The Mineral Point Poetry Series, no. 7 • Release Date: September 4, 2018

Print ISBN: 978-1-948559-09-6 • Ebook ISBN: 978-1-948559-12-6

Brain Mill Press offers The Rise of Genderqueer for direct sale in ebook and trade paperback. Ebook buyers receive access to MOBI (Kindle), EPUB, and PDF files, offered without DRM restrictions. Print book buyers receive a physical copy of the book as well as access to the ebook files in all formats.

Hanks challenges the narrative that gender surfaces from a stable center, like sunlight from a sun; instead, in his work being trans is its own center, undefined by the cis gaze, the alpha of its own possibilities. ... Not only are we witnessing the birth of an extraordinary voice in these poems, but we might also want to prepare ourselves in the face of such undeniable talent.

—Roy G. Guzmán, author of Restored Mural for Orlando


These poems are anything but simple. And it is within this complexity that Hanks fashions these gems of ever-changing colors. Read these poems, be shattered, get brave.

—Kiki Petrosino, author of Witch Wife


Tender and brutal, luminous and dark, raucous and gutting, Hanks’ poems are so alive that you can almost hear their heartbeat.



Hanks challenges assumptions about gender, dismantling the status quo from every angle. ... [Hanks's] poems are raw and authentic and create a space for his extraordinary voice.

—Washington Blade

“We are witnessing the birth of an extraordinary voice in these poems.”
—Roy G. Guzmán, author of Restored Mural for Orlando

A truly incomparable collection, The Rise of Genderqueer constructs a voice with unmitigated and authentic yearning. Its poems soak ink into page from margin to margin, pressing into the reader’s assumptions about gender unmercifully. These poems demand, carry authentic wisdom, deliver keen argument, and disarm with sly wit. Wren Hanks challenges the status quo as neatly as a flower slid into the barrel of a rifle. These are utterly convincing prose forms studded with rhetoric he’s deftly remastered and sampled from our culture and conversations right now.

I’ll never be denatured, // I am nature,” Hanks’s poems insist, as the reader bears witness to a bigger world, light flooding into every corner, revealing what has always been true, vigorous, and expansive.


Wren Hanks is the author of Prophet Fever (Hyacinth Girl Press) and co-editor of Curious Specimens (Sundress Publications), an anthology of the strange and uncanny. A 2016 Lambda Emerging Writers Fellow, his work appears or is forthcoming in Best New Poets, Foglifter, Gigantic Sequins, Waxwing, and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and tweets @suitofscales.


Brain Mill Press commissioned a special 8 x 10″ broadside for The Rise of Genderqueer, featuring hand-set metal type and printed on French Paper Company fine art paper in a limited edition of fifty, designed and printed by letterpress artist Lindsay Schmittle at Gingerly Press.

The broadside can be purchased separately or as a bundle with the print edition of The Rise of Genderqueer.


AN EXCERPT from The Rise of Genderqueer: Poems by Wren Hanks

© Wren Hanks, 2018. All rights reserved.


The Ghost Incites a Genderqueer Pledge of Allegiance


Deny girl and the blood galaxies trailing it; there is a ghost in me who loves each egg, who won’t let me throw up when I’m seasick from my period.

There is a ghost in me riffing on fertility & chocolate almonds. We grow organs in pig ribs, ghost. Surely swelling and blossoming are not the same.

Swelling’s for an injured brain, a uterus drunk on the repetition of cells. I place my hand on my bound chest, pledge allegiance to the rashes and the scales, the fold and petal.

It’s a mess inside me, ghost.


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