In what is some great news, the Transgender Writers and Writers with Intersex Variations in Australia project is now being run by writer Kaya Wilson.
As I’ve mentioned previously, I developed this list to increase, in Australia’s public conversations, the presence of writers who are transgender or who have intersex variations. In September 2015, I released the first edition of the list.
The resource has resulted in some great outcomes but these days, it has fallen out of date. This is actually for positive reasons, the main one being that I’ve since come to meet and hear of many more writers who could be added to the list. Moreover, as their careers have developed, some of the writers already on the list have been accruing further credentials.
As I’m based in Toronto nowadays, I’ve decided to hand over the running of the list. I am so pleased that the Sydney-based writer Kaya Wilson is keen to continue running this important project. Kaya has written articles for publications such as Huffington Post, Overland, Daily Life (Sydney Morning Herald), Feminartsy, Archer, and Samesame. He is also working on a book-length collection of creative non-fiction. As well as his writing, Kaya does trans advocacy, is a scientist researching potential tsunami impact for Australia, and is a PhD candidate.
If you have any queries about the list (e.g., you are a writer who would like to be added to the list or you would like a copy of the list), please get in touch with Kaya via his Facebook page.
The list remains an important resource and I’m proud of the outcomes that it has led to so far. It’s definitely raised increased awareness of trans and intersex writing talent in Australia. The list has been requested by editors at book publishing houses, editors of literary journals, literary festival directors, television and radio producers, journalists who were keen to pass the list onto their editors, teachers, other transgender writers and writers with intersex variations, researchers, and more.
The list has also led to new opportunities for some of the listed writers, such as the publication of commissioned essays in literary journals, writers festival speaking engagements, and the acquisition of a young adult novel by Echo Publishing. Looking into the future, there is definitely room for this project to expand in new ways and I look forward to its evolution in Kaya’s capable hands.
In handing over this project, I’d like to acknowledge the great support that the project has had. Thanks to: Kaya for continuing this project; Rihana Ries for designing the first edition of the list on a pro bono basis and continuing to offer pro bono design services; Morgan Carpenter of Organisation Intersex International Australia (a national body by and for people with intersex variations) for assisting in the compilation of the first edition of the list; all the writers who appeared on the first edition of the list; everyone who has requested a copy of the list; and everyone who has helped to spread the news via social media about this much-needed project.