Briar Essex is from Philadelphia, PA, and is an M.A. student with specializations in Women's & Gender Studies and Poetry. Their academic research and creative work uses trans and queer theory to examine relationships to power, and how it operates in both national and local scales. He is also interested in coalition analyses, alternative care, and kinship structures. They are a Teaching Artist with the Nebraska Writers Collective, and a reader for Prairie Schooner. Before UNL, Briar earned a B.A. in English and Gender, Sexuality, & Women's Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.