Ari Schill (they/he/she), is a gender-expansive writer, educator and publishing fellow, floating between Portland, OR and the Bay Area. Their poetry and creative nonfiction have been published in Stellium Literary Magazine and Alchemist. He strives to amplify the voices and stories of BlacQT people and adoptees. She is committed to cultivating meaningful connections with like-minded creatives. Ari enjoys dancing, riding their bike and reading speculative fiction.
As a BlacQT person, it was incredibly challenging to find other BlacQT people who had had surgery. My project with 2727 is interviews with BlacQT people discussing their experiences with having top surgery. The interviews will then be compiled into a zine, which will live as a resource guide including types of procedures, recovery tips and tricks and interviews from BlacQTs who have gone had the procedure to help them step into themselves. These interviews cover surgery logistics, the multitude of feelings one has during, before and after their procedure and their individual recovery process. With interviewees ranging from Oakland to Brooklyn, Boston to Mexico City, this resource guide will answer questions, offer insight and create an archive of the BlacQT's interviewed. For those starting their top surgery journey and not sure where to turn for guidance, this zine will be a great resource.
Open call for BlacQT people interested in being interview for a BlacQT Top Surgery zine!
If you or someone you know are interested, please email Ari at [email protected]