Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

T Clutch Fleischmann

Creative Nonfiction

Office Location

Stonecoast MFA Office - 98 Bedford Street, Portland, ME 04012



Academic Degrees

  • MFA, Nonfiction Writing, University of Iowa
  • BFA, Writing, Grand Valley State University


T Fleischmann was born in Michigan and currently lives in Chicago after spending stretches of time in Iowa, Tennessee, and Brooklyn. They have moved in and out of the academy in their adult life, also pursuing activist work focused on transgender movement building, prison abolition, and social and environmental justice. T also plays around with visual and performance art, with a particular interest in choreography and movement, video, photography, and conceptual work. They are currently finishing a multiyear project with the photographer Benjy Russell. A Nonfiction Editor at DIAGRAM and Contributing Editor to EssayDaily, they widely publish both creative and critical writing. 


Areas of Scholarship

Contemporary art

Prison abolition

Trans and gender nonconforming writing and culture

Forms of the essay

experimental writing

Sex and sexuality

Recent Publications

A Portrait, a book-length essay forthcoming from Coffee House Press, 2019

Syzygy, Beauty, a book-length essay from Sarabande

A pamphlet in the series On Civil Disobedience, by Green Lantern Press

Body Forms: Queerness and the Essay, from Essay Press

"An Explanation of Music," an essay in the anthology How We Speak to One Another

"Ill-Fit the World," a critical essay in the anthology Bending Genre

"Monologues on Happiness," in the anthology Feminisms in Motion: A Decade of Intersectional Feminist Media

Awards and Recognition

Independent Voice Award for Syzygy, Beauty, from the Independent Publishers Association

Nominee for The Essay Prize, for Syzygy, Beauty

Named to "Lit 50: Who Really Books in Chicago" by New City

Notable essays in Best American Essays, 2009 and 2010