My name’s Wiley, I’m a white queer Autistic artist in my late 30s. I’m currently living on and trying to repair American-occupied Ute and Cheyenne territory. I’m studying permaculture (certified 2019) and ecosystem regeneration, as well as settler colonial capitalism and the work we need to do to heal from it. I never outgrew my love of 5th-grade library research projects, so I’m trying to find ways to do that towards collective liberation.
- Gender: I prefer they/them pronouns and still ID as genderqueer because I’m old. Most people read me as female, and my experience of the world overlaps substantially with the experiences of other people in society’s “woman” box. I’m ok with being a woman in solidarity, if not in the way I think of myself.
- Religion: I’ve spent much of my adult life as a Muslim, and wore hijab full time for about six years. Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about whether that’s my space to take up as an increasingly theologically unorthodox white convert. So I’m still working through that.
- Class: I grew up as a member of the prep school pseudo-aristocracy. I have a lot of unlearning to do and a lot of reparations to make.
- Dream job: Forest tender/charcoal maker. Most of my favorite people are trees.