jos charles is a trans poet, writer, and intertextual artist. 

their debut poetry collection, Safe Space, is available from Ahsahta Press (2016). they are founding-editor of THEM, the united states' debut trans literary journal.

they have poetry published (and/or publications forthcoming) with POETRY, PEN, Washington Square Review, BLOOM, Denver Quarterly, Action Yes, The Feminist Wire, The Capilano Review, and elsewhere.

their writing has been featured on BitchMedia, Entropy, LUNA LUNA, Medium, GLAAD, LAMBDA Literary, Original Plumbing, and elsewhere.

in addition to their work with THEM, they engage in direct gender justice work with organizations and performers such as Gender Justice LA, West Hollywood's One City, One Pride, DarkMatter, Soulforce, and others. 

in 2016 they received the Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship through the Poetry Foundation. in 2015 they received the Monique Wittig Writer's Scholarship. they have an MFA from the University of Arizona. they currently reside in Los Angeles.




 

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