I am a writer, performer, activist and professor living in Brooklyn, NY and New Haven, CT. I am currently the 2015-16 Bicentennial Lecturer in Canadian Studies in the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Digital Humanities Fellow at Yale University. I am also the FemTechNet Chair of Experimental Pedagogies in the School of Media Studies at The New School and a co-facilitator of FemTechNet (Feminist Technology Network).
My academic work focuses on the cultural and intellectual economies and social lives of trans- feminist and queer grass-roots performance (in the broadest understanding of performance). This work includes a book on translocal cultural economies of queer and trans- feminist cabaret in Montreal, Mexico City and New York City, entitled Sliding Scale. I am also developing a collaborative research-creation project with Jasmine Rault and Dayna McLeod, called the Cabaret Commons: a user-generated digital archive and gossip rag for grass-roots queer and feminist artists, audiences and researchers. We are preempting the creation of this archive through a project/process we’re calling “Feeling Speculative in Digital Space.” My first book, entitled Poetry’s Bastard: The Illegitimate Genealogies, Cultures and Politics of Text-Based Performance, is under contract with Wilfrid Laurier University Press.
I also write and teach on contemporary digital cultures, labour, affect, politics and pedagogies and work with the Feminist Technology Network on the Distributed Open Collaborative Course — the DOCC — on cyberfeminist approaches to online education and activist pedagogical publics. I am co-authoring a book entitled Checking In: Feminist and Queer Labor in Networked Economies with Jasmine Rault.
As an artist I got my start in the booming (largely feminist) spoken word scene of Vancouver in the late 1990s and since then have been making work that draws from cabaret, costume-based and alter-ego performance, agit-prop theatre, stand-up comedy, video and sound art, installation and intervention. These performances reflect an ongoing quasi-pseudo-autobiographical meditation on feminine composites, class mobility, sexuality and style.
Overall, I am deeply committed to the knowledges and aesthetics of transformational media, performance, subjects and scenes, and my art-research-activism-teaching moves through the politics, spaces and places of genre, memory, agitation, consolation, desire and diverse identifications.