Arien Reed

 

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A Baha'i, queer, transgender man and also a musician, artist, and writer of fiction and poetry, Arien Reed and his husband live off the grid in a small, solar- and generator-powered cabin built by himself, his husband, and his mother-in-law within the Sierra Nevada foothills of California. He works full time as the Budget Technician for the Disabled Students Programs & Services at Fresno City College, where he voluntarily co-presents Safe Space Ally training sessions and provides various LGBTQ cultural presentations and events. He helped his colleague, Connor Calaway, found the LGBTQ Allied Staff and Faculty Association they established in January 2019. Reed is currently serving as President of this association for the 2019 and 2020 term and, through two proposals authored by himself and edited by Calaway, is working to bring All Gender restrooms and showering/changing curtains to the campus. He is also currently serving as the statewide Classified Staff Representative on the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office LGBTQ Advisory Board. Despite possessing a largely invisible, physical disability causing him to live in constant mild-to-moderate pain, when not working or volunteering, he can be found practicing mixed martial arts, lifting weights, jogging, reading in a field of flowers, hiking, dancing to dubstep, preforming ballet to death metal, and burning gluten-free desserts in the oven. His poetry has received a commendation in the international Hippocrates Poetry Prize (2020), 4th Place in the Non-Rhyming Poetry category for the 88th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition (Fall 2019), and an Honorable Mention in TulipTree Review's New Writers' Contest (Summer 2019). His creative works are published or forthcoming in many journals and galleries (click here for details). He holds a BS in Accounting (Fresno State) with a Minor in Creative Writing (Fresno State), an MFA in Creative Writing (National University), and a Certified Public Accountant license.

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