Hello! I’m Kes Otter Lieffe.
I’m the author of Margins, a trilogy of queer speculative fiction novels. I’ve written several short stories, and a colouring book series on queer ecology.
I’m an ecologist and I’ve been involved in grassroots community struggles for over twenty years with many incredible organisations and collectives. 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.
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.
There are fewer working-class authors each year as creating becomes ever harder to live from.
I love my work. I want to raise money for my incredible friends and their work that is literally part of a better world. I want to amplify marginalised voices with podcasts and workshops. I want to create sustainable solidarity initiatives that meet people’s material needs. And I want to write!
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. And thank you so much to everyone who has supported me on this journey since 2016. You are all amazing.
Illustrator, Anja Van Geert and I have created this full-sized colouring book – published this year – 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 – is now available to pre-order from publisher, W_orten & Meer. Available October 2023
This colouring book explores the fascinating world of queer plants, fungi, coral and lichens. €1 or £1 from the sale of every zine will be donated to Solidarity Apothecary, materially supporting revolutionary struggles and communities with plant medicines.