I Don't Understand How Emotions Work: A Graphic Memoir

Author(s): Fury

Trans & Gender Diverse Biography / Memoir | Trans, Intersex, Gender Diverse & Gender Non-Binary | Australian/Aotearoa | Gender Transition

Fury is transgender and wants to go on testosterone, but to access treatment they must first see a psychiatrist. They quickly become aware of the answers required for approval, which makes them conscious of how they are (and are likely) retrofitting their memories to meet the diagnostic standards. As they grapple with their childhood being coerced into a medical framework, they start to slip in and out of memory, becoming suspended both in and outside of time. I Don't Understand How Emotions Work is an experimental graphic memoir that questions the legitimacy of identity, memory and emotion.


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Fury is a white, queer, non-binary (trans) writer based in Naarm/Melbourne, Australia. They reside predominantly on Wurundjeri land of the Kulin Nation and pay their respects to the elders past and present.
Fury has been writing poetry since they were 12. After a brief but intense stint in Melbourne’s spoken word scene, they settled into journalism and queer advocacy. They have recently branched out into playwriting and writing for screen. They are interested in works that sit on the margins of genres including poems that hold their own both spoken and on page, poetry-plays and experimental journalism. In 2016 they were awarded one of the Wheeler Centre’s Hot Desk Fellowships to work on a narrative suite of gothic poetry examining trauma, queerness and girlhood at an all-girl school. They were also offered a place in the Besen Writers Workshop at the Malthouse Theatre. In 2017 they travelled to the U.S. to interview lesbian carers of the men who died of AIDS in the 80s, courtesy of the Kat Muscat Fellowship. In 2018 they have been their first book, an experimental graphic novel memoir called I Don’t Understand How Emotions Work.

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