MAXE Crandall


Maxe Crandall is a poet, playwright, and director. He is the author of the chapbooks Emoji for Cher Heart (belladonna*, 2015) and Together Men Make Paradigms (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs, 2014), and is the founder of the theater company Beautiful Moments in Popular Culture, which most recently materialized as a poets theater series at The Stud in San Francisco. His new book about AIDS archives and intergenerational memory The Nancy Reagan Collection (Futurepoem) just landed on the NYPL’s Best 100 Books of 2020 & LitHub’s 65 Favorite Books of 2020. Maxe is Interim Associate Director of the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Stanford University.




"What is there to say that you haven't not said already? Maxe Crandall fills the Reagans' famous silence on AIDS with a dazzling fantasia on glamour, grief, testimony, fandom, and ferocious indignation. Crandall refracts the crimes of the eighties through the icons and cultural debris of that era—so many coldblooded ways for flesh, power, and image to meet in mass death. Global catastrophes ornament Nancy's reign of just saying no as the CIA runs crack to fund the Contras. She floats above, a ghoulish death's head, dead and life-like, the pole star of this performance novel. Nancy introduces hallucination at the viral spike. Above all, The Nancy Reagan Collection explores the meaning of the image in all dimensions, blunt and cryptic, the live self blinks behind the one represented. Like Nancy, you will smile one of your political grins."
— Robert Glück













"Maxe Crandall's The Nancy Reagan Collection is a virtuosic experiment where the all too harrowing reality of the Reagan era and its discontents (AIDS, Iran-Contra, the beginning of the end of the progressive American dream) meets a phantasmagorical interlocution with its strangest protagonist—Nancy Reagan. Crandall hauntingly weaves poetry and historiography together alongside an index of our fallen ancestors to remind us of the bizarre ways that queer and trans people's lives are enmeshed in deadly intimacy with people whose politics and politesse kill us. I love this book."
—Miguel Gutierrez

Beautiful Moments in Popular Culture 

ASTONISHING GAY THEATER


Our mission is to produce work at odds with commercial theater and make occasion for revivals of underproduced or forgotten theater. We ran a performance series at The Stud in San Francisco; now we make radio and video under quarantine in the Bay Area.



        STOP PLAY        a dance soap opera about loss, lineage, and gay ghosts @ ODC Theater SF      ︎H. Goidell





Box of Rain     by Kevin Killian @ The Stud SF    ︎S. Hug


  Together Men Make Paradigms      
@ Dixon Place NYC                   ︎G. Moon



print WORK


Together Men Make Paradigms   chapbook from Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs

Emoji for Cher Heart   belladonna chaplet #169

We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics   Nightboat 2020

Brooklyn Poets Anthology   Brooklyn Arts Press 2017

Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics   Nightboat 2013

This Assignment is So Gay: LGBTIQ Poets on the Art of Teaching   Sibling Rivalry 2013

“Polysensorium Tells Your Fortune: An Action Art Object”   Transgender Studies Quarterly
5.1

“Moving Transgender Histories” with Selby W Schwartz 
   Transgender Studies Quarterly 2.4

“Symptom” with Selby W Schwartz   Women & Performance 24

“Emmett Ramstad’s Pube File”
   Transgender History in 99 Objects @ ONE Archives

selected online


BLEED and Becoming” / on Tere O’Connor   Ontheboards.tv

“Congratulations, You’re a New Narrative Subject”   SFMOMA Open Space

“The Dream of the Dance: Meditations on the Early Videos of Janet Jackson”   SFMOMA Open Space

“Emoji for Cher Heart”   Vetch Issue 1

“Hands on Deck”   The Cortland Review

“Playing Stein”   Jacket2

“Red Ribbon” “Emergency Theater” with Mónica de la Torre  The Recluse

Links & events


Woodland Pattern Book Center Poetry Marathon Jan30-31
New York Public Library Best Books of 2020
Lit Hub Our Favorite 65 Books of the Year
An Amazing Review of Nancy by Rebecca Stoddard on the ALA site

Maxe & Emmett Ramstad receive a Eureka Commission from Onassis USA
Moe’s Books - video performance of Mud in Love for We Want It All launch
Brooklyn Poets Poet of the Week
Poetry Project New Years Day Marathon 2020 Dec31-Jan1