What follows is a fairly comprehensive list of all of my writings, including books I have written, individual articles and essays I have penned (many accessible online!), anthologies I have been included in, my academic papers, translations of my work, and my chapbooks (i.e., small, self-published books). For each category, writings appear in reverse chronological order, with more recent works at the top of the list.

This page does not include many of my older (mostly trans-themed) writings — these can be found on either my trans activism webpage and/or my blog. I also have a separate Trans Psychology page that collects all my writings related to transgender development, healthcare, prevalence, diagnoses, theories, sexualities, and so forth.

If you are interested in excerpting or translating my writings, click that link for more info.

If you appreciate my writings (many of which I make freely available here, on my blog, and on Medium), then please consider supporting me on Patreon — if you do, you'll get behind-the-scenes updates, access to many of my in-progress & unpublished writings, plus other goodies!

99 Erics: a Kat Cataclysm faux novel (Switch Hitter Press, 2020; winner of the Publishing Triangle’s 2021 Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, and an Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) 2021 silver medalist in LGBT+ Fiction) is my full-length foray into fiction! It follows the adventures (and/or misadventures) of Kat Cataclysm, an ethically non-monogamous bisexual woman and absurdist short fiction writer who attempts to date 99 different people named Eric for literature’s sake. It is silly, surreal, and sex-positive—click the link for more details, FREE SAMPLES, reviews, interviews, and excerpts from the book, plus where to purchase it! And if you are already a fan of the book, be sure to check out Kat Cataclysm’s 2016 chapbook General Surgery and Surgeons General.
Outspoken: A Decade of Transgender Activism and Trans Feminism (Switch Hitter Press, 2016; finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction) compiles forty-eight of my previously unpublished and difficult to find trans-themed writings, including my early slam poems and spoken word, essays and manifestos written contemporaneously with Whipping Girl and Excluded, plus my more recent work addressing differences within trans communities and activism. Click the link for more details, reviews, and excerpts from the book, plus where to purchase it. Also, be sure to explore the free online trans/gender/sexuality/activism glossary (with almost 200 entries!) that accompanies the book!
Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive (Seal Press, 2013; finalist for the Publishing Triangle’s Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction) offers vital new insights into how prejudice works and how to improve activism, addressing topics such as intersectionality, call-out culture, Nature-versus-Nurture debates, how to be an ethically gendered and sexual being, embracing heterogeneity and ambivalence, and more! Click the link for more details, reviews, interviews, and excerpts from the book, plus where to purchase it. Excluded was recently included on several best books of the 2010s lists.
Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity (Seal Press, 2007; second edition in 2016) is a collection of personal essays that debunk many of the myths and misconceptions that people have about trans women, femininity, and the subjects of gender and sexism more generally. Click the link for more details, reviews, interviews, and excerpts from the book, plus where to purchase it. Whipping Girl is now available in audiobook, and has recently been translated into Spanish and French.

articles and essays
Here is a list of articles, essays, and other pieces that I have written for various news and media outlets. Popular or notable articles are highlighted in bold:

The following are anthology contributions and/or forewords I have written for other people’s books. Most of the links will take you to the Amazon.com site for the book, so that you can find out more about it - but I encourage you to buy it from an independent bookstore if you can!

academic papers
The following are articles that I have written for academic journals, organized into the categories of “gender and sexuality” or “biology”—links will take you to a PDF of the article. Some of these articles may also be found on my ResearchGate, Academia.edu, and Google Scholar pages.

gender and sexuality articles:
biology articles:
  • Serano J.M., Martin A., Liubicich D.M., Jarvis E., Bruce H.S., La K., Browne W.E., Grimwood J., Patel N.H., 2016. Comprehensive analysis of Hox gene expression in the amphipod crustacean Parhyale hawaiensis. Developmental Biology, 409 (1), 297-309.
  • Martin A., Serano J.M., Jarvis E., Bruce H.S., Wang J., Ray S., Barker C.A., O’Connell L.C., Patel N.H., 2016. CRISPR/Cas9 Mutagenesis Reveals Versatile Roles of Hox Genes in Crustacean Limb Specification and Evolution. Current Biology, 26 (1), 14-26.
  • Liubicich, D.M., Serano, J.M., Pavlopoulos, A., Kontarakis, Z., Protas, M.E., Kwan, E., Chatterjee, S., Tran, K.D., Averof, M., Patel, N.H., 2009. Knockdown of Parhyale Ultrabithorax recapitulates evolutionary changes in crustacean appendage morphology. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 106, 13892-13896.
  • Pavlopoulos, A., Kontarakis, Z., Liubicich, D.M., Serano, J.M., Akam, M., Patel, N.H., Averof, M., 2009. Probing the evolution of appendage specialization by Hox gene misexpression in an emerging model crustacean, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 106, 13897-13902.
  • Serano, J. and Rubin, G. M. (2003). The Drosophila synaptotagmin-like protein bitesize is required for growth and has mRNA localization sequences within its open reading frame. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 100, 13368-13373.
  • Page-McCaw, A., Serano, J., Santé, J. and Rubin, G.M. (2003) Drosophila Matrix Metalloproteinases are required for tissue remodeling but not embryonic development. Developmental Cell 4, 95-106.
  • Littleton, J. T.*, Serano, T. L.*, Rubin, G. M., Ganetzky, B. and Chapman, E. R. (1999). Synaptic function modulated by changes in the ratio of Synaptotagmin I and IV. Nature 400, 757-760.
    * these authors contributed equally to this work
  • Kopczynski, C. C., Noodermeer, J. N., Serano, T. L., Chen, W.-Y., Pendleton, J. D., Lewis, S., Goodman, C. S. and Rubin, G. M. (1998). A high throughput screen to identify secreted and transmembrane proteins involved in Drosophila embryogenesis. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 95, 9973-9978.
  • Karlin-McGinness, M., Serano, T. L. and Cohen, R. S. (1996). Comparative analysis of the kinetics and dynamics of K10, bicoid, and oskar mRNA localization in the Drosophila oocyte. Developmental Genetics 19, 238-248.
  • Serano, T. L. and Cohen, R. S. (1995). A small predicted stem-loop structure mediates oocyte localization of Drosophila K10 mRNA. Development 121, 3809-3818.
  • Serano, T. L. and Cohen, R. S. (1995). Gratuitous mRNA localization in the Drosophila oocyte. Development 121, 3013-3021.
  • Serano, T. L., Karlin-McGinness, M. and Cohen, R. S. (1995). The role of fs(1)K10 in the localization of the mRNA of the TGFalpha homolog gurken within the Drosophila oocyte. Mechanisms of Development 51, 183-192.
  • Cohen, R. S. and Serano, T. L. (1995). mRNA localization and function of the Drosophila fs(1)K10 gene. In Localized RNAs (ed. H. D. Lipshitz), pp. 99-112. Austin: R. G. Landes.
  • Serano, T. L., Cheung, H.-K., Frank, L. H. and Cohen, R. S. (1994). P element transformation vectors for studying Drosophila melanogaster oogenesis and early embryogenesis. Gene 138, 181-186.
  • Cheung, H.-K., Serano, T. L. and Cohen, R. S. (1992). Evidence for a highly selective RNA transport system and its role in establishing the dorsoventral axis of the Drosophila egg. Development 114, 653-661.


Translations of my books:
Translations of my individual essays:
If you are interested in translating my writings, click that link for more info.

the following chapbooks are all smaller, self-published books that I have put out in the past...

General Surgery and Surgeons General: a Kat Cataclysm chapbook is a 46 page professionally hand-crafted chapbook supposedly authored by Kat Cataclysm (Julia’s “nom de plume” and fictional protagonist of 99 Erics). It is silly, surreal, and sex-positive! Published by Switch Hitter Press (Oakland, CA), copyright 2016.
On the Outside Looking In is a 36 page, 4 essay chapbook providing a trans woman's perspective on feminism and the exclusion of trans women from lesbian and women-only spaces, Published by Hot Tranny Action (Oakland, CA), copyright 2005.
Draw Blood is a 56 page chapbook containing 16 of Julia's spoken word pieces. Published by Hot Tranny Action (Oakland, CA), copyright 2004.
"Baby Chapbook" is a two poem chapbook plus baby pictures released in July, 2003! Published by Switch Hitter 2003.
Either/Or is a 33 page chapbook that comes with a complementary 13 track CD! It features eleven spoken word pieces and two Bitesize songs. Published by Switch Hitter Press (Oakland, CA), copyright 2002.

As a songwriter, I often write lyrics! The lyrics to my first *soft vowel sounds* record can be found here, and all of the lyrics for my previous band Bitesize can be found here.

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