MAIREAD CASE (she her hers) is a working writer and teacher, and a former birthday party clown. Recently she earned her PhD in English and Creative Writing at the University of Denver, where she was also an AHSS Fellow. Mairead learns about and works in radical pedagogy, fourth wave intersectional feminism, embodied queer theory, narrative, the US prison industrial complex, and the public.
Currently Mairead teaches high school English full-time, regularly at the Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, and every Friday at the Denver women's jail. She is also a CNF consultant at the Institute of American Indian Arts and works for Denver Girls Rock in the summertime. Mairead is the author of the novel See You In the Morning (featherproof), the poetry chapbook TENDERNESS (Meekling Press), the TO THE TEETH column at Entropy, and, with David Lasky, the forthcoming Georgetown Steam Plant Graphic Novel. Mairead has been a Legal Observer for the National Lawyers Guild for over a decade, and volunteers at a queer-focused, survivor-led 24h hotline.
Mairead holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame (BA, Great Books and French) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA-W), as well as anti-racism trainings from the Chicago Freedom School and the Highlander Center. She learns from her students too.
Mairead teaches, reads, and organizes widely, at places including the Poetry Foundation Library, the Naropa Summer Writing Program, the Public Media Institute, the Pitchfork Book Fort, the Bronx Museum, the Whitney Biennial, the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Young Chicago Authors, the Chicago Public Library, and Lighthouse Writers' Workshop. She was awarded residencies and fellowships from Ragdale, ACRE, the Wassaic Project, Seattle Arts and Culture, and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs; presents regularly at AWP and the Museum of Pop Culture; and has published in the Los Angeles Review of Books, The New Inquiry, Pitchfork, Bookslut, Best American Comics, Village Voice Media, Jezebel, and elsewhere.
She took this picture in a haunted hotel on New Year's Eve.
Teaching philosophy available upon request.
Splash page portrait by Kevin Czap
Handwriting by MCC & CLeM