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self/ser is a poetic-photographic, ancestral-spiritual exploration of queer and trans existence and love.
self/ser is a poetic-photographic, ancestral-spiritual exploration of queer and trans existence and love.
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self/ser: poems on queer and trans existence and love

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The Book

self/ser is a compilation of deeply personal poems and portraits exploring queer and trans existence and love. Written over a period of ten years, in English and Spanish between the United States and Ecuador, the book questions and accepts, claims and sheds, important aspects of the self on the road to becoming. The book has 92 pages and measures approximately 5.9 by 7.1 inches. It is printed in paperback format and published by Homie House Press.

El Libro

self/ser es una compilación de poemas y retratos profundamente personales que exploran el ser y el amar como persona cuir/qüeer y trans. Escrito durante un periodo de diez años, en inglés y español entre los Estados Unidos y Ecuador, este libro cuestiona y acepta, reclama y derrama, aspectos importantes de la trayectoria humana. Este libro tiene 92 páginas y mide aproximadamente 15 por 18 centímetros. Es publicado por Homie House Press.

The Reason

The most honest reason why I started this project is also perhaps the most selfish. I wanted to gift these words to my younger self, who did not know the journey ahead. Now proud of this growth, I wanted to immortalize all that came up—physically, mentally, and spiritually—during my journey to and through queerness and transness for others in similar journeys. I know in my heart these stories will resonate with you because, at the end of the day, I have never felt more human.

La Razón

La razón más honesta por la que empecé este proyecto es quizás también la más egoísta. Quería regalarle estas palabras a mi ser pasado, quien no anticipó el viaje por delante. Orgulloso/a de este crecimiento, quería inmortalizar todo lo que surgió física, mental y espiritualmente durante esta jornada hacia y a través del ser cuir/qüeer y trans para otras personas en trayectorias similares. Sé en mi corazón que estas historias resonarán contigo porque, al final del día, nunca me he sentido más humano/a.

The Tour

Thanks to the support of various organizations, I will be visiting a few cities in the United States with my book!

September 25 - Chicago, IL - The Martin 

September 26 - Grand Rapids, MI - Books & Mortar 

October 3 - Philadelphia, PA - University of Pennsylvania 

October 7 - New York, NY - Books Are Magic 

October 8 - Ann Arbor, MI - University of Michigan 

October 9 - Ferndale, MI - Affirmations 

October 17 - Lawrence, KS - Raven Book Store 

La Gira

¡Gracias al apoyo de varias organizaciones, visitaré varias ciudades en los Estados Unidos con mi libro!

25 de septiembre - Chicago, IL - The Martin 

26 de septiembre - Grand Rapids, MI - Books & Mortar 

3 de octubre - Filadelfia, PA - Universidad de Pensilvania 

7 de octubre - Nueva York, NY - Books Are Magic 

8 de octubre- Ann Arbor, MI - Universidad de Míchigan 

9 de octubre - Ferndale, MI - Affirmations 

17 de octubre - Lawrence, KS - Raven Book Store 

The Author

I am a queer and trans multidisciplinary artist from Guayaquil, Ecuador living in Chicago, Illinois. As a writer, my work explores various liminalities of the human condition through a focus on my own identities and experiences, grounded in a deeply spiritual perspective. As an actor, I have appeared on various stage productions, having trained at Acting Studio Chicago, Second City Training Center, and the University of Michigan. You can learn more about me here.

El/La Autor/a

Soy un/a artista multidisciplinario/a cuir/qüeer y trans de Guayaquil, Ecuador viviendo en Chicago, Illinois. Como escritor/a, mi trabajo explora varias liminalidades de la condición humana a través de un enfoque en mis propias identidades y experiencias, bien fundado/a en una perspectiva profundamente espiritual. Como actor/actriz, he aparecido en varias producciones de teatro, habiendo entrenado en Acting Studio Chicago, Second City Training Center y la Universidad de Míchigan. Puedes aprender más de mí aquí.

The Angels

I have many people to thank for making this book come to life, including: Théo Paul, corporal; Adriana Monsalve and Caterina Ragg, Homie House Press; my wife, Alex Jenny, my soulmate and favorite poet; my boyfriend, Luan Joy Sherman, my newest source of pure joy; my mother, Nelly Jara, and her mother, Bartola Delgado, my teachers of womanhood; my (chosen) family, my everyday supporters; my other lovers, who made parts of this book possible (and impossible); and, of course, you!

Les Ángeles

Tengo muchas personas a las que agradecerles por hacer de este proyecto una realidad, incluyendo a: Théo Paul, corporal; Adriana Monsalve y Caterina Ragg, Homie House Press; mi esposa, Alex Jenny, mi alma gemela y poeta favorita; mi novio, Luan Joy Sherman, mi nueva fuente de pura alegría; mi madre, Nelly Jara, y su madre, Bartola Delgado, mis profesoras del ser mujer; mi familia (elegida), mis seguidores cotidianes; mis otres amantes, quienes hicieron partes de este libro posible (e imposible); y, por supuesto, ¡tú!

Risks and challenges

The only challenge I foresee at the moment is handling the delivery of these books promptly. Should anything change, of course, you will be the first to know! / El único desafío que preveo en este momento es el manejar la entrega de estos libros a tiempo. Si algo cambia, te avisaré inmediatamente, por supuesto.

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