Eli Clare

weaves hope, critical analysis, and compassionate storytelling together in his work on disability and queerness, insisting on the twine of race, class, gender, sexuality, and disability.

EXCITING NEWS: Eli has found a publisher for the book he is currently finishing! Seven Stories Press hopes to release it in mid-2016. Called Brilliant Imperfection, this book uses memoir, storytelling, history, and theory to dive into multiple meanings of cure, shaking up what is understood as intuitive and inevitable in the drive to “repair” people deemed broken and/or abnormal. Eli explores cure as ideology and individual desire, social control and well-being, across a variety of communities and identities.

NEWS: South End Press sadly has closed its doors, which means Eli's book Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation is currently out-of-print. Seven Stories Press will be reissuing the book, but we don't have a release date yet. In the meantime, Eli has 12 copies to sell. Contact him at eli (at) eliclare (dot) com if you'd like to buy one or more copies.


Whether he's keynoting the Trans Health Conference or walking across the United States for peace, helping organize the first-ever Queerness and Disability Conference or facilitating an anti-ableism training; Eli brings a poet's passion for language and an activist's passion for social justice to his work. (Read more.)

What Eli Offers

Thought-provoking, compassionate, and challenging, Eli will enliven your classroom, fire up your conference, educate your department or agency, and empower student and grassroots activists. Bring him to your community or campus to teach, speak, read, facilitate, or train. (Read more.)


Eli's much-praised books, Exile and Pride (essays) and The Marrow’s Telling (poetry), are read by academics and activists alike. They are used frequently in classes ranging from Disability Studies, Gender Studies, and Queer Studies to Composition 101.
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