Cris Beam

Class of 1994

Cris BeamI graduated Women's Studies 1994--and I'm now teaching creative writing at Columbia and NYU and Bayview Women's Correctional Facility here in NYC. I've also written three books. The first was Transparent (Harcourt, 2007) which covers seven years in the lives of four transgender girls in Los Angeles, and it won a Lambda Literary Award and was a Stonewall Honor Book. The next was a young adult novel called I Am J (Little, Brown, 2011) about a runaway transboy in New York City. And my most recent is a memoir called Mother, Stranger,  recently published by the Atavist, which you can find here

I'm currently working on a book about the state of foster care in the U.S., which will be released by Houghton Mifflin-Harcourt, in the Spring of 2013. You can find out more at