Julian K. Jarboe is a writer and artist from Massachusetts. They are the author of the collection Everyone on the Moon is Essential Personnel (2020, Lethe Press). More about their work can be found at juliankjarboe.com.


Awards and Recognition

2021 Lambda Literary Award Finalist
2019 Vinyl 45 Chapbook Contest Semifinalist
2018 Writers Room of Boston Fellow
2018 Odyssey Writing Workshop Graduate
2018 Tiptree Award Long List
2017 Tiptree Fellowship Honorable Mention
2016 Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Artist in Residence
2015 Elliot Norton Award Winner for Outstanding Design, Midsize Theater
2014 DASH Awards Nominee for Best Sound Design
2012 Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Bachelors of Fine Arts with Academic Honors
2011 Professor Virginia Allen Award for Excellence in Art History


Hey, I saw somewhere that you sometimes describe yourself as a “transsexual” instead of transgender. Can I ask why?


Isn’t “transsexual” an out-dated and insulting word?


Can I change the wording of that theology thing you wrote that keeps getting plagiarized and going viral for other people? The way you carefully and deliberately phrased it in the context of your art and personal life makes me uncomfortable, but I also kind of want to use it for my own thing.