Roz Kaveney


Roz Kaveney (born 9 July 1949) is a British writer, critic, and poet, best known for her critical works about pop culture and for being a core member of the Midnight Rose collective.[1][2] Kaveney's works include fiction and non-fiction, poetry, reviewing, and editing.[3] Kaveney is also a transgender rights activist.[4] She has contributed to several newspapers such as The Independent and The Guardian. She is also a founding member of Feminists Against Censorship and a former deputy chair of Liberty.[5] She was deputy editor of the transgender-related magazine META.

Roz Kaveney
Kaveney in 2007
Kaveney in 2007
Born (1949-07-09) 9 July 1949 (age 72)
OccupationWriter and editor

Early life and transitionEdit

Appearing on television discussion programme After Dark in 1988

Kaveney attended Pembroke College, Oxford, where she participated in a poetry group that had a particular interest in Martian poetry and shared a flat with Christopher Reid.[6] Kaveney is a transgender woman, who began transition in her last year at Oxford.[7] After being "persuaded to desist by feminist friends", Kaveney delayed her transition for several years. She eventually transitioned around 1978.[7]

Literary careerEdit

Kaveney gave up poetry in her twenties, not resuming until reaching 50.[7] Kaveney's poetry was originally written in a rhythmic free verse, although her work later shifted into formalism. Kaveney cites a number of bereavements as the trigger for returning to poetry. Speaking to PinkNews, she said: "When my friend Mike Ford died, suddenly and tragically, I organised a memorial meeting for him and wrote a poem for it completely out of the blue.”[7]

Dialectic of the Flesh was shortlisted for the Lambda Award; Rituals - Rhapsody of Blood, Volume One was short-listed for the Crawford Award, and made the Honor Roll for the Tiptree Award.

Kaveney's first novel, Tiny Pieces of Skull, was published in 2015 by Team Angelica Press, 27 years after she wrote it.[7]

A contributor to The Times Literary Supplement (24 July 2015) reviewed Tiny Pieces of Skull, describing the book as a work which "deserves to be recognised as a seminal fictional work on transgender identity and transphobia... hilarious and chilling".[8] It won the 2016 Best Trans Fiction Lambda Literary Award.[9]

Other workEdit

In 1988, Kaveney made an extended appearance on the television discussion After Dark with among others Andrea Dworkin and Anthony Burgess.[10] Kaveney wrote later:

I met Burgess when I did an After Dark with him and Andrea Dworkin, and it remains worth saying that he was so dreadful that Dworkin and I formed an alliance against him.[11]

In 2021 Kaveney appeared in the documentary Rebel Dykes, which explores the history of a radical lesbian subculture in 1980s London, England.[12]

Creative influencesEdit

Kaveney has cited Marilyn Hacker, Thomas M. Disch, and Samuel R. Delany among her literary influences.[13]


  • Tales from the Forbidden Planet (1987) (editor)
  • More Tales from the Forbidden Planet (1990) (editor)
  • Temps (1991) (short story: "A Lonely Impulse)
  • Eurotemps (1992) (novella: "Totally Trashed")
  • The Weerde: The Book of the Ancients Book 2 (1993, co-editor and contributor)
  • Reading the Vampire Slayer - The New, Updated Unofficial Guide to Buffy and Angel (2001)[14][15]
  • From Alien to the Matrix: Reading Science Fiction Film (2005)
  • Superheroes!: Capes and Crusaders in Comics and Films (2006)[16][17]
  • Teen Dreams: Reading Teen Film and Television from 'Heathers' to 'Veronica Mars' (2006)
  • Battlestar Galactica: Investigating Flesh, Spirit, and Steel (2010)
  • Introduction to Scratch Monkey by Charles Stross (1993, introduction 2011)
  • Nip/Tuck: Television That Gets Under Your Skin (2011)
  • Tales from the House Band, Volume 1: A Plus One Music Anthology (2011)
  • Rituals, Rhapsody of Blood, Volume One (2012)
  • Dialectic of the Flesh (2012)
  • What If What's Imagined Were All True (2012)
  • Reflections, Rhapsody of Blood Volume Two (2013)
  • Resurrections, Rhapsody of Blood Volume Three (2014)
  • Tiny Pieces of Skull (2015)
  • Realities, Rhapsody of Blood Volume Four (2018)
  • Catullus (2018)
  • Queer: LGBTQ Writing from Ancient Times to Yesterday (2021)
  • Selected Poems: 2009-2021 (2021)
  • The Great Good Time (2022)


  1. ^ "SURVEYOR OF THE SUPERHEROES: KAVENEY TALKS NEW BOOK". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
  2. ^ Taylor, Laurie. "Superheroes - Ribbon Culture". BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
  3. ^ Jackson, Stevi (1998). Contemporary Feminist Theories. Edinburgh University Press. p. 120. ISBN 0748606890.
  4. ^ "META magazine: the sex issue". Gay Times. Archived from the original on 19 December 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
  5. ^ "40 Years of Women: Roz Kaveney". Retrieved 9 November 2021.
  6. ^ "Roz Kaveney on the Potent Sexuality and Humor of an Ancient Roman Poet". Lambda Literary. 28 October 2019. Retrieved 9 November 2021.
  7. ^ a b c d e "Prolific trans writer Roz Kaveney: 'Pain gave me a dark sense of humour'". PinkNews | Latest lesbian, gay, bi and trans news | LGBT+ news. 2 October 2021. Retrieved 8 November 2021.
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  9. ^ Team, Edit (7 June 2016). "28th Annual Lammy Award Winners Announced".
  10. ^ Andrea Dworkin and Anthony Burgess | After Dark | Late-night live talk show | 1988, retrieved 8 November 2021
  11. ^ By popular demand..., Roz Kaveney, 3 November 2005, accessed 29 December 2021
  12. ^ "Rebel Dykes (2021) Review – BFI Flare | The Film Magazine". 22 March 2021. Retrieved 8 November 2021.
  13. ^ EDITOR (11 February 2021). "Roz Kaveney: "LGBTQI voices are important and culture loses so much if we are suppressed"". DIVA. Retrieved 9 November 2021.
  14. ^ Guiley, Rosemary (2004). The Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves and Other Monsters. Checkmark Books. pp. 7. ISBN 0816046859.
  15. ^ Booklist Review: Reading the Vampire Slayer. Booklist. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
  16. ^ GRAVETT, PAUL (13 June 2008). "Kirby: king of comics, by Mark Evanier; Superheroes!, by Roz Kaveney". The Independent. London. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
  17. ^ Keen, Tony. "Superheroes! by Roz Kaveney". Strange Horizons. Retrieved 19 October 2012.

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