I wrote and published a new interview on Kai Cheng Thom’s fantastical pseudo-memoir, Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir. Read it at the International Examiner.
I have accepted a co-directorship with 2018-19 Publicly Active Graduate Education (PAGE). PAGE is Imagining America’s network for publicly engaged graduate students in humanities, arts, and design. Along with the other co-directors, I will be selecting the new cohort of public scholars, creating programming for year-long collaborations between fellows, and organizing the national conference in October 2018 in Chicago, IL in partnership with Illinois Humanities.
I was one of the folks interviewed on the latest episode of Bitch Media’s Popaganda podcast, hosted by Soleil Ho. The topic was empathy, and I talked about the limits of using empathy as a theory of social change. Listen here.
The #Stronger videos I created for Dr. micha cárdenas’ Poetic Operations Collaborative are showing in the exhibition “Future Love: Desire and Kinship in Hypernature” at the House of Electronic Culture in Basel Switzerland. The group exhibition, which opened January 18, 2018, examines the impact of new technologies and social media on our affective relationships and sexuality.
Read more here.
On December 14, 2017, I was presented the 2017 Survival Guide Award at the Gender Justice Awards. Each year, Gender Justice League, an advocacy group for transgender, genderqueer, non-binary, and gender non-conforming individuals in Washington state, awards community members who have gone above and beyond in their creativity and impact in creating change. I was chosen to receive the 2017 Survival Guide Award for my work on the 2017 King County Trans Resource & Referral Guide and my cultural commentary on activism ethics and practices.
I’m honored to be included in the first ever Bitch 50, a list which “recognizes the most impactful creators, artists, and activists in pop culture whose imaginations extend beyond normalizing and affirming the same mainstream messages.” The list includes powerhouses such as Colin Kaepernick, Chelsea Manning, Carrie Ann Lucas, Janet Mock, Jordan Peele and more. Thanks bitchmedia!
I presented alongside Ron Morrison, Jen Kagan, and Nabil Hassein at the 2017 Radical Networks Conference, a tech activist and artist gathering, in Brooklyn, NY on October 20. The topic of our plenary was “Decolonial Design, Black Geographies, and Critical Packet Sniffing”.