The Plural, The Blurring


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The Plural, The Blurring is a collection of poems and essays that critically celebrate Chicago’s queer and trans communities. This book is one of the first to focus on Chicago from a trans perspective and document the city's modern-day queer culture. It looks intimately at the lives of artists, writers, and activists who frequent queer and trans spaces—the closing bars, our rallies, marches, protests, and honors those who’ve passed away. The Plural, The Blurring dramatically shifts away from normative trans narratives and the call for assimilation from the mainstream LGBT movement. Instead, it unapologetically carves out a pathway in the field of transgender literature that is personal and political, combining the traditions of both queer and Chicago writing. Published 2015 ISBN: 0996970703
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5" x 75 pages
Materials: Softcover book


H. Melt is a poet, artist and educator whose work celebrates trans people, history, and culture. In addition to their literary works they have exhibited artwork at the Leather Archives & Museum, the Overlook, and Woman Made Gallery. They were a fellow with the Poetry Foundation's Emerging Poets Incubator and artist in residence at the Newberry Library, researching the Chicago Protest Collection. Lambda Literary awarded them the Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers.