Literary Salon: Kristin Elizabeth Clark

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON:  Kristin Elizabeth Clark, author of Freakboy

Kristin Elizabeth Clark

Monday, May 5th, 2014 || 7pm
Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||

This month’s literary salon speaker will be Kristin Elizabeth Clark, author of Freakboy.  She will discuss her writing experience, the creation of Freakboy and the kids/young adult market as a whole.

A short synopsis of Freakboy:

“From the outside, Brendan Chase seems to have it pretty easy. He’s a star wrestler, a video game aficionado, and a loving boyfriend to his seemingly perfect match, Vanessa. But on the inside, Brendan struggles to understand why his body feels so wrong—why he sometimes fantasizes having long hair, soft skin, and gentle curves. Is there even a name for guys like him? Guys who sometimes want to be girls? Or is Brendan just a freak?

In Freakboy‘s razor-sharp verse, Kristin Clark folds three narratives into one powerful story: Brendan trying to understand his sexual identity, Vanessa fighting to keep her and Brendan’s relationship alive, and Angel struggling to confront her demons.”
“A sincere, profound rendering of sexuality, queerness, and identity.” 
—The Horn Book
Kristin Elizabeth Clark always knew she wanted to be a writer. She began dabbling in haiku in the third grade – this “experimentation” turned out to be a gateway to the harder stuff: book-length verse. She lives and writes in Northern California.
Freakboy, her critically acclaimed young adult debut, received starred reviews from KirkusBooklist, and Publishers Weekly. It is a top 10 book on the American Library Association’s Rainbow List dedicated to GLBT themed books for children and teens.  Freakboy also made the Young Adult Library Services  Association (YALSA) list of Top 10 Best Fiction for Young Adults in 2014. Visit her at or follow her on Twitter @KristinClarkYA