Jen Cross

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writing rage and joy

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For years I have been interested in the ways that we understand ourselves through language—through the words we are exposed to (and the words taboo to us), the stories most commonly told within and without the communities that organize around our various identities: i.e., survivors of sexual abuse. Over the last twenty years, my writing has centered primarily on: what it means to live in the aftermath of trauma; how to re-inscribe the incested body with an erotics of agency and joy; and representations (or elisions) of femininity in our queer communities. I work often in experimental and hybrid/lyric forms - nonlinear and fragmented come closest (for me) to representing on the page the experience of a sexually-traumatized traumatized consciousness.

These days I am also extremely fucking angry, and, perhaps unsurprisingly, that anger is finding its way into my writing as well.

In the aftermath of childhood sexual and psychological violence, I used writing to bring myself back into the human race. Through writing practice, I reintroduced my skin to my body, my musculature to my vulnerability. 

I write to feed that life-giving spark of survival in myself, in other women, other fem/mes, in all of us. On this Patreon page, I will share weekly (at least) writing prompts intended to invite you into your as-yet unwritten stories and possibilities.

here, in this Patreon space, I want to grow some new projects with you all:

  • A serialized novel/novella (not sure yet how long it's going to be!) about what might happen if women got angry enough to stand up for their own and one another's physical safety and bodily sovereignty;
  • Short fiction that works with the structure and tropes of fairy tales to consider the uses and pleasures of women's rage and revenge;
  • Essays that tangle with (women's/survivor's) rage; violence of online communities; and sexual violence, rape culture, and misogyny in the age of “#metoo.”
I need your support and am so grateful that you are here. I look forward to connecting with you, hearing your thoughts and suggestions, and continuing to build together a more spacious, complicated, powerful, angry, and energized narrative for ourselves as “sexual trauma survivors.”


the big, official bio:


A widely-anthologized writer and performer, Jen Cross has facilitated sexuality and sexual trauma survivors writing workshops for over a decade.

In 2003, Jen founded Writing Ourselves Whole, and she has worked with hundreds of writers, through private workshops and in collaboration with colleges, social change organizations and other institutions throughout the U.S., including at Stanford University, Wesleyan University, the University of California at Davis, Dartmouth College, the University of California at San Francisco, Brown University, Goddard College, the University of Oregon at Eugene, Evergreen State University, Southern Oregon University; the Power of Words/ Transformative Language Arts Network annual conference; the Femme Conference; Survivorship and the Survivorship annual conference; San Francisco Women Against Rape; Bay Area Women Against Rape; Community United Against Violence; and at many other community organizations, bookstores, and schools.

Jen is the author of Writing Ourselves Whole: Using the Power of Your Own Creativity to Recover and Heal from Sexual Trauma (Mango, 2017), which Eve Ensler called “a raw, powerful, necessary, wise and practiced guidebook to the revolutionary practice of finding the words, language and voice to transform suffering.” She is the co-editor ofSex Still Spoken Here: An Erotic Reading Circle Anthology(CSC Press, 2014), the editor of two Writing Ourselves Whole anthologies (Fierce Hungerand Wicked Words), and the author of four chapbooks (notorious, what they didn't teach us,pink & dangerous, and unconsummated). Jen’s fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in over 50 anthologies and periodicals, including Nobody Passes, The Healing Art of Writing 2010, Under the Gum Tree, The Elephants,Sinister Wisdom, Visible: A Femmethology (Vol. 1), and Best Sex Writing 2008.

Jen holds an MA in Transformative Language Arts from Goddard College, and an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. She has been awarded residencies at Hedgebrook and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Art Center.
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