Being by Zach Ellis



Zach Ellis’s debut, Being, is a remarkable, lyrical memoir that works to put into words what it is to be transgender. It’s a book about relationships, about growing up, about the body and mind, about desire, about parenting, about how we adjust to huge changes, and about whom we know ourselves to be. It’s a funny book, an honest book, and a book that cuts deep into you.

“There is a place you go as a reader in this book, and that place is the body, and I’m in love with the rediscovery. This book will break your heart, make you bust a gut laughing, seduce you into leaving your self a little, and bring you back to being, differently. Beautifully.” —Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Chronology of Water and Misfit’s Manifesto.

Zach Ellis writes creative nonfiction. His work has appeared in Nailed, The Nervous Breakdown, Rad Dad, and The Gravity of the Thing. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

$6, First print publication, December 2017,

Originally published in the Instant Future eBook series,  36 pages