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.

BREAKING NEWS (July 2015): Eli's book Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation is back in print! The third edition with a brand new foreword by Aurora Levins Morales has just been released from Duke University Press.

WRITING NEWS: Eli has a publisher for the book he is currently finishing! Duke University Press will publish it in mid-2016. Called Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure, this book combines memoir, storytelling, history, and political thinking 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. If you'd like to get a taste of the book, you can read excerpts in Eli's talks Defective, Deficient, and Burdensome: Thinking about Bad Bodies and Notes on Cure, Disability, and Natural Worlds.


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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