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Vanilla, 2017

Vanilla (PUSH / Scholastic Press, 2017)

From the Editor: This is the moving, honest story of two boys who’ve been in love for a long time, but who must also face the truth that they want different things from life and from each other. It’s a story not just for LGBTQIA+ readers, but for anyone who’s ever navigated the confusions, complications, and commemorations of a relationship. With Vanilla, Billy Merrell makes a remarkable fiction debut.


Talking in the Dark coverTalking in the Dark (PUSH / Scholastic, 2003)

From the Publisher: This is a memoir that is lived in moments. The moments you know – when you see your parents’ marriage dissolving, when you realize you’re a boy who likes boys, when you speak the truth and don’t know if it will be heard. The moments you don’t recognize until later – when you leave things unsaid (even to yourself), when you feel your boyfriend letting go, when you give up on love. And the moment you get love back.

The Full Spectrum (Knopf, 2006)

• Recipient of the Lambda Literary Award

From the publisher: YA authors David Levithan and Billy Merrell have collected original poems, essays, and stories by young adults in their teens and early 20s. The Full Spectrum includes a variety of writers—gay, lesbian, bisexual, straight, transitioning, and questioning—on a variety of subjects: coming out, family, friendship, religion/faith, first kisses, break-ups, and many others.


Spirit Animals: Tales of the Fallen Beasts (Scholastic, 2016)

• Part of the New York Times bestselling series

From the Publisher: All across the world, legends are appearing. Great Beasts — once the most powerful beings in Erdas — are being summoned as spirit animals. Bonded to special kids, they unite the human and animal worlds.




Vanilla. New York: PUSH/Scholastic Press, 2017.

Talking in the Dark: A Poetry Memoir. New York: PUSH/Scholastic, 2003.

As Editor

The Full Spectrum: A New Generation of Writing about Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Other Identities (with David Levithan). New York: Knopf Books for Young Readers/Random House, 2006.

• Recipient of the Lambda Literary Award


“Since Feeling Is First” in The Writer’s Guide to Poetry. New York: Signature / Penguin Random House, 2017.

Poems in Anthologies and Magazines

“3 1/2 Love Sonnets,” HIV Here & Now, July 9, 2015.

“Bat House,” Gulf Cost: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts, Vol. 27 Issue 1. October 2014.

“The Work of Sons and Fathers,” Slice Magazine, 2014.

“Transmission” in Contemporary Poetry, presented by the New Art Dealers Association (NADA), May 2014.

“Feeling Older” in Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide, Vol. 20 Issue 5. September/October 2013.

“National Anthem, 1991” in Divining Divas: 100 Gay Men on Their Muses. Lethe, 2012.

“Nabakov, Naming the Animals” in A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry. Akron, OH: University Of Akron, 2012.

“Sonnet [NOTE ON THE LEAP]” in The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2011.

“Marriage 1” and “Sonnet [NOTE ON THE KISS]” in Slice Magazine, Issue 7. Fall 2010/Winter 2011.

“My Boyfriend Refuses to Speak Iambic Pentameter” in Best Gay Poetry 2008. New York: Lethe Press, 2008.

“My Boyfriend Refuses to Speak Iambic Pentameter” in This Is Push: An Anthology of New Writing. New York: Push, 2007.

“Off Like a Prom Dress” in 21 Proms. New York: Scholastic, 2007.

“Aubade to Childhood” in The Best Young Writers and Artists in America. New York: Scholastic, 2002.


“Bamboo Grove” and “A Place Named for Deer” by Wang Wei. Guernica: A Magazine of Art & Politics, January 2012.

For Children 

“Rebel Bond” in Spirit Animals: Tales of the Fallen Beasts. Scholastic, 2016.

Spirit Animals: Ninani (Tales of the Great Beasts Special e-Extra). Scholastic, 2014.

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“Yin and Yu” in Spirit Animals: Tales of the Great Beasts. Scholastic, 2014. Press

Infinity Ring Secrets #4: Blood and Ink (eBook Original, Kindle Edition). New York: Scholastic, 2013.

Infinity Ring Secrets #6: Up in Flames (eBook Original, Kindle Edition). New York: Scholastic, 2013.