Miah Jeffra's Virtual Bookshelf: Books That Summon My Queer Ancestral Family

Miah Jeffra is a writer, artist, curator and educator, currently living in San Francisco. A military brat, Jeffra moved throughout their childhood, but most identifies the South as home. They spent their high school years in Baltimore, and then moved to Atlanta, where they studied English, Music and Theatre at Oglethorpe University.

Miah later studied in the MFA Writing Program in Critical Studies at the California Institute of the Arts and the MA program in English at San Francisco State University. Jeffra teaches Writing, Drama, Media and Cultural Studies at Santa Clara University and The San Francisco Art Institute, and is Founding Editor and Production Designer for queer literary collaborative, Foglifter Press.


The Fabulous Ekphrastic Fantastic!: Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9781943977734
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Published: Sibling Rivalry Press, LLC - March 20th, 2020

Close to the Knives: A Memoir of Disintegration Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679732273
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Published: Vintage - May 7th, 1991

"This is the first book where I understood what Virginia Woolf meant by “to look life in the face.” The delirium of this memoir, the whirl of language and images and David’s own body—the subject of American prodding and colonization—inspired in me an anger that became necessary for me to persist."

Let the Dead Bury Their Dead Cover Image
ISBN: 9780156505154
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Published: Mariner Books - June 4th, 1993

"There is nothing I can say about this investigation of religion, race, myth, the hauntings of history and the uncertainty of futures that will issue anything but awe. It is one of the best southern queer short story collections. It is one of the best queer short story collections. It is one of the best short story collections, period. "

Confessions of the Fox: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399592287
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Published: One World - March 5th, 2019

"This book is about decolonizing EVERYTHING: sex, gender, race, historical documentation, even the hegemonic white-towerism of academia. And it does so with one of the sexiest, most thrilling characters in recent fiction, Jack Shepphard. And, it’s hella funny!"

Patient. Cover Image
ISBN: 9781625579232
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Published: Black Lawrence Press - November 30th, 2014

"This collection of poetry inspired in me a deep empathy for the body, what it means to recover, to heal. It also made me realize yet another way a society can enslave, this time under the guise of medical advancement."

Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553272932
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Published: Bantam - January 1st, 1983

"I don’t know what it feels like to be a brown, queer immigrant, but what I felt from reading this book was frustration and changeability for its triple-consciousness, that forging one’s own path can be incredibly lonely, especially when everyone you love expects something different. "