Co-Directorship: PAGE 2018-19

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.

Exhibit: Future Love: Desire and Kinship in Hypernature

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.

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Award: Gender Justice League 2017 Survival Guide Award

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.

Frances in a suit with her date, Erin Burrows
Photo by Jeremiah Allen


Selected: The Bitch 50

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!