Transgender Narrative

Every once in a great while, someone sends me some writing they want me to read. Most of the time I can’t feel the person behind the voice, or, in writer’s parlance, I can’t hear the author’s voice.

But this piece was different, & so I gave the author what feedback I could, & he contacted me again recently because the essay was selected as a finalist in Narrative Magazine’s first-person writing contest and recently published by Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction, a literary journal specializing in creative nonfiction published by Michigan State University. You can read it online here (.pdf).

My congratulations to David Torrey Peters: keep writing.

Helen Boyd

is the author of My Husband Betty and She's Not the Man I Married.


  1. That is an awsomely fine piece of writing. I’d like to think that every so often I can string two sentences together. Peter’s keeps it up for 12 pages on a topic that has been so abused with reptition and theft of narrative.


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