Joy Ladin

has long worked at the tangled intersection of literature and transgender identity, publishing ten books of poetry, including Lambda Literary finalists Transmigration and Impersonation and National Jewish Book Award winner The Book of Anna , as well as a memoir of gender transition, National Jewish Book Award finalist Through the Door of Life, and a book-length work of trans theology, Lambda Literary and Triangle Award finalist, The Soul of the Stranger. Two new books, her eleventh collection of poems, Family, and Once Out of Nature, essays on how gender is changing, are forthcoming from Persea in 2024. Her writing has been recognized with a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Fulbright Scholarship, an American Council of Learned Societies Research Fellowship, and a Hadassah Brandeis Institute Research Fellowship, among other honors. A nationally recognized speaker on trans identity, Ladin has been featured on a number of NPR programs, including an “On Being” with Krista Tippett interview that has been rebroadcast several times. Her writing is available at

Poetry – Joy Ladin

Selected Readings and Presentations – Joy Ladin

A preorder link for her new book: Family .