Alison Evans

About My TinyLetter

It was supposed to be a promotional thing, to keep people updated on what I was doing, what events were happening in Melbourne, and what my friends were doing with their art. Now it’s kind of like my writing diary, I’ve been going through a bit of a writing block at the moment so I’ve been talking about that. One of my friends described it as a “soft confessional” vibe, which I love! I am trying to let people as close as possible to me and my writing process.

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Excerpt

at NYWF the last event was the late night readings, and everyone was queer, and the theme was ‘odes to joy’. It was wonderful. It is nice to be reminded that being queer is great, while surrounded by your friends, who are also queer, and who are wonderful people.

The latest zine I wrote is kind of me trying to explain that I want to write more odes to joy. it is called “WORD SCHOOL or: trans people are not their trauma”, and it’s basically me saying that I want to write less about queer trauma and more about joy. Obviously not because I think that stories about trans trauma aren’t valid or necessary, because they are, but I can’t write them anymore. Before I quit my PhD I was writing a thesis on how trans people are often defined by a lack. I don’t want to perpetuate that either.

So: odes to joy. I’m not sure what that means exactly, because in word school (uni) we were taught that stories are all about conflict, and right now I don’t know that I agree, and I’m not sure how to write stories without it. Watching Yuri On Ice really opened my eyes and showed me what a joyful queer story could be. I want to emulate that kind of story.

Nanowrimo is next month, so here’s my chance to write that!! (it’s so soon!!! yikes!!!!)

Also on Saturday (the 7th) I will be at Squishy Minnie, a children’s bookshop in Kyneton. I’m talking with Fleur Ferris and Mark Smith from 2pm, so if you’re regional or wanna go on a nice long train trip, here’s your chance!!! (They were also kind enough to review Ida, and they were so nice.)

WHY DID YOU START A TINYLETTER?

I wanted to start a newsletter and was already subscribed to my friend Thomas’s tinyletter. He writes about zines and what’s happening at Sticky Institute. I love the format, how it’s somehow much more personal than a regular newsletter.

What Is Your Experience of the Community?

Everyone is so kind and friendly! It’s a very quiet and safe place, I think.

What Advice Would You Give?

Be as honest as you can, I think people really appreciate it and can always tell when you’re being honest.

Alison is the author of the queer YA novel Ida, the co-editor of Concrete Queers, and a maker of zines. They have some short stories available for free over at alisonwritesthings.com

Twitter: @_budgie