What has a love interest with red lipstick, thick chest hair and long nails? A short story by Callan Field #queersummer #yycqueerwriters

We get almost dirty but not quite with this one.

As we countdown to the launch of the fourth YYC Queer Writers anthology, you get to meet our fab contributors, and listen to some fab music. We’re almost there! Launch party next week!

Today’s featured author is CALLAN FIELD.

CALLAN FIELD is a queer Canadian artist, adventure(r) and dog lover – allergies be damned. An emerging visual artist, he studied environmental science before completing his BFA at Ryerson University in 2014. While his primary medium is photography, his work has expanded to include writing, video, and installation. He was recently selected for The Peel, a multi-layered project featuring six Canadian artists as they canoed into the Arctic Circle through the Peel River Watershed. The documentary and touring exhibition follows the journey of each artist as they express the experience through their unique medium. Learn more at thepeel.ca, and find out more about Callan at callanfield.com and @callanfield on Instagram.

This is how his story, “YOU, AND THE HERD,” starts:

I was walking with my girlfriends when I saw you. We were on our way to Nashville North, with nothing more than a vague plan to slam shots and cowboys, although not necessarily in that order. The sun was setting, painting the sparse fair-weather clouds above us a mauve hue, and they had just turned on the fairground spotlights in response to the coming darkness. My eyes had been sailing across an ocean of leather boots, denim vests and straw hats when your midnight blue floral dress parted the Tacky Sea. Like Moses. You worked the spotlights as if you had walked the Milan runway a hundred times in those stilettos. As you did, the light caught the purple flowers on your dress, giving them the illusion of having just blossomed.

This is the song you should listen to as you’re reading it:

Want all of A QUEER SUMMER NIGHT IN COWTOWN? Pre-Orders now available at:

  • AMAZON (live)
  • KOBO (coming soon)
  • CHAPTERS (coming soon)

And, if you’re in Calgary, our launch party closes Calgary Stampede week:

RSVP via EventBrite or Facebook

All profits from the anthology’s sales go to benefit Alberta’s Camp Fyrefly.

Camp fYrefly is a summer camp and leadership retreat  designed for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, two-spirited, intersexed, queer, and questioning youth, (LGBTQ2S+) and planned in part by a committee of the same youth it seeks to serve. Camp fYrefly  is designed to help youth develop the leadership skills and personal resiliency necessary for them to become agents for positive change in their schools, families, and communities. In a word, it helps keep queer kids alive.

WARNING: Although we are fundraising for a youth program, the content of our anthology contains mature themes, frequently of a sexual nature, and is intended for an adult audience.

But, the launch party is all ages. Bring your kids, bring your granny; dress accordingly.

Drop-ins welcome. but if we know you’re coming, we can make sure we don’t run out of books for you.



About mjanecolette

Writer. Reader. Angster. Reformed Bohemian (not). Author of the erotic romance TELL ME, the erotic tragedy (with a happy ending) CONSEQUENCES (of defensive adultery), the award-winning rom-com (she's versatile) CHERRY PIE CURE, and TEXT ME, CUPID--a (slightly dirty) love story for 21st century adults who don't believe in love... but want it anyway. A sought-after speaker and presenter, Colette is also the author of the Dirty Writing Secrets Series, which includes the non-fiction collection of essays ROUGH DRAFT CONFESSIONS: not a guide to writing and selling erotica and romance but full of inside inside anyway, 101 FLIRTY WRITING PROMPTS TO SEDUCE YOUR MUSE, and ORGANIZED CREATIVE. She's also the curator of the fab YYC Queer Writers anthologies Queer Christmas in Cowtown, Screw Chocolate, and A Queer Summer Night's in Cowtown. Releasing Spring 2020: CUPID IN MONTE CARLO.

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