The Queer Words Podcast

Guest blog from podcaster, Wayne Goodman

I started Queer Words Podcast in October 2018, drawing on the dozens of local authors my partner, Rick May, and I had hosted at our live, in-store reading series Perfectly Queer. At first, I thought I might post an episode every two weeks, but it quickly became apparent that would not be sufficient. Requests to be featured started arriving, and I soon moved to a weekly format.

The podcast has showcased the well-known and the not-so-well-known. Nationally recognizable names, such as Michael Nava, Jewelle Gomez, Charles Busch, Arisa White, Felice Picano, Cheryl Head, and Garth Greenwell have participated. Authors from across the globe are featured as well: Australia, Sweden, Britain, New Zealand, France, and Canada so far.

There are other podcasts that interview queer authors, but I believe the thing that sets Queer Words apart is that I attempt to present the person behind the books, as well as their writing. Guests share their experiences of growing up knowing they’re different and how they emerged as queer in a world that is not always welcoming.

Each author shares a reading and a little insight into their creative process. I like to say it’s like having a private master class with those who have been successful in the literary field and then sharing it with everyone.

Queer Words Podcast is available wherever you find fine podcasts, on Twitter (@wordsqueer), Instagram (@queerwordspodcast), and at the website ( The podcast episodes are archived in the Library of Congress LGBTQ+ Digital Collection.

If you are a queer-identified author with published works (or if you know of someone who might qualify, please write me:


Wayne Goodman has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area most of his life (with too many cats). Goodman hosts Queer Words Podcast, conversations with queer-identified authors about their works and lives. When not writing or recording, he enjoys playing Gilded Age parlor music on the piano, with an emphasis on women, gay, and Black composers.

Catch him as a panelist on ‘Podcasting and vlogging: The current frontier’ (Panel B4)

Check out the full schedule HERE.