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 voluntarily leads of the Fresno/Clovis & Online Writers' Workshops. He works full time as the Budget Technician for the Disabled Students Programs & Services at Fresno City College, where he voluntarily leads the Safe Space Ally Program 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. He is also currently serving as the statewide Classified Staff Representative on the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office LGBTQ Advisory Board and on the California Community College's LGBT+ Annual Summit Planning Committee. 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 His poetry has received many international commendations and his unpublished books of poetry have been shortlisted for multiple awards. 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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