Bio

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Onstage as a sacrificial poet for the Rain City Grand Slam. Photo by Coco Decker Media.

“Stories enable us to imagine how it might feel, for a moment, to be the teller. They show us all the places where we overlap and help us understand the places where we don’t. They offer us insight into other times and places, and through their intimacy, they make other worlds real. They show us that other worlds are possible.”

– Hibickina & Kika, CrimeThinc Letters: Off the Map

I am a queer transgender writer and poet born, raised, and based in Seattle, Washington. My poetry and essays have appeared in Fifth Estate, Quail Bell Magazine, Shift Queer Arts & Literary Magazine, and Erasure, the companion zine to Lion’s Main Art Collective’s eponymous show. In May 2016, I created “My Body is a Space-Time Continuum,” a multimedia performance piece about gender and memory, for Lion’s Main’s Transience exhibition. I have also reported for YES! Magazine and TruthOut on climate justice, immigration, and other topics. I perform and volunteer with Rain City Poetry Slam, who I represented at the second annual Cascadia Regional Poetry Slam. I most recently competed in Rain City’s 2016 Grand Slam.  I am a recipient of the 2016-2017 Made at Hugo House Fellowship, for which I am working on a young adult novel about a genderqueer teen. I am also a participant in the 2016-2017 Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab. As a writer, performer, and educator, I aim to support and strengthen the queer and trans community and empower young people, especially LGBT youth, through creative expression.

When I’m not writing, I’m teaching my art form to teenagers and working as a public school tutor. I am a proud community college graduate and obtained my BA in Social Science, with a focus in Law, Politics, and Economy, from the University of Washington. My other artistic hobbies include drawing, painting, music and film photography.

My pronouns are they/them. And my last name is pronounced STO-vee.

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