PHOENIX SONG has many recurring themes—non-binary gender, queer and bi+ sexuality, and childhood and psychiatric trauma. As the traumas resonate within the speaker, we understand them as the root of mental health struggles—rather than clinical, problematic psychiatric “diagnosis.” As the speaker moves from lyrical embodiment of deep feeling to the clarity of prose, they are set free and return, renewed by flame, to the joys of pleasure and their song. It’s true we are all the heroes of our own stories, but we are also sometimes part of something bigger—a bright, sparkling, magic, urgent wave of not-so-delicate beasts, cresting through the water, a surge, a collective: “me too.” This collection offers an incantation, a wisdom synthesized by both mind and body.
LD (Leo) Green is a queer and non-binary writer, performer, college educator, and mental health advocate living in Richmond, California.�� They co-edited the anthology We've Been Too Patient: Voices from Radical Mental Health with Kelechi Ubozoh, published in 2019 by North Atlantic Books.�� Leo's work has been published on Salon, Mad in America, The Body is Not an Apology,��truth-out.org, in Sinister Wisdom, Foglifter, and elsewhere. They have received fellowships from Lambda Literary, Tin House, and Catwalk Artists in Residence.�� Leo has placed as a quarterfinalist and semifinalist in two international screenwriting contests.�� They are pitching a YA science fiction novel, and adapting one of their screenplays into a graphic novel.�� Leo teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at Los Medanos College.