History treated people like me as curiosities, freaks, and monsters of legend. Human monstrosity is something we've been writing about in SF/F/Spec for as long as genre writing has existed, and that's forever. Writing about myself in those terms, at least in my verse, feels like both reclamation and rebellion.
This interview is part of Staff Stories, a new feature for our nonfiction week. Strange Horizons has been around since 2000, and in that time, our volunteer staff has grown and changed, but many of the people and experiences here are hidden from readers. We hope these stories help connect our staff to you, giving faces to the people whose work is usually unmarked and often nameless. Our volunteers are a diverse and fascinating group of people, and we think you'll enjoy learning about them as much as we like working with them.
This week, I'm interviewing Joyce Chng. Joyce is a Singaporean author and artist whose commitment to social justice and marginalized representation is paralleled only in the cuteness of their mouse drawings.
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