Trans poet, writer, translator, and intertextual artist jos charles is the author of the poetry collections Safe Space (Ahsahta Press, 2016) and feeld (Milkweed Editions, forthcoming September 2018), a winner of the 2017 National Poetry Series, selected by Fady Joudah. She is the founding-editor of THEM, the first trans literary journal in the US, and engages in direct gender justice work with a variety of organizations and performers. charles has poetry has appeared in Poetry magazine, PEN, Washington Square Review, BLOOM, Denver Quarterly, Action Yes, The Feminist Wire, The Capilano Review, and elsewhere.
charles earned her MFA from the University of Arizona. In 2016, charles was a recipient of the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. She lives in Long Beach, California.