REDFERN JON BARRETT is a writer and polyamory rights campaigner armed with a doctorate in literature. Author of novels The Giddy Death of the Gays & the Strange Demise of Straights and Forget Yourself (Lethe Press, 2016), his writing has featured in PinkNews, A cappella Zoo (and its tenth anniversary ‘best of’ edition), Strange Horizons, Heiresses of Russ: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction 2014, as well as Shaped by Time (National Museum of Denmark, 2012). He currently works with Guernica magazine and PEN America as a reader, dividing his time between Britain and Berlin, where he lives with his two partners and plays too many board games.
Numerous short story publications in a variety of magazines and anthologies including A cappella Zoo; The Future Fire; and Heiresses of Russ: The Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction 2014. Other short works of fiction have been presented publicly at several venues, including the Maison Populaire Paris and the National Museum of Denmark. The Giddy Death of the Gays & the Strange Demise of Straights was released by Lethe Press June 2015, with Forget Yourself re-released in January 2016. Works with Guernica as a fiction reader.
Worked as a feature columnist for the magazine Scifi Methods. Non-fiction published in magazines, anthologies, and journals including PinkNews, Mouthfeel, Strange Horizons, Threesome, and Sleek; as well as the 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. 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 recent ‘Nonmonogamies and Contemporary Intimacies’ conference at the University of Lisbon. On the review committee for UC Berkeley’s ‘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.