Redfern Jon Barrett

Fiction Writer

Author's Bio

Redfern Jon Barrett is the British-German author to the novels Forget Yourself and The Giddy Death of the Gays & the Strange Demise of Straights – which was a finalist for the Bisexual Book Awards and nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. Redfern’s literary and speculative fiction deals with themes of identity, ranging from sexuality, to gender, polyamory, and religion. A big fan of worldbuilding, they also write ‘ambitopian’ fiction, which they describe in the io9/Gizmodo article ‘Why We Need Utopian Fiction Now More Than Ever’.

Redfern’s short stories have appeared in Booth, The Sun, Passages North, SLEEK, and Flash Fiction Online, were shortlisted for Scotland’s HISSAC prize, and longlisted for the Royal Academy/Pin Drop Short Story Award. Their nonfiction writing has featured in publications including Guernica, Strange Horizons, and PinkNews, as well as the National Museum of Denmark.

Born in Sheffield in 1984, Redfern grew up in market towns, seaside resorts, and post-industrial cities, before moving to Wales and gaining a PhD in Literature from Swansea University (Prifysgol Abertawe). They have served on the review committee for the Conference on the Future of Mongogamy and Nonmonogamy at UC Berkeley and publicly debated the issue at UCL, while their campaign work for LGBTQ+ and polyamory rights has been referenced in The Independent, The Mirror, Buzzfeed, and BBC News. Redfern currently divides their time between Britain and Berlin, living with their two boyfriends and far too many books.

Publications & Prizes

Crack the Spine 18 (Crack the Spine, 2015)
Heiresses of Russ: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction 2014 (Lethe Press, 2014)
Forget Yourself (Lethe Press, 2016)
The Giddy Death of the Gays & the Strange Demise of Straights (Lethe Press, 2015)
Acapella Zoo
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Flash Fiction Online
Jellyfish Review
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Sun Magazine

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Last update: Apr 06, 2021