The University of Wisconsin Press

Travel / Gay & Lesbian Interest


Something to Declare
Good Lesbian Travel Writing
Edited by Gillian Kendall

“A major contribution to how queer folk live, love, and travel through this world.”—Tim Miller, performer and author of Body Blows and 1001 Beds

Editor Gillian Kendall has brought together in Something to Declare a collection of impressionistic, literary travel essays that explore the sense of place and the pull of wanderlust, and reveal what happens when a traveler follows her heart. On these pages, established and emerging lesbian travel writers present accounts ranging from the poetic and internal to the exhilarating and life-altering.

Rather than reporting on places to stay, local fare, or politics, these women share personal stories of exploration and adventure. Lucy Jane Bledsoe and her partner camp out and negotiate their way through the Tierra del Fuego in “Fruits at the Border.” Lesléa Newman’s “Bashert” tells the retrospective journey of a college graduate undergoing a simultaneous awakening of her sexuality and artistic talent while working on a kibbutz in Israel. Lori Soderlind’s “Hot Springs, Montana” describes her return—with the help of a native woman— to the place in Montana where her family once made their home.

Whether set in Italian changing rooms, a Cadillac hearse, an ashram, a medieval labyrinth, a wheelchair, or a kayak, and whether amid Japanese typhoons, Caribbean rain, or rare Irish sunshine, Something to Declare offers stories of reflection, challenge, and growth.

Gillian Kendall is a freelance writer who lives in Melbourne, Australia. Her work has appeared in many publications, including The Sun magazine, Glamour, Girlfriends, and Curve. She is author of Mr. Ding’s Chicken Feet and coauthor of How I Became a Human Being, both published by the University of Wisconsin Press.

Contributors: Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Louise A. Blum, Rebecca Chekouras, Jane Churchon, Tzivia Gover, Kate Lynn Hibbard, Jourdan Imani Keith, Gillian Kendall, Sandra Gail Lambert, Pearlie McNeill, Lesléa Newman, Sheila Ortiz Taylor, Suzanne Parker, Sima Rabinowitz, Ruthann Robson, Lauren Sanders, Patty Smith, Lori Soderlind, and Hannah Tennant-Moore

Media & bookseller inquiries regarding review copies, events, and interviews can be directed to the publicity department at or (608) 263-0734. (If you want to examine a book for possible course use, please see our Course Books page. If you want to examine a book for possible rights licensing, please see Rights & Permissions.)

The cover of Kendall's book is green, with some elements of a travel document. Superimposed is a photo of an attractive woman with short hair.

September 2009

LC: 2009010255 HQ
230 pp.   6 x 9

Book icon
Paper $19.95 t
ISBN 978-0-299-23354-9
E-book logo eBook $9.99 t
ISBN 978-0-299-23353-2
  Adobe Digital Edition (PDF)
About our e-books
Printing and cut/paste allowed, access on six different devices.
Shopping cart ADD TO CART
  Review cart contents
Secure checkout

The Terrace Books logo is designed in the shape of a book with a Union chair in silhouette on the cover. The words Terrace Books, Madison, Wisconsin appear also.
A trade imprint of the University of Wisconsin Press

“The journeys in these pages are not only inspiring, but also full of heart. These travel pieces reveal the common threads that unite all passionate travelers —from backpackers to the armchair variety—and transcend orientation.”
—LoAnn Halden, contributing editor,

Home | Books | Journals | Events | Textbooks | Authors | Related | Search | Order | Contact

If you have trouble accessing any page in this web site, contact our Web manager.

Updated June 25, 2012

© 2012, The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System