UB CDI Distinguished Visiting Scholar

Eli Clare

Eli Clare, M.F.A.

Eli Clare, M.F.A.

Writer, Activist, and Scholar

  • MFA, Poetry, Goddard College
  • BA, Women’s Studies, Mills College

Notable Awards

  • Richard L. Schlegel Award for visionary LGBTQ leadership; American University
  • Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction for Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure; The Publishing Triangle
  • Creating Change Award; National LGBTQ Task Force

White, disabled, and genderqueer, Eli Clare makes home near Lake Champlain in occupied Abenaki territory (currently known as Vermont) where he writes and proudly claims a penchant for rabble-rousing. He has written two books of creative non-fiction, Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure and Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation, and a collection of poetry, The Marrow's Telling: Words in Motion, and has been published in many periodicals and anthologies. For the last decade, Eli has spoken, taught, and facilitated all over the United States and Canada at conferences, community events, and colleges about disability, queer and trans identities, and social justice. 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.

Areas of Interest/Special Expertise

Storytelling; poetry; the essential role of art in creating just places; community building; connections between race, class, gender, sexuality, and disability; disabled and/or LGBTQ student needs; student activism.