C. R. Foster

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C. R. Foster is a queer, nonbinary trans writer from Portland, Oregon. Their critically acclaimed short story collection Shine of the Ever is available from Interlude Press.


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Every Queer Person Should Learn How to Fight

On its surface, Brazilian jiu-jitsu was not a sport that I belonged in. To say that it is macho is an understatement.

Sep 21, 2022
Cover Photo: An illustration of an immaculately dressed older man wearing a straw pork-pie hat and smoking a cigarette in an old-fashioned holder. He is sitting in a garden between long, sculpted rows of lilac bushes.
The Benefactor

The bills were too thick to conceal in my pocket, so I reached inside my briefs and hid them there.

Sep 16, 2022
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Gentle Cheater

The slip taped to his locker at the post office was an obscene shade of rose—a private pink that called to mind the very thing that had gotten him in trouble in the first place.

Jun 10, 2022
Cover Photo: An illustration of a person wearing headphones and sitting in front of a microphone while holding an open book in front of their face. Several books in pink, blue, and yellow exist between the reader's mouth and the microphone, as if a series of layers of barriers. The background is blue and pink.
Trans Voices Belong in the Recording Booth Too

Contributing to the small body of trans-narrated, trans-written audiobooks felt both personally affirming and politically necessary.

Dec 20, 2021
Cover Photo: An illustration of a white woman holding the crossbar of a Jeep as she rides through the desert. She is wearing sunglasses and a fuchsia headscarf and her face is turned away from the viewer. Driving the Jeep is a Black man in army fatigues.
The Abaarso School for Clever Girls

Melinda’s violation of their agreement—to stay the same for each other, forever—was so profound that she split their shared sphere in two.

Jul 23, 2021
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We Did Not Belong in Okinawa

Okinawa knew what to do with monsters.

Jul 12, 2021
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Venus Conjunct Saturn

Maybe it wasn’t that Angie wanted to break things off with Kate; she just didn’t know enough to decide if she wanted to keep going.

Jan 03, 2020
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When I Started HRT, I Discovered a Sweeter Side to My Masculinity

I was leaving femininity behind, grateful to have an example like my grandpa to grow toward.

May 20, 2019
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The World of Transshipment, Where One Glitch Can Lead to Chaos

I couldn’t stop thinking about what I would do if something went wrong. If I made a mistake, my son and I might go back to being homeless.

Jan 25, 2018