St Sukie de la Croix
About St Sukie
St Sukie de la Croix, 69, has been a social commentator and researcher on Chicago’s LGBT history for three decades. He has published oral-history interviews; lectured; conducted historical tours; documented LGBT life through columns, photographs, humor features, and fiction; and written the book Chicago Whispers (University of Wisconsin Press, 2012) on local LGBT history. St Sukie de la Croix, the man the Chicago Sun-Times described as “the gay Studs Terkel,” came to Chicago from his native Bath, England, in 1991. He has had columns in local publications or online news and entertainment sources such as Chicago Free Press, Gay Chicago, Nightlines/Nightspots, Outlines, Blacklines, Windy City Times, and GoPride.com as well as numerous others outside the city. In 2008 he was a historical consultant as well as an on-screen interviewee for the WTTW television documentary “Out & Proud in Chicago.” In 2005 and 2006 he had two of his plays, “A White Light in God’s Choir” and “Two Weeks in a Bus Station with an Iguana,” performed by Chicago’s Irreverence Dance & Theatre Company. A popular and engaging lecturer, he has spoken at an array of venues from Chubb Insurance to Boeing and from Horizons Gay Youth Services to the Chicago Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. His crowning achievement came in 2012 when the University of Wisconsin published his in-depth, vibrant record of LGBT Chicagoans, Chicago Whispers: A History of LGBT Chicago Before Stonewall. With a foreword by noted historian John D’Emilio, the book received glowing reviews and cemented de la Croix’s deserved position as a top-ranking historian and leader. In 2012 de la Croix was inducted into the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame. Two years later he moved to Palm Springs, California, and in 2017 published The Blue Spong and the Flight from Mediocrity, a novel set in 1924 Chicago, followed by The Orange Spong and Storytelling at the Vamp Art Café in 2020. In 2018 he published The Memoir of a Groucho Marxist, a work about growing up Gay in Great Britain, and in 2019, Out of the Underground: Homosexuals, the Radical Press and the Rise and Fall of the Gay Liberation Front. Also in 2019 he published St Sukie’s Strange Garden of Woodland Creatures with celebrated illustrator Roy Alton Wald. It was in 2019 that St Sukie de la Croix and Owen Keehnen launched their Tell Me About It Project, which led to the 2019 publication of Tell Me About It, Tell Me About It 2, and in 2020, Tell Me about It 3.
Books by St Sukie de la Croix Available from Rattling Good Yarns Press
Memoir of a Groucho Marxist: A Very British Fairy Tale$14.95
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On September 16, 1951, Darryl Michael Vincent, a fairy boy-child, fell out of a badger hole in Midford Woods. He grew up in a prefabricated house with his mother, Doreen, his father, Stanley, and a red butterfly called Karl Marx. There was something different about him. Very, very, different. He was a Groucho Marxist.
Out of the Underground: Homosexuality, The Radical Press, and the Rise and Fall of the Gay Liberation Front$19.95
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Out of the Underground explores homosexuality in the radical press. It covers the rise and fall of the Gay Liberation Front in several cities, including Milwaukee, Atlanta, Austin, Detroit, San Jose, as well as gay metropolises like New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago.
Tell Me About It: LGBTQ Secrets, Confessions and Life Stories$17.95
In “Tell Me About It,” author/historians St Sukie de la Croix and Owen Keehnen asked a variety of LGBTQ individuals ten specific questions. … Through the voices of others, “Tell Me About It” reveals who we are, what we share, and why we must never allow ourselves to be silenced again.
St Sukie’s Strange Garden of Woodland Creatures$14.95
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St Sukie’s Strange Garden of Woodland Creatures is a book for adults who never lost that childlike sense of wonderment. The book sits firmly in the tradition of Lewis Carroll, Alan Garner, Lord Dunsany, and other British authors who lived with the fairies, lemonade birds, and tequila bunnies.
Tell Me About It 2: LGBTQ Secrets, Confessions, and Life Stories$17.95
We all have stories — sometimes poignant, sometimes entertaining, and usually quite interesting. In this second book of the series, historians of LGBTQ life, St Sukie de la Croix and Owen Keehnen, have been recording and collecting the memories, personal experiences, and anecdotes of queer folks for decades.
The Blue Spong and the Flight from Mediocrity$14.95
The year is 1924; the place is Chicago’s Towertown, home to the city’s Bohemian set. The Clam Sisters are about to have life as they know it turned on its head when one of the sisters purchases a rare blue spong that helps them shed their humdrum existence for something altogether bold and daring.
The Orange Spong and Storytelling at the Vamp-Art Café$14.95
Regardless of whether you are a vampire purist or not, these stories will entertain you, while they titillate you with their strangeness, provoke you with their ideas on the nature of art or immortality, or amuse you with their unusual historical details. Certainly you will never look at a head of lettuce the same way again. – Out in Print: Queer Book Reviews
Immigrants and like to meet to share stories about the “Old Country.” Vampires are no different, they too gather to share stories. Stories that provide an insight into rich and varied vampire history and lore. Their stories challenge our beliefs about who, and what can be a vampire.
Tell Me About It 3: LGBTQ Secrets, Confessions and Life Stories$17.95
Tell Me About It 3 like its two predecessors in the Tell Me About It series is full of moving, horrendous, hilarious, and thought-provoking answers by LGBTQ people from across the country and around the globe, capturing a variety of experience, often revealing more profound similarities.
Other Books and Stories by St Sukie de la Croix
- Chicago Whispers: The History of LGBT Chicago Before Stonewall
- Gay Press, Gay Power – contributor
- “Who Was Jane Dalotz?” in The Kiss of Death: An anthology of vampire stories
- “The Dinner Party or All’s Well That Ends Well” in Midsummer Night’s Dreams, edited by M. Christian
- “Jane Austen Must Be Turning in Her Grave” in Guilty Pleasures, edited by M. Christian
- “I Fuck the Dead” in Book of Dead Things, edited by Tina L. Jens and Eric M. Cherry
- “Private Dick” in Noirotica 3: Stolen Kisses, edited by Thomas S. Roche