Blog / 2020 / Why We Should All Be More Queer

June 30, 2020

The original quokka painting is for sale for $1500 plus shipping—see all currently available artworks. If you want prints or other pretty items with this image, check out my Redbubble shop.

The full alphabet book is available here, and a bunch of the original artworks from the book that aren’t already sold—including Q Is for Quokka—are on display in July at Wildflowers Too on Long Beach Island!

Open: July 3rd through August 9th
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday from 11a to 4p
Virtual Reception: Tuesday July 14th at 4p (New York time) on Facebook

Wildflowers Too
506 Broadway
Barnegat Light, NJ 08006
609-361-1101

quokka, a little marsupial, wildlife art
Gwenn Seemel
Q Is for Quokka
2020
acrylic on panel
14 x 14 inches

The first names embedded in this image are Q, Qadim, Qarim, Qasim, Quaashie, Quamaine, Quamora, Quanah, Quanda, Queeny, Quentin, Questa, Quetzalli, Quiana, Quianru, Quibilah, Quigley, Quilene, Quimby, Quincy, Quinn, Quintavius, Quique, Quirijn, Quirino, and Quondra.

quokka painting
detail of Q Is for Quokka

Here’s what I’ve been reading since my last alphabet book update:

  • Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

    This novel is a collection of fascinating character sketches, with the action told more as context for the person being described than as what’s driving the plot. This gives the book the feel of benevolent gossip, so that Girl, Woman, Other ends up being a lovely way to remind us of how interconnected we all are.

  • Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

    This was such a fun book, while also being a pretty serious one too. That’s my favorite combination: playful and also playing for keeps.

  • Long Division by Kiese Laymon

    This was my second time reading this novel, and it’s twice as strange, engrossing, and powerful the second time around.

  • How Long ’til Black Future Month? by NK Jemisin

    Jemisin’s longer works are captivating and immersive, so it was interesting to read her style in short stories. Sometimes it made the stories exhausting, but in a good way, like intense exercise for your imagination.

  • She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman by Erica Armstrong Dunbar

    I generally prefer memoirs to biographies, but I was glad to read this bio. It made me realize how little of Tubman’s life and contributions I really understood.

  • Broad Band by Claire L Evans

    This book makes me think of Maggie Koerth-Baker’s Before the Lights Go Out. Each of the books opened my eyes to the complexities to one of modern life’s necessities—the internet in the case of Broad Band and electricity in the case of Before the Lights Go Out—and both books are excellent.


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