Female Transgressive Writers of all time (Part 4)

  1. Kola Boof

  2. Tama Janowitz

  3. Vicki Hendricks

  4. Monica Drake

  5. Simone de Beauvoir

Time to talk about another 5 fantastic authors that I categorize under Transgressive Fiction according to their style and themes, how they use the power of writing to transgress the norms of their society and culture. Today we will talk about Kola Boof, Tama Janowitz, Vicki Hendricks, Monica Drake, and Simone de Beauvoir.

Tama Janowitz

(April 12, 1956)

Tama Janowitz is an American novelist and a short story writer who is often referenced as one of the main "brat pack" authors, along with Bret Easton Ellis, and Jay McInerney.(source) Upon settling in New York City, Janowitz started writing about life there, socializing with Andy Warhol (source) and becoming well known in Manhattan literary and social circles. Her 1986 collection of short stories, Slaves of New York, brought her wider fame. (source) Janowitz has published seven novels, one collection of stories, and one work of nonfiction.

I had a hunger for things I knew realistically I didn't actually care for.― Tama Janowitz

Kola Boof

Boof Egyptian, Sudanese, American novelist, and poet. She wrote several provocative books including The Sexy Part of the Bible, Flesh and the Devil, Long Train to the Redeeming Sin, and Virgins In the Beehive. Kola Boof's in her stories demonstrate how flashpoints are reached in cyberspace, the new forum for underground literature and politics, where fact and myth become indistinguishable and publicity campaigns become a kind of performance art.


Her writing has appeared in Harper’s and the story collection Politically Inspired. Her autobiography, Diary of a Lost Girl, was published in 2006. She has been interviewed by MSNBC, FOX News, and CNN; and has been featured in TV Guide, Time, the New York Post, and the New York Times. She lives between Harlem and Southern California. (source)

The Black woman is the most unprotected, unloved woman on earth...she is the only flower on earth...that grows unwatered.
Kola Boof

Vicki Hendricks

Hendricks was born in Covington, Kentucky, raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, and moved to Florida in 1973. Her novel Cruel Poetry was a finalist for the Edgar Award in 2008. Her work has been translated into Italian, German, French, Finnish, Hebrew, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese.


Hendricks has been praised as the "Queen of Noir" for rejuvenating women's crime/noir in the nineties and both extolled and denounced for her graphic use of sexual elements that distinguish neo-noir from noir of the 1930s through 1950s. This categorized her as one of the Transgressive Writers in transgressivefiction.info. To know more about her, check my interview with Vicki here.

I'd rather wear bare skin than raw silk any day.
― Vicki Hendricks, Miami Purity

Monica Drake


Monica Drake is an American fiction writer known for her novels, Clown Girl with an introduction by Chuck Palahniuk and