The Rowdiest Transqueer Poet You Know

J Mase III is a black/trans/queer poet currently based in NYC. Creator of the traveling performance event Cupid Ain’t @#$%!: An Anti-Valentine’s Day Poetry Movement, J Mase has shared his special brand of poetry on stages around the U.S., the UK. & Canada. He is author of, And Then I Got Fired: One Transqueer's Refelctions on Grief, Unemployment & Inappropriate Jokes About Death. In J Mase’s other life as an educator and activist, he has worked with thousands of community members and service providers across the country on the needs of LGBTQ youth and adults in spaces such as faith communities, elementary schools, domestic violence shelters, medical agencies, juvenile justice organizations, and foster care programs, among others. He is an advocate of really fierce scars and queering scripture. He spends his offstage time blogging on the Huffington Post and teaching poetry as a tool of social justice. To find out more about J Mase III, feel free to stalk (follow) him on Twitter @jmaseiii,, or track him on his website at


1. Solo Poetry Performance

2. Cupid Ain't @#$%!: An Anti-Valentine's Day Poetry Movement

Workshops on:

1. Even My Poems Are Revolutionary

-performance and writing exercises

-tools for rooting creative work in social justice

2. The Solidarity Framework:

-providing a specific framework on how to engage in solidarity work that dismantles the concept of allyship and focuses towards a disrupting of power (includes heavy racial justice and anti-transphobia lens, etc...)

3. The Bible: The Queerest Book I Ever Read

-trans/queerness in scripture across the Abrahamic traditions

-tools for creating trans/queer safe(r) spaces within faith communities

-tools for organizing with faith communities for secular queers

-defining defensive vs liberation theologies

4. Write Me Where It Hurts: Healing from Body Trauma Through Art

-interactive storytelling/discussion group workshop on healing from various types of body trauma as trans/queer folk, and folks of varying body experiences around surgeries/scarring/weight stigma/assault/dysphoria/etc

5. How I Survived the Gay Rights Movement as a Trans Person of Color

-looking at the intersections of identity within queer community

-tools for addressing power & privilege dynamics

-for LGBTQIA folks and those seeking to be in solidarity

6. But Can I Pay My Rent Tho?!: Surviving as a TQPOC Artist

-creating financial & marketing plans for professional artists or those looking to sustain a career in the arts

-for trans & queer folks of color