"What feminine part of yourself did you have to destroy in order to survive in this world?" questions queer performing artist and writer Alok Vaid-Menon in their new collection of poetry, Femme in Public. Chronicled in a chapbook, Vaid-Menon's words offer "a dream of what it could look like to celebrate transfemininity in public—both in ourselves and for the people who desire us."
In an OUT interview with Vaid-Menon, discussing the political power of art, they described their practice as "improvisational, cheeky, disarming, intense and confessional." The artist continued, saying they believe "artists have the ability to create and practice the type of world we are fighting for with our craft."