References

This page exists because, as a designer of event flyers for writers and other creatives, it used to frustrate me no end to discover nobody bothered to compile all this in one easy location.

Acknowledgements

All text copyright 2013-2018 K. A. Cook unless otherwise noted. Please don’t repost cover material without a link back to this blog or the vendor from which you downloaded the book.

Images

In the unlikely event that one should ever need to reference me in any way more than a link, my header is free to use.

Bio

K. A. Cook is a panalterous, aro-ace, genderless, autistic feminist who experiences chronic pain and mental illness. They write creative non-fiction, personal essays and novels about all of the above on the philosophy that if the universe is going to make life interesting, they might as well make interesting art.

They are 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.

They blog at Queer Without Gender and at K-A-Cook on Tumblr. They also review and compile information on stim toys at Stim Toy Box.

Pronouns

They/them/theirs or ze/hir/hirs. No pronouns historically associated with a binary gender.

Terminology

As of writing, I like small-a autistic and identity first language, the phrase “female-designated” should my AGAB ever be relevant (please try to make this as irrelevant as possible), the words “non-binary” or “genderless” and the word “experiences” as opposed to “suffers” when discussing my mental illnesses. I’m content to be referred to as “an autistic” as opposed to “an autistic person”.

do consider myself trans and non-binary, but not genderqueer. I also refer to myself as a queer or a queer person, and since I don’t feel included under any present initialism, I prefer that all people, including cishet people, call me “queer” as opposed to “LGBT+”. “LGBTQIA+” is suitable if you absolutely cannot use the word “queer”, but it isn’t my preference.

I am agender as in the sense of being genderless or gendervoid, as in the complete absence of a gender. I prefer language used in reference to me to not treat my absence of a gender as a neutral gender. Please use “gender identity” when you absolutely have to discuss my identity in language that cannot easily encapsulate the lack of gender.

Don’t refer to me as an “enby”. I find “enby” incredibly diminishing and infantilising.

Creator image

(Image copyright Regina Cook. Please use with glorious abandon until I can afford a photographer not related to me to get a professional, print-quality image.)

Photo of K. A. Cook. They are a small, white person with short, spiky blond hair wearing a blue check shirt and a black waistcoat, sitting on a brown patio surrounded by green bushes.

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