About

Queer Without Gender is the online home of indie and DIY author K. A. Cook.

Ze is a polyaffectionate, aro, abrosexual, genderless, feminist-ish, really-fucking-queer autistic who experiences chronic hand pain and mental illnesses. Ze writes creative non-fiction, personal essays, short stories and novels about the above on the philosophy that if the universe is going to make life interesting, ze may as well make interesting art. Frustration about the lack of diverse representation is surprisingly motivating, at least when ze is on the right combination of meds to manage the keyboard.

(By “feminist-ish” ze means “feminist in theory while expressing distaste towards feminism as a moment’s rampant gender reductionism and gender essentialism”. It’s a messy tangle of feeling like ze has to be a feminist while knowing damn well that feminism doesn’t support hir unless ze pretends alignment to womanhood. Increasingly, ze considers hirself feminist in how ze writes non-female and male characters, not in hir centering of women and femininity.)

Ze is the author of several short fantasy stories combining ridiculous magic, cats, disability, bacon, mental illness, microscopic gnomes, aromanticism, the undead, verbose eldritch entities and as many transgender autistics as any one story can hold. Don’t ask hir to explain the bacon, because ze can’t. Cats, on the other hand, are warm and stimmy, so this hardly needs explaining.

Ze writes about anything and everything, including but not limited to autism, representation, abrosexuality and fluid orientations, aromanticism, disability, chronic pain, mental illness, being transgender, not having a gender, writing and tangents about hir personal life. Sometimes ze talks about books, Tamora Pierce, Magic the Gathering, fashion dolls, miniatures, stim toys, crafting and European melodic metal.

K. A. is about long-form writing, be it fiction or non-fiction, so please expect to sit down and spend a few minutes employing the scroll button.

Additionally, if you’re interested in stim toys and stimming, you might like to check out hir Tumblr blog @stimtoybox. If you’re aromantic or aro-spec and interested in more aro-spec media and creativity, you might like @aroworlds and hir aro-spec artist profile series.

If you’d like to support hir in hir creating of independent, diverse fiction, please consider buying hir a ko-fi or buying hir books with the pay-what-you-want option from Gumroad.

If you want to know how to pronounce hir pronouns, please read this mypronouns.org article.

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