Books by Steven


3-Pack Jack Performance Art Book Set

3-PACK JACK is a titillating three-book set anthologizing a recent queer performance series curated and hosted by Steven Reigns. Delight in performance photos by Matt Baume alongside the monologues, scripts, and transcriptions from each event. Book Design & Production: Christopher Kardambikis | Darin Klein | Steven Reigns

A delightfully dirty, bawdy, three-way book set!  For those of us who missed the live performances, we can now have it all! Get it!.

--Annie Sprinkle, performer and author of Post-Porn Modernist and Hardcore from the Heart: The Pleasures, Profits and Politics of Sex in Performance

Everything we’re supposed to hide, never to refer to, sits up naked and wags its tail in the joyful pages of these three interrelated books. In Three Pack Jack, acclaimed poet Steven Reigns summons and empowers an amazing variety of gay men before live LA audiences to talk about forbidden subjects. Defying societal shame—fighting even the internalized self-loathing we all of us suffer from to one degree or another—these brave, funny, fiery, guys men present and celebrate…

--Kevin Killian, author of Shy, Impossible Princess, Arctic Summer

In an era when gay men increasingly strive for assimilation and normalcy, these artists shamelessly insist on their perverse erotics and subcultural difference. How thrilling to see a new generation of queer men who believe that radical sexual politics are at the core of gay liberation and who, even more audaciously, see the literary and performing arts as its primary cultural practice. This is a book immediately necessary for our times.

--David Roman, author of O Solo Homo, Acts of Intervention: Performance, Gay Culture, and AIDS, and Performance in America: Contemporary U.S. Culture and the Performing Arts

$20 – Standard Edition

Full-color three-book set; bound with a fold-out poster of a vintage jockstrap advertisement.


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The autobiographical poems of Steven Reigns' INHERITANCE introduce us to the gains and losses of a true American family and detail the bequests of the shadows that linger. Reigns glosses over nothing to reveal what he has been given and the secrets that turn suburbia into a coming-of-age battlefield.

Steven Reigns explores the inexhaustible power of family to affect our lives and loves, and does so in a candid yet passionate manner remarkable for its evocative and wounding moments.

--Wanda Coleman, author of Heavy Daughter Blues and Mercurochrome: New Poems

...A gay life lived with pleasure and bitterness and companionability. It welcomes the reader in and this book is bursting full of relationships whether between siblings or internet dates or married men. Its subject might be the loneliness of how much everybody knows.

--Eileen Myles, author of Sorry, Tree and Skies

Steven Reigns’ Inheritance sizzles with the unsparing heat of memory. This impressive and soulful collection displays a queer poetics so precise and deft it leaves the reader almost singed by how close to the mark the words flare.

--Tim Miller, author of Body Blows and 1001 Beds

Steven Reign's graceful, plainspoken lyrics describe the shape of one gay life at the beginning of this new century, a time of uncertainty, transformation, and hope. To read his book is to meet a man alert to his times and the textures of the lives around him, a community observed with tenderness, wit and pleasure.

-- Mark Doty, author of Dog Years and Fire to Fire

My Life is Poetry


Hooray for this collection of poems--voices released into a world that has needed them for so long.

— Marie HoweI

I was not prepared for the feelings these poems stirred in me.

— David Trinidad

Giving voice to rich lifetimes of experience.

- Mark Doty

edited by Steven Reigns, portraits by Jenny Walters
cover image by: Thaddeus Root, preface by Dorothy Allison
ISBN: 978-0-9714393-0-6

Limited copies available. Contact Steven for more information.

In the Room

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In this chapbook, Steven Reigns unpacks and explores the historical mistreatment of specific elephants.  These dark poems tell a larger story of mob mentality, cruelty, desire for freedom, and how we treat what was once sacred.
published as part of S(t)even Years, under the mentorship of Linda Montano



In Cartography, Reigns charts his friendship with Michael Colleli. Written at the time of his death, the writings are full of loss, reminiscence, pain, and the joy of their friendship. This ten part non-lineal poem addresses the universals of loss, the material, faulty memory, and friendship bonds. Reigns plays cartographer in this poem as he charts his way through his shock and grief.

ISBN: 978-0-9714393-3-8
Cover Image by: Coralyn Pierson



A compilation of Reigns' writings on his first time with a man. The works range from a journal entry written the evening of the event on December 4, 1992 to a poem completed in July of 2005. Reigns writes in the introduction:

The moment we shared was a birth of sorts, an introduction. I hardly ever think of the specifics of that moment but do reflect on its emotional residue. Next year will mark fifteen years. Compiling these works, I realized that no amount of writing could really encapsulate all that the moment meant and ignited.

ISBN: 978-0-9714393-3-7
Chapbook made by Darin Klein & Steven Reigns.
out of print

Your Dead Body is My Welcome Mat


The writings, which describe early memories, have healed some of my own sorrows!

- Linda Montano

People need to dominate their own lives and take control. In this book, Steven Reigns has done just that and set a wonderful precedent for our generation.

- Misstress Formika

Your Dead Body is My Welcome Mat is a brillant and courageous act of truth telling and art. This book will break your heart and then pick up the pieces and put it back together again.

- Sapphire

Published by Burning Page Press
ISBN 0-9714393-1-1
out of print