Mab Segrest: ST EOM, Jayne County, and the Georgia-to-NYC-and-Back Rural Queer Avant-Garde

CLAGS’ 2014 Duberman Fellow traces the trajectories of two trans/queer emigres to New York City from rural Georgia whose works provide examples of an artistic rural and urban working-class avant-garde that is transregional, transgressive, and transgender.

The stories of Eddie Martin (aka St EOM) creator of Passaquan and Wayne Rogers, (aka Jayne County) show the complex locations from which New York City’s emigrants help constitute the possibilities of accelerated creative synapsis within the urban. A recreation of their rural environments contradicts regional and class stereotypes about the queer and the avant-garde.

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