Swelling with Pride

Queer Conception and Adoption Stories

First-of-its-kind, very long-awaited, and bursting with rich storytelling, Swelling with Pride compiles the successes and setbacks of Canadian, queer parenthood, past and present. 

Editor and proud queer mom Sara Graefe has assembled more than twenty-five creative non-fiction LGBTQ2 authors from across North America, both well-known and up-and-coming, including Andrea Bennett, Marusya Bociurkiw, Jane Byers, Susan G. Cole, Caitlin Crawshaw, Rachel Epstein, Terrie Hamazaki, Nicola Harwood, Natalie Meisner and many more. Together, their candid, moving, thought-provoking stories celebrate what it is to be queer and give voice to both the challenges and joys of building a LGBTQ2 family in a predominantly straight, cis-gendered world. 

Sara Graefe

Sara Graefe is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. As former publications coordinator for BC's Society of Special Needs Adoptive Parents, she authored the bestselling special needs parenting book, Living with FASD: A Guide for Parents and edited the Adoption Piece by Piece trilogy (Groundwork Press). In 2007, she became a proud queer mom and began chronicling her experiences on her blog, Gay Girls Make Great Moms (queermommy.wordpress.com). Her creative non-fiction has appeared in various magazines and anthologies, including Literary Mama, Walk Myself Home, Boobs: Women Explore What it Means to Have Breasts, Telling Truths: Storying Motherhood, Mothers and Sons, and A Family by Any Other Name: Exploring Queer Relationships (finalist for a 2015 Lambda Literary Award). She lives in Vancouver with her wife and school-aged son and is on faculty in the Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia.

Marketing & Publicity
  • Writer's Festivals: Vancouver, CNF Toronto, FOLD
  • Book Tour: Vancouver, Victoria, Edmonton, Toronto
  • Media (National/Niche): CBC, Globe & Mail, The Hairpin, Georgia Straight, Walrus, Herizons, BC Bookworld, Chatelaine, Plenitude, Daily Xtra, Quill & Quire, Maisonneuve, The Toronto Star
  • Blurbs: Zena Sharman, Murray & Peter Corren, Spencer Herbert
  • Strong contender for Lambda Literary, Goldie Award, etc.
  • Active and engaging author with a built-in audience from blog, "Gay Girls Make Great Moms"