Mary Maxfield is a writer, researcher, and organizer who strives to bridge creative arts, academic inquiry, and social change. Her work includes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and explores queer experience and community formation, as well as the intersections of illness, trauma, and identity. (Bonus points for monsters or magic). Mary’s writing has appeared online at Scarleteen and in print in Sweeter Voices Still: An LGBTQ Anthology from Middle America. Currently, Mary is a Ph.D. candidate and Dissertation Fellow in American Studies at St. Louis University, where her research examines the use of arts media—including literature—to form queer community. Find her online at marymaxfield.com.