This book offers a rich and long-overdue contribution to the field of working class gay literature. In this age of Will and Grace and gentrification, the "dream market" and gay investment advisors, people don't hear much about working-class queers. In fact, some would even consider the idea a contradiction in terms. But the 18 contributors to "Everything I Have is Blue" would beg to differ. The first collection of short stories by working-class queer, gay and bisexual men, this is a rich and long-overdue contribution both to the burgeoning field of working-class studies and to LGBT-queer studies. The international writers collected here include a professional trucker, a Texas prisoner, a librarian, a poet, an activist, a retired English professor, and a street mime, to name a few, but what makes their voices powerful and unique isn't their professions, it's their ability to straddle ideological and cultural divides that would give Paul Bunyan pause. In "Everything I Have is Blue" are love stories and stories of lives gone wrong; narratives of hope and songs of despair; tales of revenge and chronicles of redemption.
In short, this collection showcases a literature of depth and complexity that brings much-needed colour to the palate of queer cultural and literary identity.