Brevity Issue Focused on Experiences of Gender

February 18, 2015 § 3 Comments

goBrevity is excited to announce that it’s 49th issue will focus on experiences of gender. We are looking for work that considers gender: what it is, what it means, how our understanding of it is changing. We want essays that explore how gender is learned during childhood, lived over the entire course of a life, and how our changing understanding of gender shapes the way we experience ourselves and others.

This special issue will feature new work by Kate Bornstein, the original gender outlaw. Ms. Bornstein’s books include Gender Outlaw, My (New) Gender Workbook, and Queer and Present Danger. In her long career as an author and activist, she has been at the forefront of the revolutionary changes to our understanding of what gender is, what it isn’t, and why it matters.

This issue will be guest edited by Silas Hansen and Sarah Einstein. Silas is an assistant professor at Ball State University and has published personal essays that explore his experiences as a transgender man in Slate, Colorado Review, The Normal School, and elsewhere. Sarah is the past Managing Editor of Brevity, author of the upcoming book Mot: A Memoir (University of Georgia Press, 2015), and a queer writer whose work explores the murky spaces between formal identity and lived experience.

We are looking for flash essays (which we define as 750 words or fewer) that explore the lived experience of gender, show the reader a new way to look at the familiar, or give voice to under-represented experiences. Submissions will be open from Feb. 20th-April 20th and the issue will be published in mid-May.

Stay tuned to this channel —  the Brevity blog or the Brevity Facebook Page — for notification when the Submittable queue is open for special issue submissions.

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§ 3 Responses to Brevity Issue Focused on Experiences of Gender

  • charrisma says:

    I am post-op M/F transsexual of 25 years! also an Agony aunt to LGBT community. It surprises me on many posts groupsetc, they never mention Kline Felters Syndrome where you are born male but have extra female X chromosomes? Usually you are taller than siblings, long limbs, fingers, toe’s too, and can be born with small penis, infertile, low sperm etc, or live sperm. i came across this in a book many years ago! but why aren’t we informed of this condition? and there can be a problem with calcium and osteoporosis, it is carried through the female line and passed on to babies born male!

  • charrisma says:

    you can also have breast tissue enlarged, you can be intersexed, It’s genetic and can case a lot of problems especially around puberty! Most of these symptoms applied to me.Please excusemy writing, i feel so strongly people should be more aware of this condition that can also lead to Down Syndrome!

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