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Bean

i'm passionate about creating honest + complex trans narratives through writing, performance, & film.

 

from curating my lambda literary finalist anthology for trans inclusion in the #metoo movement, to Developing a tv series inspired by my homeland, to building "the ship we built" (2020) from a text message into a novel with dial at penguin random house - i create pieces that transition and grow alongside me. & currently create in fellowship with the jerome hill artist fellowship


my work specifically with transgender survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse has received accolades from the founders of the trevor project, the new york times, RAINN, the ali forney center, ONe love, sounds of saving, male survivor, and MORE. i've been honored with membership in rainn's national leadership council to speak publicly on the many forms of justice survivors deserve. 


My storytelling career began in 2012, when I curated and self-published my first anthology full of letters that people wrote to their body parts. I have been interviewed by and written for a large number of publications, including Teen Vogue, Ms. Magazine, The New York Times, Bitch Magazine, Them, Bust Magazine, Huffington Post, Logo's New Now Next, Kirkus ReviewsAutostraddle, The Detroit News, Lambda LiteraryThe Feminist Wire, Toi Magazine and more. My writing has also been transformed into four experimental films. Full and Trans Boy Remember, both of which have played at festivals across Europe. An animated version of The Ship We Built, premiering at the Locomoción Festival de Animación in Mexico City, is now being adapted for a feature length film. My most recent, A Scavenger Hunt For People Loneliest In Their Own Homes, was commissioned by Price Hill Will and is about to enter the festival circuit. I am currently in pre-production for my first feature-length documentary - What Will I Become? Co-directed by Logan Rozos, the film weaves together the stories of three trans boys who died by suicide and the those who are surviving the suppression and isolation that comes with binary masculinity, while offering resources and imagination for a way forward.


My essays, poems, books, and short films have also been presented at a range of venues, including the famous Bluestockings and The Strand in NYC, the Detroit Institute of the Arts, MitSprache: The German Council of Victims and Survivors' Expert Committee of the Independent Commissioner for Child Sexual Abuse Issues, as well as barns, blackbox theaters, cafeterias, universities through two self-organized international tours of creative writing workshops and performances inspired by my writing and experiences. With this, I have been in partnership with countless transition homes, rehab centers, and non-profits, such as Black & Pink, RAINN, Home in Budapest, and Slutwalk Johannesburg and have received additional support from the Sundress Writing Residency and Retreat for Survival and Healing in Knoxville, the Gibney Dance Institute for Community Action Training in New York, the Jane Hoppen Residency at Paragraph New York, and the Bookshop Santa Cruz Residency at the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods.  


For acting! My work has ranged from indie short films, to roller skatin' as your music video muse, to a national ad that was also featured in Times Square. I often land roles of people and creatures who are lost, one who shows up and changes things, or one with a big secret. Most recently, I play Maddy - a non-binary teenager navigating family structure and isolation - in the Columbus feature They/Them/Us. I am also about to make my TV debut! Both projects will premiere in 2021. For more recent projects and updates, read the lil red box on this page! 


IN THE MEANTIME, HERE ARE MORE FUN FACTS:


1.) I love thinking of fake band names, particularly with two loved ones both named David.

2.) I cried the last time I watched 13 Going On 30

3.) I got toilet paper stuck to my roller skate at the fourth grade Halloween Party, and three years later I won the gold metal in my division at the USA Roller Sports National Championships in Lincoln, Nebraska. 


I'm very good at the game "Two Truths and a Lie." Lucky for you, I just gave you three truths. 


HERE'S ANOTHER TRUTH: I THINK YOU COULD BE FUN AND MEANINGFUL TO COLLABORATE WITH. PLEASE SAY HI TO ME.

EVENTS

-Stay tuned for more The Ship We Built virtual launch collaborations with Portage Lake District Library, Heartly House, Haven, 1800 RUNAWAY, George Peabody Elementary School's Rainbow Club and more. 


-March 2nd: TransParency Panelwith Univeristy of Wisconsin alongside fellow contributors to Written on the Body 


RECENT HONORS

-Honored with "Best Books of 2020" by Kirkus Reviews for The Ship We Built


-Awarded a grant from Price Hill Will to make an animated short film this summer - "A Scavenger Hunt For People Loneliest In Their Own Homes," now entering the festival circuit


-Awarded with a Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship - "supporting Minnesota or NYC-based artists, early in their careers, who generate and create bold, innovative and risk-taking new work that explores and/or challenges conventional artistic forms."


-Awarded Starred reviews for The Ship We Built from Kirkus Reviews and Booklist.


-Shortlisted for the OWL (Outstanding Words of Literature) Award by BookPal 


-Awarded Michigan Notable Book by The Library of Michigan for The Ship We Built


RECENTLY PUBLISHED, PREMIERED, & SCREENED

-An interview with The Detroit News on the Michigan Notable Book Award. 


-A sweet moment in Finneas' "What They'll Say About Us" premiered on Good Morning America


-Very personal essays forPulp Magazine and Autostraddle.


-Live interviews with Queer Kid Stuff!, Moose Jaw Pride and Saskatchewan Festival of Words, Louisville Youth Group, Charlotte Pride, Clock Inc, Triangle Community Center, Silicon Valley Prideand thoughtful interviews with The New York Times, Monstering, RAINN, Kirkus ReviewsHoneysuckle, John Marshall Mediaand Los Angeles Review of Books


-My "Trans & Loved" t-shirt design launch! Now available for purchase viaThe Phluid Project. 


PROJECT ANNOUCEMENTS

-Summer 2021!!! The release of the paperback edition of my debut novel, The Ship We Built with Dial Books for Young Readers at Penguin Random House. The audiobook is now available too! I am now remotely signing books!Andgiving some away!!


​-For writing, I'm currently immersed in the screenplay adapation of The Ship We Built and beginning my next novel. 


-My first feature length documentary, What Will I Become?, co-directed by Logan Rozos, is now in pre-production.


-I wrapped acting in the indie feature, They/Them/Us,in the supporting role of Maddy. Due to premiere in 2021!


-I recently wrapped a project, which will be my television debut :) Premiering in early 2021! 


-Preparing to pitch Flyovers, a dramatic series.


-If you would like to support me directly in any early stage thing, I am currently using Patreon