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Poetry Path: Julian Talamantez Brolaski

Julian Brolaski

Julian Talamantez Brolaski, from “myths of manahatta”

Julian Talamantez Brolaski (it/its/itself) is a two-spirit, transgender poet of Mescalero and Lipan Apache, Latin@, and European heritages. It is the author of gowanus atropolis (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011) and Of Mongrelitude (Wave Books 2017), a finalist for the 2018 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry. In its work, Brolaski examines two-spirit, transgender, and mixed-race identity, as well as issues of indigeneity and resistance. Experimenting with typography and formatting on the page, it is specifically interested in the interactions of race, gender, and grammar.

Julian Talamantez Brolaski, “myths of manahatta” from gowanus atropolis, on location in Battery Park City.

Photo by Daniel Terna

Julian Talamantez Brolaski, from “myths of manahatta” from gowanus atropolis. Used with the permission of Ugly Duckling Presse.

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