How Trees Complicate Our Understanding of Gender
A few years ago, the UK’s oldest tree, a Yew that had spent thousands of years in the appearance of maleness, began to grow female berries.
which explores human connections with trees through history, folklore, science, and a queer feminist lens.
Miranda Schmidt is a writer, editor, and teacher whose work has appeared in TriQuarterly, The Collagist, Electric Literature, Orion, Phoebe, and other journals. Read more at mirandaschmidt.com and @mirandarschmidt
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