Martin Pousson ‘99 has published his second novel, Black Sheep Boy, with Rare Bird Books. A collection of linked narratives centered around a young queer man coming of age in the Bayou lands of Louisiana, the “novel in stories” introduces the reader to a diverse band of characters who all haunt the unnamed main character’s struggle to get out. This is Pousson’s second book of fiction, and includes stories for which he was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship in 2014.
Lambda Literary noted in a review of Black Sheep Boy: “What Pousson does so masterfully is to take such a dazzlingly fantastical and specific world and render it universally recognizable to anyone who’s grown up queer in a world that would—sometimes violently—prefer he or she did not.” Pousson himself reads an excerpt in this video trailer.
Pousson was born and raised in Louisiana’s Cajun French bayou, a region which features prominently in his work. His previous two publications – his first novel, No Place, Louisiana, and the poetry collection Sugar – both draw on the rich imagery of the Gulf Coast. No Place, Louisiana was a finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Book Award; Sugar was a finalist for the 2006 Lambda Literary Award in Gay Men's Poetry
Pousson currently teaches at California State University Northridge. He has published work in The Antioch Review, Cimarron Review, Epoch, Five Points, New Orleans Review, The Rattling Wall, StoryQuarterly, TriQuarterly, among others.