White, disabled, and genderqueer, Eli Clare has a B.A. in Women's Studies, a M.F.A. in Creative Writing, and most importantly a penchant for rabble-rousing. Among other pursuits, he has walked across the United States for peace, coordinated a rape prevention program, and helped organize the first-ever Queerness and Disability Conference. He has spoken all over the United States at conferences, community events, and colleges about disability, queer and trans identities, and social justice. Eli is the author of a book of essays Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation (South End Press, 1999) and a collection of poetry The Marrow's Telling: Words in Motion (Homofactus Press, 2007) and has been published in many periodicals and anthologies.
Exile and Pride:
"In these interconnected essays, Eli Clare vibrantly describes the Ã¢â‚¬Å“rednecksÃ¢â‚¬Â and clearcuts he grew up among, the freak shows of the nineteenth century and transgender activists of today. Intelligence and wit illuminate his analysis of disability, child abuse, nature, pornography, sexuality, and class."
I read it for my class at school and I was lucky enough to have Eli Clare come into my class, and then a group of us went out for coffee. This was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life to be able to read his book, have him in my classroom, and then talk with him afterward. He has so much insight about the world.
When I was talking to him today I was absolutely shocked when he told me that in the last year (to this day as it is Trans Day of Remembrance , for all the trans people who have died because of who they are due to discrimination and blind hate) so in the last year SEVENTEEN people were killed in the United States of America alone who were trans at the hands of hatred.