Whittier Strong


United States of America

I am an English educator currently residing in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Originally from Indiana, I earned my BA in creative writing from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

My writing mostly looks at issues of social justice and identity. What keeps me writing is best summed up by James Baldwin: "You write in order to change the world, knowing perfectly well that you probably can't, but also knowing that literature is indispensable to the world... The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even but a millimeter the way people look at reality, then you can change it.”



Various States of Undress

BY WHITTIER STRONG I was eight when my mom escaped my father's abuses. In the middle of the night, she fled with us four kids to the battered women's shelter on the north side of Bloomington, Indiana. That shelter would be my home for the month of January 1983.

The Deaf Poets Society
Whittier Strong

IBS There are a couple of jokes I tell about Irritable Bowel Syndrome: "Solid, liquid, or gas?" is both a third-grade science lesson and IBS. IBS is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you're going to get. I joke, but it's serious. I'm not really sure when my illness first developed.

The Good Men Project
Whittier Strong, Author at The Good Men Project

You are here: / Archives for Whittier Strong Whittier Strong is an MFA candidate in creative nonfiction at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. His writing has appeared in The Rumpus, Apogee, Matchbook Literary, Cooper Street, QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology, and elsewhere. A native of Indiana, he earned his BA in creative writing from Metropolitan State University in St.

QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology

It's a penetrating and unforgettable look into the hearts and souls of those defiant enough to explore their own vulnerabilities and demonstrate their own strengths. "Queer sexuality and disability places me so far outside the realms of the everyday that it renders people silent."

Unwinnable Monthly - June 2016 - #80

Cover by Graham Kaye - 116 Pages The Kid Adventure issue, featuring stories by Whittier Strong, Jason McMaster, Megan Condis, David Shimomura, Leo ...

The Rumpus.net
An Epic in Three Words

That is what I should have told Judge Chu. But I was taken aback-in all my research, I hadn't encountered any mention that she would ask why I wanted to change my name. But really, what could I say?

Apogee Journal
CREATIVE NONFICTION: Philistines, by Whittier Strong

Whittier Strong T-shirts bearing offensive slogans are strictly forbidden. Shorts, hats, and jeans with holes in the knees may not be worn to class or chapel. For women, the hem of the skirt must fall below the knee at all times. The list of prohibitions went on and on.


In my writing, I try to walk a line between memoir and social commentary, and I consider this flash essay to be one of my best attempts at this tightrope walk. The story originally had a much different ending, in which I went on a rant, condemning a society that could produce a woman who had such awful views of members of her own species-my "J'accuse moment".

Cooper Street
Cooper Street | Old English

Nearly all the buildings are gone now. Aunt Patsy and Uncle Larry's house, which saw the floodwaters rise to the second story: bulldozed. The town fathers didn't relocate Aunt Lula Belle and Uncle Doyle's house, despite its historical importance of having once served as the public library.


AMONG THE LEAVES: Queer Male Poets on the Midwestern Experience

"The heartland is a perpetual state of mind, a place more pervasive than the literality of a land before them ..." InAmong the Leaves, 18 queer male poets share stories what it means to live in the Midwest. We learn what it's like for them to play football and come up short.

Issue 22

Go Back to Table of Contents Barnett, Brian Beaston, Judy Beech, Aja Bickley, Sara Brager, Heather Bubb, Kate Burkholder, William Cancro, Theresa Christina, Martha Davies, William Drury, Ivo Edwards, David Farley, Joseph Flanagan, Daniel N. Gleason, Jess Hammick, Marilyn Hauck, Pam Higgins, Ed Istvan, Michael Iuppa, M.j.