Born in the north of England in the summer of 1984, REDFERN JON BARRETT is a polyamory rights campaigner and author of two novels: The Giddy Death of the Gays & the Strange Demise of Straights (shortlisted for the 2016 Bisexual Book Awards in New York) and Forget Yourself (Lethe Press). Armed with a doctorate in literature from Swansea University/Prifysgol Abertawe, he has contributed to magazines, journals, and anthologies including Guernica Daily, PinkNews, and Strange Horizons, on topics ranging from 18th century nonmonogamy to 23rd century science fiction. He has worked with both Guernica and PEN America as a reader, and currently divides his time between Britain and Berlin, where he lives with his two partners and plays too many board games.
The Giddy Death of the Gays & the Strange Demise of Straights was released by Lethe Press June 2015 to positive reviews from Lambda Literary, The American Library Association, and MyGayToronto, and is a finalist for the 2016 Bisexual Book Awards. Forget Yourself was re-released by Lethe Press in January 2016.
Numerous short story publications in a variety of magazines and anthologies including A cappella Zoo (and its tenth anniversary ‘best of’ edition), The Future Fire, Heiresses of Russ: The Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction 2014, Corvus, The Future Fire (including its tenth anniversary anthology), Drag Noir, Sleek, as well as Queer Stories. Worked with Guernica as a fiction reader.
Worked as a feature columnist for Scifi Methods.
Wrote the afterword for the Threesome: Him, Him, and Me anthology (Lethe Press, ed. by Matthew Bright). Other non-fiction has been featured in magazines, anthologies, and journals including Guernica Daily, PinkNews, Mouthfeel, Strange Horizons, The Future Fire, Fox Spirit, ÜBerlin, Polytical, Sleek Magazine, and Shaped by Time (National Museum of Denmark, 2012); as well as German newspapers Berliner Zeitung, Bild, and BZ. Interviews conducted have been published in Witches/Sorcières (Revolver Paris, 2012).
Polyamory activist work has been referenced in The Independent, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, Buzzfeed, as well as The Metro.
Worked with PEN America as a nonfiction reader.
Completed a masters degree in gender, followed by a doctoral thesis in the fields of literature, history, and sociology, utilising queer theory: Queer Friendship: Same-Sex Love in the Works of Thomas Gray, Anna Seward, Mary Wollstonecraft, and William Godwin (Swansea University/Prifysgol Abertawe, 2010).
Published in the peer-reviewed journal Gender Forum. Conducted academic editing work for articles and doctoral theses. Worked as a scribe for disabled students. Presented at numerous conferences, including the 2015 ‘Nonmonogamies and Contemporary Intimacies’ conference at the University of Lisbon. Was on the review committee for UC Berkeley’s 2016 ‘Conference on the Future of Monogamy and Nonmonogamy’.
Wrote user manuals for particle analysis machines for a firm based in Berlin; worked as English-German translator and head subtitlist for the Oswaldo Medina’s film Hinter der Tür/ Behind the Door.