seeley quest lived in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1998 till 2015, and is now exploring away from the west coast. Sie worked there at independent bookstores for twelve years and at art modeling for eleven, often performed in and organised showcases around the Bay Area from ’01 till last featuring in the ’14 LitCrawl, and has toured to present in Vancouver, Toronto, and many other U.S. cities and colleges. Featured in D.C. at the True Spirit Conference, L.A. at Trans/Giving, NYC at the Stages Transgender Theater Festival, and New Orleans at Saints and Sinners Literary Festival, sie has poems published in the book Disability Culture and Community Performance: Find a Strange and Twisted Shape, issue 2 of of Them: a Trans Lit Journal, hybrid text in Fall ‘16 Fiction International, and won the ’16 “Able in this Diverse Universe Essay Contest” run by Karrie Higgins. Excerpts of performances with a collective disability justice project are in the ’13 documentary Sins Invalid: an unshamed claim to beauty.
For several years sie curated, promoted, and mc’d the lineup for the Performers’ Stage at the Anarchist Café, the annual opening night event for the San Francisco Anarchist Bookfair, as well as other cabaret series, and in ’12 organised an eleven-week film and discussion series at hir cooperative house, “Cinema of Loss and Transformation.” Seeley is a white trans person with mixed class, gender, and medicalised experiences since childhood. Hir parents worked in theatre and music and taught college, but it wasn’t till finding feminist mentors that sie began pursuing art making to consciously challenge the misogyny and other systemic biases sie received. Drawing from experiences of privilege, marginalisation, and solidarity, and experiments in different disciplines, sie often seeks to bridge communities and effectively reach a range of people.