from “[Black Feeling]”

Somewhere, there’s a room where things go
to lose their names. A rose becomes [   ]. A
daughter becomes [   ]. Her son [   ].

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Cameron Awkward-Rich is the author of two  collections  of poetry: Sympathetic Little Monster (Ricochet Editions, 2016) and Dispatch  (Persea Books, 2019). His creative work has been supported by fellowships from Cave Canem, The Watering Hole, and the Lannan Foundation.

Also a scholar of trans theory and expressive culture in the U.S., Cameron earned his PhD from Stanford University's program in Modern Thought & Literature. His book The Terrible We: Thinking with Trans Maladjustment is forthcoming from Duke University Press in Fall 2022. He is an assistant professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.