Synopses & Reviews
Subject to Change is an anthology celebrating the work of five poets who are unapologetically trans: Joshua Jennifer Espinoza, Christopher Soto, beyza ozer, Cameron Awkward-Rich, and Kay Ulanday Barrett. Featuring poetry and interviews, this collection is a testament to the power of trans poets speaking to one another--about family, race, class, disability, religion, and the body. This anthology includes a range of trans experiences and poetics, expanding the possibilities of what it means to be both trans and a writer in the twenty-first century.
Subject to Change is revolutionary, a culture and power border-smasher & a piercing examination of brilliant, painful, and transcendent Trans consciousness and experience. It is personal document, a set of trans community-journey notations and an at-the-edge howl of love for love. Each poet goes beyond poetry, that is, beyond being the gendered & genre-ed. Each writer calls out a manifesto against death, against "being pulled apart," against frozen progressive social movements and the "homelessness" of being. What does Freedom, Bravery, Self-realization look like? Enter these five poets--their questions, their investigations, their bodies on paper, their humanity. A superb diamond, in motion. I love this book. You will too.
-- Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States, 2016-17