About

Born in England’s North, REDFERN JON BARRETT grew up in a semi-nomadic life of market towns, seaside resorts and post-industrial cities, before completing a Ph.D. in literature from the University of Wales/Prifysgol Cymru. Redfern’s first novel Forget Yourself was published whilst living in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin, as was The Giddy Death of the Gays & the Strange Demise of Straights (subsequently a finalist for the Bi Book Awards in New York). They have been published in newspapers, magazines, and anthologies including Guernica, Heiresses of Russ: The Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction 2014, PinkNews, Van Winkle’s, Strange HorizonsSleek, Mouthfeel, and Witches/Sorcières, as well as being exhibited at the National Museum of Denmark. Redfern has also worked as a reader for Guernica and PEN America, and as a judge for the Bi Writers Association. A firm believer in free love, Redfern’s polyamory rights campaigning has drawn attention throughout the British press.

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Email: redfernbarrett (at) gmail (dot) com

 

WRITING PROFILE

Fiction

  • Published two novels: The Giddy Death of the Gays & the Strange Demise of Straights (Lethe Press, 2015) and Forget Yourself (Lethe Press, 2016) to positive reviews
  • Was a finalist for the 2016 Bisexual Book Awards in New York City
  • Published short fiction in anthologies including Heiresses of Russ: The Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction 2014; The Best of a Capella Zoo; The Future Fire X: Ten Year Anniversary Edition; Drag Noir
  • Published short fiction in magazines including Corvus; The Future Fire; Sleek
  • Worked with Guernica as a fiction reader and as a judge for the Bi Writer’s association (2017)

Non-Fiction

  • Published nonfiction in anthologies, including Shaped By Time (National Museum of Denmark, 2012), Witches/Sorcières (Revolver Paris, 2012); wrote the afterword forThreesome (Lethe Press, 2016)
  • Published nonfiction in magazines and journals, including Van Winkle’s; Guernica Daily; Mouthfeel; Strange Horizons; The Future Fire; Polytical; Sleek Magazine; Gender Forum
  • Worked with the artists Olivia Plender and Unnar Örn on projects performed in the National Museum of Denmark and Malmö, Sweden
  • Worked as a feature columnist for Scifi Methods (2012-2013)
  • Nonfiction featured in newspapers Berliner Zeitung; Bild; BZ; PinkNews
  • Polyamory activist work has been referenced in The Independent, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, Buzzfeed, as well as The Metro
  • Was invited to speak on polyamory rights for UCL’s prestigious Debating Society
  • Worked with PEN America as a nonfiction reader for the PEN/Fusion Award

Academic

  • Completed 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
  • Wrote and taught seminars for ‘Introduction to Cultural Studies’ module at Universität Potsdam, Germany
  • Wrote and taught seminars for various level one and three modules at Swansea University/Prifysgol Abertawe, as well as lecturing for the ‘Theories and Monsters’ module (200+ students)
  • 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’

Technical

  • 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 (2012)