Trace Peterson

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Trace Peterson is a trans woman poet critic. Author of Since I Moved In (Chax Press, 2007), she is also founding editor and publisher of EOAGH, which has won two Lambda Literary Awards, including the first given in transgender poetry. She is coeditor of the anthology Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books, 2013) and coeditor of Arrive on Wave: Collected Poems of Gil Ott (Chax Press, 2016). Her work has appeared in Readings in Contemporary Poetry: An Anthology (Dia Art Foundation/Yale University Press, 2017), From Our Hearts to Yours: New Narrative as Contemporary Practice (ON Contemporary Practice, 2017), Best American Experimental Writing 2016 (Wesleyan University Press, 2017), and TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly. Peterson has taught the course Transgender Cultural Production at Yale University and the writing workshop Learning From Trans Poets at the Poetry Project in New York City. She currently teaches in the Naropa Summer Writing Program and at Hunter College, where, since 2015, she has taught the innovative course Trans and Nonbinary Poetry.

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This bag of crunchy Cheetos is making me thirsty. Good thing I picked up a Fanta orange soda on the way home just in case. Walking back, I couldn't help noticing how most of the neighborhood has been replaced by strange towering steel and plate glass structures. A man was lying across the sidewalk in front of one


Roses are red / violets are transsexual / welcome to womanhood / now get to work honey

Roses are performative / violets are biological / I have very sensitive breasts / and so do your breasts

Roses are biological / you have the nicest skin / I can't stop kissing you / let's read more nondualistic queer


I have not been having an easy HRT experience for a trans gal, especially when it comes to blocking testosterone so my body can develop properly in response to estrogen.


Spironolactone gave me brain fog, so to block T, I switched to Finasteride.


The blocker dose of Finasteride made me