Whittier Strong

Writer

I am currently an MFA candidate in nonfiction at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. I also write poetry and the occasional short story. 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; my thesis-in-progress addresses (amongst other things) housing instability, intersectionality, and the rise of social media. 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.”

Portfolio

Nonfiction

Spaghetti Roundabout | Anthropoid
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...
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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;...
I soured on Twin Cities Pride, but I'll be back for this year's festival
Back in 2004, I joined the ELCA, despite having little knowledge of Lutheranism. It seemed like the best place to go after being booted from my fundamentalist church for coming...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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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...
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...

Poetry

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...
Whittier Strong
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,...

Fiction

Jonathan Issue 08: A Journal of Queer Male Fiction
ISBN Complete: 978-1-937420-94-9 Title: Jonathan Issue 08: A Journal of Queer Male Fiction Publication Date: 5/28/2015 94 pages Issue 08 of Jonatha...

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