Sabrina Imbler

Instructor & Writer
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Sabrina Imbler is a staff writer for Defector Media, a worker-owned site, where they cover creatures and the natural world. Their book, How Far the Light Reaches, is out now with Little, Brown. Their chapbook, Dyke (geology) is out now with Black Lawrence Press.


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Cover Photo: This photograph shows someone sitting at a window with headphones on.
Looping Music Takes Me to a “Place” Where I Can Write

Putting songs on repeat helps me get into a writing flow, return to my projects after time away, and access memories and moods more easily.

Dec 06, 2022
Cover Photo: Tim Mossholder via Unsplash
How the Immortal Jellyfish Helps Me Rewrite My Queer Childhood

I have no desire to live forever. But what I would give to return to adolescence and do it over, even once! To kiss who I wanted to kiss, not settling for her brother.

Sep 20, 2018
Cover Photo: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2015 Hohonu Moana, via Flickr
A Queer Love Story at the Bottom of the Sea

What the Venus flower basket and a Norwegian bildungsroman can teach us about queer adolescence.

Jul 24, 2018
Cover Photo: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute via YouTube
The Strangest Fish in the World and Its Literary Twin

There are certain wonders that disappear in translation.

Jun 19, 2018
Cover Photo: budak via Flickr
How the Bobbit Worm Helps Me Name My Sexual Assault

He attempted to have sex with me, and I managed to stop him by saying I had a tampon in, my period blood a greater deterrence than my protest.

May 16, 2018
Cover Photo: Mandy Jouan via Flickr
How the Hairy-Chested Yeti Crab Taught Me to Survive Trump’s America

“There’s definitely a ton of colored people here!” a white guy told me. “I mean, people of color. That’s what I said, right?”

Mar 20, 2018
Cover Photo: At left, "Haeckel's most famous print." Plates from Ernst Haeckel's Kunstformen der Natur (Artforms of nature) (1904) via Wikimedia Commons.
Ernst Haeckel, the Eugenicist Who Designed My Tattoos

Science is not now, nor has ever been, objective, fair, or inclusive.

Feb 21, 2018
Cover Photo: Mao de Paris, via Flickr
How an Octopus Helps Me Think About My Mother's Eating Disorder

On “the animal kingdom’s bravest and most vigilant mother.”

Jan 17, 2018