addition to genderqueer, Lowrey is also trans, femme, queer, polyamorous, and asexual.[8]


« As a fiction author one of my main goals is to create queer stories for queer readers. For me this means writing a diverse representation of genderqueer/trans characters on the page. The characters in my novels unapologetically use a variety of pronouns. I'm equally committed to normalizing the presence of non-binary characters as I am to non-binary language in literature.[1] »
« I think the best pieces of advice I can give to young/upcoming queer writers is to follow your heart and your gut and tell the stories that need telling, and the ones that maybe only you can tell. I think that as queer writers it’s really important that we take risks with our work.[9] »
« For the last sixteen years, the people who I have called family, who I have spent holidays with, those who I have considered my real family, are other queer people. The kids I met in the months and years after running away, whose stories looked like mine and who made me believe there was a future not just for me, but for all of us. We raised each other, created homes together, built our own traditions, reshaping the definition of family. The people in my life I now consider family are not those I was born to, but those who have truly earned and enthusiastically claimed the honor.[10] »


  • Kicked Out (2010, editor)
  • Roving Pack (2012)
  • Leather Ever After: An Anthology of Kinky Fairy Tales (2013, editor)
  • Lost Boi (2015)
  • A Little Queermas Carol (2016)
  • Tricks in the City (2019)
  • Healing/Heeling (2019)
  • William To The Rescue: Bedtime Stories for Rescue Dogs (2019)
  • Chew This Journal (2020)



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Lowrey, Sassafras (8 November 2017). "A Guide To Non-binary Pronouns And Why They Matter". HuffPost. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  2. Métraux, Julia (6 March 2020). "How Sassafras Lowrey Made Writing About Dogs a Career". Narratively. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  3. Walsh, Matthew (11 September 2015). "Sassafras Lowrey on Queering Peter Pan". Plenitude Magazine. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  4. "Sassafras Lowrey". Older Queer Voices: The Intimacy of Survival. 29 January 2017. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  5. Leatherati (20 February 2013). "Interview with Sassafras Lowrey". Medium. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  6. Lowrey, Sassafras; Shelton, Jama (6 June 2014). "Meet the LGBT Leaders Who Used to Be Homeless". The Advocate. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  7. Walsh, Dominic (24 November 2020). "Sassafras Lowrey talks genderqueer representation and trans portrayals in fiction". SciFiPulse.Net. Retrieved 27 November 2020.
  8. @sassafraslowrey (11 October 2019). "and to have made a core aspect of my career around writing the queerest books and stories I can imagine. Happy #NationalComingOutDay Queerly yours a: #runaway, formerly #homeless, #genderqueer, #trans, #femme, #queer, #polyamorous, #asexual, #little, #leather boy" – via Twitter.
  9. Carina, Leland (9 October 2012). "Interview with Sassafras Lowrey". Medium. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  10. Lowrey, Sassafras (10 May 2018). "Lost Cause: On Estrangement and Chosen Family". Catapult. Retrieved 8 May 2020.