M Shelly Conner uses her experiences as a dapperqueer black woman to produce multi-genre works that examine intersections of race, gender, and sexuality. Her collection of writing spans multiple media including print, screen and web platforms and vacillates between the sardonic humor of Quare Life and the informative exposition of essays like "Discovering My Femininity in Menswear." As a whole, Shelly's writing makes queer interventions in a tradition of storytelling about black life and families from Jim Crow South to south side Chicago; from Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun to Lena Waithe's The Chi.

 

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