Vivek Shraya is an artist whose body of work crosses the boundaries of music, poetry, fiction, visual art, and film. A Publishing Triangle Award winner, her books include even this page is white, The Boy & the Bindi, and She of the Mountains. Shraya is one half of the music duo Too Attached, and her 2017 album Part-Time Woman was longlisted for the Polaris Music Prize. She is the founder of the publishing imprint VS. Books, a director on the board of the Tegan and Sara Foundation, and an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Calgary. Website: vivekshraya.com. Twitter: @vivekshraya. Instagram: @vivekshraya.
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Reviews of I’m Afraid of Men:
- “A book to carry with you” – In Kirkus Reviews
- “I formally came to poetry when I wanted to make art about racism and white supremacy. Unlike other mediums, I loved that poetry didn’t demand answers from me. Instead, it allowed me to ask questions” – In Room Magazine
- “For me, working in different mediums does allow me to express different ideas in ways that are best suited to whichever medium” – In Shameless Magazine
- “I’m afraid of men because it was men who taught me to hate and eventually destroy my femininity. I’m afraid of men because it was men who taught me to fear the extraordinary parts of myself” – In Vanity Fair
I’m Afraid of Men
Throughout her life, Vivek Shraya has endured acts of cruelty and aggression for being too feminine as a boy and not feminine enough as a girl. In order to survive, she had to learn to convincingly perform masculinity. I’m Afraid of Men is an important record of the cumulative damage caused by misogyny, homophobia, and transphobia and a blueprint for how we might cherish all that makes us different and conquer all that makes us afraid.