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Trish Salah is a poet and a professor of gender studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She works in the area of transnational studies in gender, sexuality, race, and minority cultural production. Salah is the author of Lyric Sexology, Vol. 1 and Wanting in Arabic, for which she won a Lambda Literary Award.

Salah will be the writer-in-residence at Berton House from April to June 2019, where she will be working on a second volume of Lyric Sexology. Tentatively titled Into the Sotadic Zone, the piece will be a book-length poem employing the lyric as lens to read the intersection of transgender and eugenic fantasies encoded in feminist, autobiographical, anthropological, sexological, and psychoanalytic archives and their ramifications for sexual minority subjects.

Award History

Jury Citation

“Trish Salah’s poetry is ambulant, ecstatic, and deeply pleasurable. It shakes everything awake. At once asking you to slow down for meaning and speed up for desire, Salah propels the reader through cataclysmic line breaks, emotional changes of form, across temporality and subjectivity, all with a glinting “I” cast back on itself. Her poems produce mysteries even as they reveal themselves to you, to find there is no end to the longing. An emerging trans poetic is on dazzling display here, and it is in very capable hands for the foreseeable future.” -- 2018 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers Jury (Ali Blythe, Greg Kearney, and Shannon Webb-Campbell)

Program History

Writer in Residence

Berton House Writers’ Residency

Works recognized by WT

Lyric Sexology Vol. 1

Wanting in Arabic