Bio


Maxe Crandall is Lecturer and Interim Associate Director of the Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Stanford University. Maxe works in the intersections of transgender studies and experimental poetics and performance. His new book about AIDS archives and intergenerational memory The Nancy Reagan Collection (Futurepoem) is on the New York Public Library’s Best 100 Books of 2020, LitHub’s 65 Favorite Books of 2020, and is a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Transgender Poetry.

He is a poet, playwright, and director; author of the chapbooks Emoji for Cher Heart (belladonna*, 2015) and Together Men Make Paradigms (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs, 2014); and the founder of the theater company Beautiful Moments in Popular Culture, which most recently materialized as a poets theater series at The Stud in San Francisco. His work has been anthologized in We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics (Nightboat 2020), The Brooklyn Poets Anthology (Brooklyn Arts Press 2017), and Troubling the Line (Nightboat Books 2013). Maxe has received fellowships from the Lambda Literary Foundation, the Poetry Project, SFMOMA Open Space, and a Eureka Commission from Onassis USA.

Prior to coming to Stanford, Maxe developed and co-directed the program Readings in Gender and Sexuality in the Undergraduate Writing Program at Columbia University (2012-2015). Previous academic appointments include Assistant Professor in English at Temple University (2010-2012), and the Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellowship at The Georgia Institute of Technology (2007-2010). Maxe holds a PhD in English and Gender Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Honors & Awards


  • Eureka Commission, Onassis USA (2020)
  • Playwriting Fellowship, Lambda Literary Foundation (2017)
  • Emerge-Surface-Be Fellowship, The Poetry Project (2014)
  • Emerging Poets Fellowship, Poets House (2014)

2020-21 Courses


All Publications


  • PolySensorium Tells Your Fortune An Action Art Object TSQ-TRANSGENDER STUDIES QUARTERLY Carter, J., George, D., Crandall, M., Schwartz, S., Ozma, Z. 2018; 5 (1): 143–47
  • Moving Transgender Histories: Sean Dorsey's Trans Archival Practice TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly Schwartz, S. W., Crandall, M. 2015; 2 (4)

    View details for DOI 10.1215/23289252-3151493