Miriam Suzanne

Writing: Fiction & Otherwise


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Twined Fragments

An ongoing collaboration of memory-fragments from two trans-feminine authors.


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Rejecting Maleness: An Apology to the Revolution

on Journal of Mennonite Writing

Interviewing a trans man, the reporter writes: But surely the revolution is in re-defining what feminine or female attractiveness means rather than rejecting femaleness?

Is your gender part of the revolution?

Chosen Family (Thank You)

in transition

Yesterday, I shared an article about my impending surgery, and a request for help — both social and financial — as I go through this. I was embarrassed to ask, and not sure what to expect, but your response has been swift and overwhelming. I can’t thank you enough, but I’ll keep trying.

Mia’s Medical Upgrade

in transition

Denver Health has started offering vaginoplasty in addition to their other trans medical services. While I’ve been on the waitlist for various surgeons around the country, Denver Health called me this week to give me a date: September 10, less than two months away.

Essential Knowledge: The Book

on t-h-e-b-o-o-k.com

The book is a compromise we’ve grown used to, for the sake of efficiency. The book is a clever marketing ploy to make you care. Do you care? The book is kompromat, to be used against us when the time comes.

—Miriam Suzanne

Sex, Love, & Romance

in twined fragments on PS I Love You

I don’t have many guy friends, but my guitarist is one. Parting, I lean in for the cheek-kiss but he plants a good one right on my lips.

—Allison Washington

(Mis)Gender

in transition

Reflections on the instinctive act of gendering, how it can go terribly wrong, and what happens next.

Shifting Nouns

in twined fragments on Medium

I’ve seen myself in the mirror. I find me… disorienting. What do they see that I don’t? Why aren’t they laughing at me?

—Miriam Suzanne

Mothers, Fathers, Husbands, Wives

in twined fragments on Medium

Mother finds me at her wardrobe, in her pumps and pearls. What are you doing? Being a mommy. Are you, then? She clips on the earrings (they pinch!), reaches for her lipstick.

—Allison Washington

Body & Gender Fragments

in transition

I wasn’t born in the wrong body. I was born, a body. Without my body, I don’t exist.

Denver Quarterly: Adaptation

in riding sidesaddle*

This month’s Denver Quarterly features side-by-side excerpts from my novel, Riding SideSaddle*, and the Buntport play 10 Myths on the Proper Application of Beauty Products which was based on it.

Justice [Under Construction]

I’m still reeling from this year of insults, a traumatizing campaign turned traumatic election. I’m not sad about a contest lost, but what those results mean for real people around me. 2016 is over, but 2017 is going to be even harder.

Some Clarifications on Trans Language

in transition

There’s a lot of language that gets thrown around, but much of it comes loaded with over-simplified baggage and misconceptions. Here are a few that have been on my mind – from gender identity to biological sex, transition, passing, and visibility.

2016 True West Award

in riding sidesaddle*

An award I’m happy to share with my amazing collaborators in Buntport Theater & Teacup Gorilla.

Some Kind of Resistance Tour, 2017

in riding sidesaddle*

It’s been a month since our country pseudo-elected a bigoted blow-hard for president. I’m heading to DC to protest his inauguration in January, visit friends, and go on a mixed-media resistance tour…

Miriam: A How-To Guide

in transition

There are some questions that come up again and again if you are trans. A few of those questions are terrible, but most of them are well-intentioned. I’m lucky to have a supportive community around me, so I thought I’d write down my most common answers to help ease your stress about getting it right, and ease my stress about answering the same questions over and over.

SitePoint: Jump Start Sass

I’m excited to release Jump Start Sass, a book I co-authored with Hugo Giraudel. Digital coppies are available from SitePoint, wih print edditions sold by O’Reilly.

10 Myths at Buntport

in riding sidesaddle*

I’m excited to be part of Buntport Theater’s 40th original full-length production — based on my novel, Riding SideSaddle*, and featuring a live score by Teacup Gorilla. It’s been a wild month pulling it all together!

Huckleberry Roasters: Installation

in riding sidesaddle*

Riding SideSaddle* has gone vertical! Check it out on the walls of Huckleberry Roasters Larimer Cafe (2500 Larimer St, Denver) From October 10 through November 13.

Michigan Quarterly: Interview

in riding sidesaddle* on Michigan Quarterly Review

An interview with the insightful Ryo Yamaguchi at Michigan Quarterly Review.

Riding SideSaddle* [a novel affair]

in riding sidesaddle*

Join us for the official release of my first novel — with live music and special guests!

The Post-Obsolete Book (again)

The Obsolete Book in a Post-Obsolete World as Represented by an Obsolete Book About Dance is a reflection on the obsolescence of obsolescence, and a performable website in the spirit of Michelle Ellsworth. This summer it also became a gallery installation, when I was invited to install & perform in the Electronic Literature Organization conference gallery.

Stratified Design

Exit Strata asked me to design the cover of their next issue, PRINT! VOL 3.

…focussed on issues of translation, transmutation, and language forms across media, as well as the textual/visual/sonic/physical (etc) manifestations of these transmissions as they travel between and betwixt our minds… The biggest tension is between that of the printed page and that of the new virtual realities…

There’s only one way I know to make all that happen.

(re)Thinking on Your Feet

in fuck the muse

Fuck the Muse pt.7: Sometimes you have a great idea for a project, or one aspect of a project, and you throw everything at it, but the idea turns out to be a dud. You can’t ditch the project after putting so much into it, but neither can you force it through. The only way forward is to take a step back.

Explosive Growth

in fuck the muse

Fuck the Muse pt.6: Last week we compiled our curiosity shopping lists, preparing to push out from our seed in every direction. We have the list to guide us: now it’s time to go shopping.

Get Curious

in fuck the muse

Fuck the Muse pt.5: Now that you have a seed worth exploring, you are ready for step 2 of the creative process. The goal of this phase is explosive growth, following your curiosity out from the seed in every direction. What is the content? What materials will you need to build this artwork? What already exists, and what will you need to build? What will be your inspirations? What will be your constraints?

Starting from a Seed

in fuck the muse

You can’t start working until you know what you are working towards. That doesn’t mean knowing all the answers, it means knowing the questions that will guide you. I refer to those guiding questions as the "seed" of a project.

Creative Modes and Cycles

in fuck the muse

Cycles have become the core of my creative process. Thinking in cycles means I always know where I am and where I’m going, even when I feel overwhelmed by the size of a project. If I’m stuck, it’s time for a new mindset. If my last move was to zig, my next move is to zag.

Battlefield Notes

on The Operating System

The Operating System has asked to cross post my creative process mini-series. We started with a brief introduction to my work.

Ordinary Tools of Thought

in fuck the muse

Kirby Ferguson argues that the three basic techniques of remixing (copy, transform, combine) form the foundation of all creative process. He refers to these techniques as the "Elements of Creativity"…

Fuck The Muse

in fuck the muse

We think of creativity as sudden, sexy, inexplicable moments of inspiration — ignoring the hard work that makes those moments possible.

A Font Family for Susy

The first drafts of the "GreenMud Susy" fonts are kerned, complete, and roughly in place.

A Whirlwind of Digital Humanities

After submitting on a whim, I was invited to perform last weekend at the SLSA conference in Milwaukee. This was not a reasonable thing to do, but I did it…

Collaboration, Queer Art, and a Multi-Media Novel

on Boulder Writers’ Workshop

"Collaboration doesn’t have to be a social activity. Successful collaboration is knowing when to bring people together and when to send them home with individual assignments."

Electronic Literature and the Nonhuman

I’ll be in Milwaukee this weekend for a brief appearance at the SLSA 2012 jurried elit event – performing the Post-Obsolete Book.

Grab Your Writing by the Nasty Bits

The Boulder Writer’s Workshop has invited me to teach a class on writing, creative process, and multimedia collaboration