River Flora – Reporter
Queer Writings from NE Portland:
I think I started writing so young because it took me longer than most to acquire the skills for coherent verbal communication. Partially aspergers and partially a result of the environment I grew up in, it was easier for me to start communicating genuinely through written language.
Now, I usually write essays and poems. Most of my published work has been poetry, and it’s a great privilege now to return to reporting. I have been co-editor of two literary magazines (including PCC’s The Pointed Circle), was a reporter for my High School newspaper, and before I was even a teenager I was delivering newspapers. Sometimes with my mom’s help. Thanks Mom.
Fostering community has become the primary focus of my life, and writing has become the primary tool for the work. In all forms of my writing, that means telling the truth regardless of opposition, and doing better at being intersectional every day. It means using my privileged platforms to stand up to racism, heteronormativity, and cisnormativity.
Activism is a core part of my life. As a transgender, nonbinary, and pansexual individual, it’s become a part of my basic survival to be in solidarity with all members of the communities I’m in, partake in mutual aid within those communities, and take the direct actions necessary for our well-being.