Born in San Francisco, United States, Chrystos is a Lesbian- and Two-Spirit-identified writer who focuses on themes revolving around the violence that adjoins everyday life in many urban areas. She also tries to incorporate an awareness of universal currents in her works, introducing a diverse mixture of characters and ideas. Her first published work, Not Vanishing, concentrates on a Native American woman and the environment she returns to after work, a life shielded from mainstream cultural understanding.
This Bridge Called My Back (anthology) Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, 1981, contributor
Not Vanishing, Vancouver: Press Gang Publishers, 1988, ISBN 0-8897-4015-1
Dream On, Vancouver: Press Gang Publishers, 1991
In Her I Am, Vancouver: Press Gang Publishers, 1993
Fugitive Colors, Cleveland: Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 1995, ISBN 1-8808-3411-1
Fire Power, Vancouver: Press Gang Publishers, 1995, ISBN 0-889-7404-7X
Some Poems By People I Like (anthology of 5 poets) Toronto: sandraslittlebookshop, 2007, ISBN 978-0-9739540-1-2
Chrystos, 1994, by Robert Giard (http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/dl_crosscollex/brbldl_getrec.asp?fld=img&id=1123925)
American photographer Robert Giard is renowned for his portraits of American poets and writers; his particular focus was on gay and lesbian writers. Some of his photographs of the American gay and lesbian literary community appear in his groundbreaking book Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Writers, published by MIT Press in 1997. Giard’s stated mission was to define the literary history and cultural identity of gays and lesbians for the mainstream of American society, which perceived them as disparate, marginal individuals possessing neither. In all, he photographed more than 600 writers. (http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/digitallibrary/giard.html)
In Her I Am by Chrystos
Paperback: 88 pages
Publisher: Pr Gang Pub; Third Printing edition (November 1993)
Amazon: In Her I Am
More Particular Voices at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Ramblings/Particular Voices
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