H. Melt is a poet, artist, and educator whose work proudly celebrates Chicago’s queer and trans communities. Their writing has appeared many places including the Chicago Reader, The Offing, and Them, the first trans literary journal in the United States. They are the author of On My Way to Liberation and The Plural, The Blurring. H. Melt edited the anthology Subject to Change: Trans Poetry & Conversation.  

Lambda Literary awarded them the Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers. They’ve also been named to Newcity’s Lit 50 list, and Windy City Times’ 30 under 30. Their art has been exhibited at the Leather Archives & Museum, the Overlook, and Woman Made Gallery. They've taught at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Poetry Foundation, and Young Chicago Authors. H. Melt works at Women & Children First, Chicago’s feminist bookstore.  

Photo by Kiam Marcelo Junio