All-Season Stephanie

All-Season Stephanie

My new chapbook All-Season Stephanie is now out and ready for you to order from the good folks at Rain Taxi, who published it! As the title implies, they are poems that show you (or show me) what my life could have been like if I had grown up as, and been seen as, a girl. Eowyn Evans did the art (Rain Taxi’s Kelly Everding deserves many thanks for the design). You can read a representative poem from the chapbook, “Esprit Stephanie,” at The...

Trans and Genderqueer SF & Fantasy: Some Slides from Philly

The novelist Rachel Gold and I gave a delightful (and well-attended!) talk at Philly Trans Health this weekend about trans, genderqueer and gender-variant characters and societies in science fiction and fantasy. Here (as promised) are all the slides (as a PDF) and most of the reading list, from the Violet Fairy Book to Rachel Pollack and Carla Speed McNeil. Let us know what we should add if we give it again! If you’re having trouble downloading it from this site, try Rachel’s. (Also, Philly Trans Health is great. It’s only intermittently about literature and culture; it is entirely about how to help trans and genderqueer and gender-variant people lead and repair and improve our lives. If that’s an interest of yours– whether or not you identify as trans* yourself– consider attending in 2015; and if you are reading this page because you were at the conference, don’t forget to check out the trans and genderqueer poets in Troubling the...
Philly Trans Health Conference

Philly Trans Health Conference

Next weekend (June 13-14) I’ll be in Philadelphia for the annual Trans Health Conference, where I’ll be proud to do two different things on Saturday. I will be reading my own poetry (poems about gender; some brand-new ones, too) along with the novelist Rachel Gold, who will be reading from her cool trans-themed YA novels (either the one that’s out now or the one coming soon. Later that same day we will be talking about trans* and gender-variant characters– and whole invented societies– in science fiction and fantasy. (If you have suggestions about sf, it’s not too late to send them in; special gift coming your way if you can find the author recently known as Raphael Carter.) See a few of you...
Interview with Monica Youn at Boston Review

Interview with Monica Youn at Boston Review

I’ve been a fan of Monica Youn and of Monica Youn’s poetry since 1994; it’s a pleasure like none other to say that she asked some great questions, and I tried to answer them, in a recent online segment for Boston Review. The piece comes with “Three Stephanies,” that is, three new...
“Both the person I am and the people whom I would like to be”

“Both the person I am and the people whom I would like to be”

I think I have finally figured out the most important things I want to say about the intersection of the big topics “being trans” (or “being a girl inside”) and “writing poetry”: they’re here, in a long review for the Los Angeles Review of Books (thanks, LARB!) of the important anthology troubling the line. It appeared in late 2013. Let me know what you think. I’ve been delighted so far by the feedback on this one...