Academic and Writer

I have been writing poems and short stories and personal essays since I was a young child, and I absolutely love playing with words. I believe in the importance of language.


I have published dozens of articles, essays, book reviews, and other texts in different publications in print and online.


Some of my academic work includes the following monographs: Are the Kids All Right? The Representation of LGBTQ Characters in Children’s and Young Adult Lit and Translating Expressive Language in Children’s Literature. I also edited and contributed to True North: Literary Translation in the Nordic Countries and Northern Lights: Translation in the Nordic Countries. And I co-edited Queer in Translation and International LGBTQ+ Literature for Children and Young Adults, the latter of which will be published later this year.


I have also published more than twenty peer-reviewed, academic articles, with more due to be published soon, and I am currently writing an academic-popular crossover book about the depiction of breastfeeding in literature for adults and children.


A list of my academic publications can be found here.

My new book is now available!

We’re Here! A Practical Guide to Becoming an LGBTQ+ Parent

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Published August 2021



‘This fascinating snapshot of international LGBTQ+ material for young people makes for a timely contribution to comparative queer children’s literature studies and to our broader understanding of childhood in cultural context. A groundbreaking volume and indispensable resource.’ — Kenneth Kidd, University of Florida, US

‘Bravely crossing linguistic and political boundaries, and splendidly unorthodox in their approach, Epstein and Chapman offer a ground-breaking collection of essays on international LGBTQ+ literature for young people, with a much-needed emphasis on non-English language texts. With contributions by academics, librarians, authors, and activists, this is a must-read for anyone interested in the power of children’s literature to reflect the complexities of and possibilities for young people’s lives.’ — Paulette Rothbauer, Western University, Canada

‘Aiming to map global representations of LGBTQ+, from picture books to YAF, this volume witnesses how tricky it is to navigate queerness, in fiction, activism, and academia. Eye-opening at times, highly provocative at others, in suggested readings and theoretical scope, the value of this study resides in its activist take on queer children’s literature.’ — Mia Österlund, Åbo Akademi University and Helsinki University, Finland

Queer in Translation cover image
Are the Kids All RIght cover image
True North cover image