Poppy Z. BritePoppy Z. Brite (born May 25, 1967) is an Americann author born in New Orleans who writes gothic and horror novels and short stories. Her trademarks include using gay men as main characters, graphic sexual descriptions in the works, and an often wry treatment of gruesome events. Some of her better known novels are Lost Souls, Drawing Blood, and Exquisite Corpse; she has also released short fiction collections: Swamp Foetus and Self-Made Man.
In the late 1990s and early 2000s she has indicated a desire to move away from horror fiction.
Born a biological female, Brite has written and talked much about her gender dysphori/gender identity issues. She claims to identify as male more than female but makes no attempt to dress or appear male and also does not expect to be referred to as "he." A LiveJournal explains her take on the whole thing.