part of portrait of Eli by Riva Lehrer

About Eli

White, disabled, and genderqueer, Eli Clare lives near Lake Champlain in occupied Abenaki territory (also known as Vermont) where he writes and proudly claims a penchant for rabble-rousing. He has written two books of essays, the award-winning Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure and Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation, and a collection of poetry, The Marrow's Telling: Words in Motion. Additionally he has been published in dozens of journals and anthologies.

Eli works as a traveling poet, storyteller, and social justice educator. Since 2008, he has spoken, read, taught, facilitated, and consulted (both in-person and remotely) at well over a hundred conferences, community events, and colleges across the United States and Canada. In 2020-21, he was a Center for Diversity Innovation Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University at Buffalo. He currently serves on the Community Advisory Board for the Disability Project at the Transgender Law Center and is also a Disability Futures Fellow (funded by the Ford Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation). Among other pursuits, he has walked across the United States for peace, coordinated a rape prevention program, and helped organize the first ever Queerness and Disability Conference.

When he's not writing or on the road, you can find him reading, camping, riding his recumbent trike, and otherwise having fun adventures.

For a complete listing of his publications and where he has worked, see his CV as a downloadable PDF.

Eli sitting on a driftwood log smiling in the sun
Photo description: Eli sits on driftwood log, smiling in the sun.