Eli Clare: Creativity, Activism, and the Intersection of Two Pandemics (Part I)



The following is the first installment of an interview with Eli Clare, poet, essayist, and activist. This installment of our interview covers his approach to writing and activism, the writers that influence him, and the ways in which racism and COVID-19 present interrelated pandemics that reveal the ways in which certain subjectivities and bodies are treated as disposable. A transcript of this podcast will be available soon.

Links related to this podcast:

Eli Clare’s Work and Influences

Eli Clare’s website

Exile and Pride

Brilliant Imperfection

The Marrow’s Telling

Cherrie Moraga’s website

The Audre Lorde Project

 “How Beth Brant Uplifted the Voices of Native American Queer Women,” Literary Hub, October 18, 2019.

“Poet and Actvist Pat Parker,” Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.


Ventilator Rationing

“In ventilator rationing, discrimination against the disabled is immoral.” Washington Post, April 6, 2020.

“People With Disabilities Say Biases Make Them Fear Pandemic Rationing”, NPR, April 15.


Ethical Concerns and Issues with COVID-19 Vaccine

“How Long Will a Vaccine Really Take?” The New York Times, April 30, 2020.

“Ethics and Evidence in the Search for a Vaccine and Treatments for COVID-19” The Hastings Center, April 15, 2020.

“Coronavirus: Some fear black people won’t get vaccine. Here’s why.” U.S.A. Today, April 19, 2020.