Venus Selenite

is creating Black, queer, and trans-centered literature and art

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Hello friends.

My name is Venus Selenite. I'm a Black queer non binary trans woman who is a writer, performance artist, social critic, and cultural worker based in Washington, DC. I would like to explain the purpose of this Patreon campaign.

There is a MAJOR lack of literature that centers, uplifts, establishes joy and purpose, and shatters the stereotyped narratives of Black queer and trans people. I have made a strong determination in self-publishing my first book of poems and a novella in 2016. However, this cannot happen without the support of you. It is my choice to self-publish in order to retain my rights and freedom with the work. The creation cannot happen unless I have sustainability. I am currently underemployed, but I'm planning to make due with what I have in order to get capital for myself: paper, pens, a MacBook Air, a bike, and indestructible faith. This... is me creating opportunity. 

My primary goals with this Patreon campaign are to fund my living expenses and to fund my work. Both are NECESSARY for the work to come alive and be accessible to everyone. I am no longer doubting. This is a grand time to be alive and I will start with the first book, a volume of poems titled trigger, which explore personal themes of liberation and identity, and most importantly, reversing the triggering that I, and other systemically oppressed people, receive and experience in 21st century America. 

Are you ready to disrupt with me?

-Venus
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