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Cris Beam

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Cris Beam is the author of Transparent: Love, Family and Living the T with Transgender Teenagers (Harcourt, 2007), which won a Lambda Literary Award and was a Stonewall Honor Book. Her second book, I Am J,  is a young adult novel released from Little Brown in March 2011. Cris Beam’s book, To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care , was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2013.   Her work has appeared in many national magazines as well as on the public radio program This American Life . Beam teaches beginning and advanced creative nonfiction writing courses at Gallatin, as well as a course on family memoir, and her research interests are in gender and LGBT studies, urban subcultures, urban poverty and social justice, prison writing and madness. In addition to NYU, Beam also teaches at Columbia University, The New School and Bayview Women’s Correctional Facility in New York.

Cris Beam


B.A. Women's Studies & Journalism, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1994
M.F.A. Creative Nonfiction, Columbia University, 2005

Recent News

Professor Cris Beam’s essay “Just Holding on Through the Curves” was published in the August 29, 2013 Modern Love section of The New York Times.  


2016 Spring

Writing the Family

2014 Spring

Writing the Family

2013 Spring

Advanced Creative Nonfiction

2013 Fall

Creative Nonfiction

2012 Summer

Creative Nonfiction