The Letter Q : Queer Writers' Notes to their Younger Selves

by Sarah Moon, James Lecesne, Edited By James Lecesne, Sarah Moon

Arthur A. Levine Books
May 2014

Ages 14 – 18 . Grades 9 – 12

Lexile measure: 950L

DRA: 70

Guided Reading: Z

If you received a letter from your older self, what do you think it would say? What do you wish it would say?

That the boy you were crushing on in History turns out to be gay too, and that you become boyfriends in college? That the bully who is making your life miserable will one day become so insignificant that you won't remember his name until he shows up at your book signing?

In this anthology, sixty-three award-winning authors such as Michael Cunningham, Amy Bloom, Jacqueline Woodson, Gregory Maguire, David Levithan, and Armistead Maupin make imaginative journeys into their pasts, telling their younger selves what they would have liked to know then about their lives as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender people. Through stories, in pictures, with bracing honesty, these are words of love and understanding, reasons to hold on for the better future ahead. They will tell you things about your favorite authors that you never knew before. And they will tell you about yourself.
James Lecesne

James Lecesne is an actor, writer, and activist. His Academy Award-winning short film, "Trevor," inspired the founding of The Trevor Project (
Sarah Moon

Sarah Moon is a teacher and writer. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, with her wife, Jasmine, and their dog, Otis. She is the coeditor of The Letter Q, a young adult anthology. Sparrow is her first young adult novel.


  • Praise for THE LETTER Q:

    "The letter Q stands for 'queer,' of course, and in this lovely, often funny, and always heartfelt book, more than five dozen celebrated writers send letters to their teenage selves. Each note, in its own individual way, promises the author's younger self hope that, in the future, life will get better.... The assembled authors, actors, playwrights, and illustrators are a veritable who's-who of the LGBT creative world, and whose audiences include both young adults and adults." -- BOOKLIST, starred review

    "A thoughtful, humorous, and moving collection of letters and comics... Read together, the letters become a powerful refrain." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

    "With its repeated exhortations to relax more and worry less, this book might be a life-saver for some -- and could function as an author list, as well, for teens wanting to read more about People Like Us." -- HORN BOOK


Paperback / softback

Perfect-bound Paperback

ISBN: 9780545399333

288pp. | 5-¼ x 8