232 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 2 drawings, 25 halftones, appends., bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-5903-9
Published: February 2020
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-4709-8
Published: September 2018
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-4710-4
Published: August 2018
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Awards & distinctions
Finalist, Lambda Literary Award, LGBTQ Studies
Through the voices of drivers from marginalized communities who spend eleven- to fourteen-hour days hauling America's commodities in treacherous weather and across mountain passes, Semi Queer reveals the stark differences between the trucking industry's crushing labor practices and the perseverance of its most at-risk workers.
About the Author
Anne Balay is winner of the Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Award. She is an Independent Scholar living in Saint Louis and is the author of Steel Closets.
For more information about Anne Balay, visit the Author Page.
“Written in a lucid style punctuated by the language of truckers themselves, this is an engaging narrative that must be viewed as a major contribution to understanding the impact of (de)regulation, the trucking industry, and the lives of black, gay, female, indigenous, Mexican, and trans workers.”--Labor
"Hearing from these truckers offers a rare perspective from working-class Americans, and a vivid reminder of the diversity of that group."--Nadine Hubbs, author of Rednecks, Queers, and Country Music
"Anne Balay has done it again! Like Steel Closets, Semi Queer offers an ethnographically rich, historically grounded investigation of working-class sexuality, gender, and race in the contemporary United States. Trucking, like steel production, is an industry undergoing profound restructuring, and the stories Balay tells of people already marginalized by their bodies and identities finding ways to navigate these emerging conditions of everyday life are a revelation."--Susan Stryker, University of Arizona
"Semi Queer is a powerfully compelling ethnography of trans, gay, and black truck drivers and the complex world they inhabit. Anne Balay paints a vivid picture of the everyday lives of working-class queer and black people, highlighting their astute analyses of their own lives. Semi Queer is a must-read indeed!"--Marlon M. Bailey, author of Butch Queens Up in Pumps