J. S. Kuiken is the author of numerous short stories, essays, poems, plays, and novellas. He is currently at work on a novel. He has published in an assortment of magazines, including Cactus Heart, |tap|, Bosie Magazine, and Foglifter. He earned his MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and was a 2013 Lambda Literary Fellow.
A queer trans man, he lives in Colorado, where he teaches writing, cultivates an out of control loose leaf tea collection, watches liberal amounts of television, and keeps his cat, Beatrice, in continual supply of wub-wubs.
- “Bello”: in Florence two men meet for sex, with some unanticipated surprises along the way. October 2020, Floglifter Issue 5 Volume 2.
- “And Ten More Years”: Emery, Ren, and James are celebrating their ten year anniversary, but things are not all idyllic or romantic. Project Outbreak winner. May 2020.
- “The Greek Boy”: Of Lord Byron and love at the end of his life. Bosie Magazine: Issue One, January 2018.
- “The Blind Tattooist”: “She named herself ‘Lucky’, because that’s what the men with the pipes had said.” |tap|, June 2017.
This is not easy stuff to write about and I doubt it has been done before in this setting. That is the really interesting aspect of [Kuiken’s] work: it takes . . . American [writing] into new territory. But it is not just the coalescence of setting and subject which is innovative, [he is] also being bold with language and symbolic structure.– Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland
I write to say that your short story “Bello” in Foglifter was brilliant, poignant, and downright healing. You explored a topic that touches us all, no matter our sexuality and/or gender expression and identity: body image and the desire to be desired as one is. You handled this topic with a sensitivity and sophistication that is rare, beautiful, and powerful.– Ben Bagocius, poet, author, and teacher
I cannot begin to express how much I adore J.S. Kuiken’s work. I have been a fan for some time, and there are many reasons why. The most important are the way he utilizes characterization and development. It feels organic and natural, breathing life into characters that feel like real people. When reading his work I find myself immersed in the environment, unable to stop reading.– Alexx Aplin, gamer and long time reader
- A Part of Life
- Publication: Bello
- Premiere: “And Ten More Years” (audio play)
- The Minutiae of Life
- Theater is Dead; Long Live Theater
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