Sovereign Erotics is a powerful and provocative collection of writing by two-spirit/queer indigenous-identified authors that presents an embodied challenge on multiple fronts—an intellectual and literary call to challenge historical, colonial, and reified sexual and social formations. Sovereign Erotics traces its intellectual lineage from both Living the Spirit: A Gay American Indian Anthology (1988) and This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color (1981), among other collections. In so doing, the book offers a call born from multiple identifications and subject positions in order to provide a model of queer/two-spirit indigenous existence.

The collection's editors proclaim in the introduction that the book exists for “those who—like so many of us—had no role models, no one to tell us that we were valuable human beings just as we are” (1). To this end, the book utilizes the concept of “sovereign erotics,”...

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