Biography

Founded in Jan. of 1978, Biography is a quarterly journal published by the University of Hawaii Press. Its subject matter is literature. Stanley Schab is the Managing Editor, George Simson is the Founding Editor, Marie-Jose Fassiotto is the Reviewed Elsewhere Editor and Miriam Fuchs and Craig Howes are the Co-Editors.

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 3, Summer

Becoming Joaquin and Mind If I Call You Sir?: Exploring Latino Masculinities
Autobiographical transgender narratives have exploded in the last decades, offering insider perspectives on transgender realities that reject pathologizing medicalized narratives of transsexuality. (1) In its widest reading, transgender describes those...
Being and Belonging: Joey Terrill's Performance of Politics
In 1977, Martha Abeytia, a student at California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA), invited her gay friend Joey Terrill to speak to her Chicano Studies class about homosexuality and the Chicano family. Terrill and a lesbian co-panelist spoke...
Fela!: Fela Kuti, Bill T. Jones, and the Marketing of Black Masculine Excess on Broadway
Spike Lee praises it for its "African Booty Shakin." Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson calls it a story for children as well as adults to hear. Co-producer Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, a consummate storyteller himself, praises its ability to capture succinctly a...
Holding
As a queer Xicana feminist scholar, writer, and person living in the world, I live in proximity to trauma. My people--all the people I come from: white and black, indigenous and mestizo--have been traumatized by imperial conquest. My Mexican Rancho...
Introductory Notes: Performing Queer Lives
LIFE WRITING QUEERLY Right now, with President Obama's repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," efforts to counter the Defense of Marriage Act, more states adopting gay marriage and civil union policies, the opening of same sex adoption laws, and normalization...
Queer Epistemologies: Theorizing the Self from a Writerly Place Called Home
Writing is the means by which I have always theorized my life. As a queer teen trying to come to terms with my sexuality, overweight body, and working class social status, keeping a journal and writing poetry were my life buoys in what was otherwise...