I’m J. S. Kuiken. I’m a writer, and this is my site.

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The Writer

Since completing my MA in Creative Writing, I have become an English instructor and worked slowly, quietly, and determinedly on my writing.

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The Writing

Your hazel eyes were the same color as summer forests. The color of the living world behind us. Your smile slow, nearly lazy, bloomed in that barren landscape. That’s when I began to understand.

– From “Nothing Beyond This”

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I am in the House of Mercy

I’ve been writing shorter fiction this summer, while I’m on a break from my main manuscript. This excerpt is from one of those pieces of shorter fiction, titled Queer as Love. The story follows a married couple as one of them transitions from female to male. This part comes after the narrator, who is the cisgender spouse, […]

Short Story Publication: The Blind Tattooist

Today my short story, “The Blind Tattooist”, came out in issue three of |tap|. This story is important to me for a few reasons. It is that it is the first publication I’ve had in the two years since I began submitting short stories professionally, since I decided I would only submit to paying markets. […]