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Read Queer in 2024: A Storygraph Reading Challenge!

Looking to queer your bookshelf in 2024? Then join us as we host a low-key, fun reading challenge!

A screen capture from the webpage Storygraph, showing "The Duck Prints Press 23024 Queer Book Challenge." Text on the page proceeds to read: Hosted by unforth. 11 participants, 95 books added. Starts: Monday, 01 January 2024. Ends: Tuesday, 31 December 2024. Your challenge progress. (an empty bar). 0% (0 prompts completed out of 1). We at Duck Prints Press (an indie press that publishes primarily queer stories by mostly queer creators) thought it'd be fun to throw together a reading challenge to read queer books in 2024! If you read even one queer book (queer characters, queer author, whatevs!) then you'll win, and then you can have fun seeing how many of our other challenges you can meet, too. Come read with us, it'll be fun. :D. Challenge prompts. 1. read a queer book (17 books added).

The idea is simple: read even one queer book, and you can win this challenge! Once you’ve done that, you can explore our 39 bonus prompts, encouraging you to read queer books new and old, queer books from different genres, queer non-fiction books, and queer books about identities you are familiar with and those you’re unfamiliar with. We’ve been working on populating the list with suggestions (and would definitely love your help in fleshing them out, there’s so much great queer lit out there – I personally primarily read queer books from East Asia so those stories are rather over-represented in our suggestions right now!) and we’re really excited to see what books people read, what books people suggest, and how many queer books we, collectively, can read in 2024!

So as you plan your reading with an eye toward the new year, why not join us? We’d love to have you!

You can see all 40 of our prompts and join the challenge here!

And, looking for a supportive, friendly community to chat with about all your new reads? Come join our Book Lover’s Discord, too! Joining is absolutely not a requirement, but it is a great way to make some new bookish friends!

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Ten of Our Favorite Poems

April was National Poetry Month, and to celebrate we asked authors involved with Duck Prints Press to talk about their favorite (ideally queer) poems! For the poems in the public domain, we then recorded them and shared them on Instagram and/or Tiktok!

Join us, and get your poem on, with these ten lovely pieces!

To a Stranger by Walt Whitman (read by Nina Waters)

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It’s National Poetry Month and we at Duck Prints Press are celebrating! Here’s Claire with one of her favorite poems, To a Stranger by Walt Whitman #booktok #queer #poetry #waltwhitman #duckprintspress

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At a Dinner Party by Amy Levy (read by Maggie Page)

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Celebrate National Poetry Month with At a Dinner Party by Amy Levy, read by Maggie Page! #booktok #poetry #queer #amylevy #duckprintspress

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Halfway Down by A. A. Milne (read by Tris Lawrence)

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Today for National Poetry Month, we have Tris Lawrence reading Halfway Down by AA Milne! #booktok #poetry #queer #aamilne #duckprintspress

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Because I Liked You Better by A. E. Housman (read by Maggie Page)

Bored: At A London Music by Horatio Brown (read by Maggie Page)

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Are you feeling bored? Liven things up with some our favorite queer poets! This poem is Bored: at a London Music by Horatio Brown, read by Maggie Page #booktok #queer #poetry #horatiobrown #duckprintspress

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The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost (read by Tris Lawrence)

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Today for National Poetry Month we have The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost, read by Tris Lawrence #booktok #poetry #robertfrost #duckprintspress

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Endymion by Oscar Wilde (read by Nina Waters)

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Claire here again to share another favorite poem. This time, Endymion by Oscar Wilde! #booktok #poetry #queer #duckprintspress

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The Chariot by Emily Dickinson (read by Tris Lawrence)

Love Stronger than Death by Agnes Mary Frances Robinson (read by Maggie Page)

Apologia by Oscar Wilde (read by Maggie Page)

Honorable Mention: We couldn’t include “Stop All the Clocks” by W. H. Auden or “I Know a Man” by Robert Creeley because they’re not in the public domain, but they absolutely would have been included if we could have.

What are YOUR favorite queer historical poems and/or poets? Tell us in the replies!

(if you send something our way that’s in the public domain, maybe we’ll record it!)

Who We Are: Duck Prints Press LLC is an independent publisher based in New York State. Our founding vision is to help fan creators publishing their original works. We are particularly dedicated to working with queer authors and publishing stories featuring characters from across the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. Want to always hear the latest? Sign up for our monthly newsletter! Want to support the Press, read about us behind-the-scenes, learn what’s coming down the pipeline, get exclusive teasers, and claim free stories? Back us on Patreon monthly!