guttural silk make new gong is a new chapbook of poems and photographic "poem-cells" by acclaimed Trans author j/j hastain. It includes seventeen intricate textual poems and four visual pieces on the subject of sex and love, approached transcendentally and transformationally. It includes an Afterword by Jonathan Penton. The e-book is completely free!
j/j is the author of numerous cross-genre works previously published and forthcoming (a few of which are): prurient anarchic omnibus (Spuyten Duyvil), long past the presence of common (Say it with Stones), a womb-shaped wormhole (BlazeVox), treOOA (with Eileen Tabios/ Marsh Hawk Press). j/j's writing has appeared in numerous journals including Trickhouse, Vlak, Big Bridge, The Offending Adam, Dear Sir, Eccolinguistics, Housfire, EOAGH, Aufgabe, Queerocracy Art, Masculine Femininities, Caketrain, Plath Profiles, Bombay Gin. j/j is currently in the process of curating an Anthology of Queer Nudes (Knives Spoons and Forks Press, 2013) and has helped curate (and participated in) two major Trans anthologies. j/j is an Elective Affinities participant, a member of Dusie kollektiv, writes for Lit Pub and is a regular contributor to Sous Les Paves. j/j currently writes creative reviews for Big Other, Jacket2, Horse Less Press, PANK and Emprise Review. j/j's work appeared in a Queer-focused show at the Leslie-Lohman Annex in New York. j/j's books have been finalists in the Kelsey Street, Grey Book Press, Grace Notes Books, Switchback, Omnidawn, DIAGRAM and Ahsahta book and essay competitions. j/j's work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Publishers Triangle. j/j's manuscript extant shamanisms won the Pavement Saw poetry award. j/j's manuscript dear secondary umbilical, won second place in the Mad Hatter's Wild and Wyrd Poetry Contest. In 2011 j/j's book we in my Trans was nominated for the Stonewall Book Award and j/j's book prurient anarchic omnibus was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. Check out xir web site, jjhastain.com.
As a post-binary genderqueer, educator, musician and poet j/j's current interests involve projects regarding the intersection of quantum mechanics, spirituality, philosophy and poetics. j/j holds a Bachelor of Arts in Artistic Expression: Poetry, Music, Gender and Cultural Studies from Johnston College of Integrative Studies: University of Redlands (2001) and a Master of Fine Arts in Contemporary Poetics from Naropa University: Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics (2007).
j/j composes and plays music (violin, piano, guitar, voice), has performed with Vox Feminista (performance troupe in Boulder, Colorado), and loves the time spent with j/j's beloved.
j/j defines as Trans (which is different than transgender, though not at all discounting it): "I am interested in differentiated usage of the prefix Trans when it is utilized in ways that are not at all related to a previously determined model wiutha binary derived basis. Merriam Webster defines transoceanic as 'crossing or extending across the ocean' and translucent as 'transmitting and diffusing light so that objects beyond that can not be seen clearly.'"
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