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.

WRITING NEWS: Eli's next book Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure is being published in early 2017. It combines memoir, storytelling, history, and political thinking to dive into the multiple meanings and realities of cure. If you'd like to get a taste of the book, you can read the introduction or excerpts in Eli's talks Defective, Deficient, and Burdensome: Thinking about Bad Bodies and Notes on Cure, Disability, and Natural Worlds.

EXCITING RELEASE: Eli's book Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation is now available as an audiobook from Audible.com.


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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