Interview of J. Soto

J. Soto recounts his evolving understanding of gender and identity along his eastward migration across the United States. Born and raised in the Bay Area, J. attended graduate school in Chicago, IL before moving to Brooklyn where he currently works as an artist who produces both written and performed works. J. describes the nuanced relationship he shares with his family, informed by their experience as working class, Catholic, Mormon and of Mexican descent. He also discusses the production of art work, the nature of community and family, and the role of language in understanding and describing identity.

Date of Interview:

October 20, 2016

Location of Interview:

Brooklyn, New York (Crown Heights)

Place of birth:

Provo, Utah



Interviewed by

M. Henry Milks

Summary by

Micah Katz