Interview of El Roy Red

El Roy Red is a poet who has lived in New York City for three years. Red begins the interview by discussing her self-expression through a unique sense of style and how she found her voice as a writer. They recount their global upbringing, including their earliest moments of trans awareness and their experiences living in Europe and small towns in the United States as a trans person of color. She also discusses the importance of healing, how she has learned to find the micro joys in life, and finding community in New York City. Red shares their creativity, their attention to nuance and human complexity, and their visions for brown, black, trans, and queer liberation.

Date of Interview:

March 30, 2017

Location of Interview:

Brooklyn Central Library

Place of birth:

Alexandria, Louisiana



Interviewed by

Zoƫ Holmes

Summary by

Izzy Levy