Hello! I’m Kes Otter Lieffe.
I’m the author of four speculative fiction novels including the Margins trilogy. I’ve written several short stories, articles, and a colouring book series on queer ecology. I regularly offer workshops, book readings and interviews. And I’ve recently started offering editing services.
I’m an ecologist and I’ve been involved in grassroots community struggles for over twenty years. My work focuses on the intersections of class, queerness and environmental struggles and creating radical alternatives to the oppressions of capitalism.
I write and organise from a working-class, chronically ill, transfeminine perspective.
Coming in March 2024
Queer Animals colouring zine, coming soon in German!
Queere Tiere Malbuch, bald auch auf Deutsch!
Home is a verb
This new novel explores burnout and despair, collective collapse and recovery. In a shifting world, marginalised characters must face their traumas and embrace change. In their search for healing, they are brought together, finding home in the least expected of places.
Illustrator, Anja Van Geert and I have created this full-sized colouring book to celebrate the ways in which our beautiful queer communities exist far beyond the realms of human culture. The perfect gift for all your friends who love queer animals and plants!
The first full length translation of my novel Margins and Murmurations – into German – by anti-discrimination publisher, W_orten & Meer.
Die erste vollständige Übersetzung meines Romans Margins and Murmurations – ins Deutsche – durch den Anti-Diskriminierungs-Verlag W_orten & Meer.
I have a media page and bio and you can contact me here.
I write a monthly newsletter about my writing and activism work.
If you find value in my work and would to help me keep creating, there are lots of ways to support me.
In my futuristic stories, marginalised characters take centre stage in powerful resistance movements. Everything is at stake and so much is possible.
Inspired by themes from my novels, I’m hosting a cosy podcast discussing anything from solidarity movements and trans herbalism to friendship and queer ecology.
Creating becomes ever harder to live from and as a result there are fewer working-class authors each year.
I love my work. I want to continue to raise money for work that is literally part of a better world. I want to amplify marginalised voices with podcasts and workshops and create sustainable solidarity initiatives that meet people’s material needs. And I want to keep writing!
If you’ve ever benefited from my work and would like to support me, here is a list of fourteen ideas, including two minute actions that don’t cost anything. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me on this journey since 2016. You are all amazing.