Joan Brooks (she/they, она/оно) is a writer, teacher, and translator as well as a transgender and neurodiversity rights activist based in Pittsburgh, PA and St. Petersburg, Russia. Brooks’ fully bilingual, bicultural practice includes translations of leftist and queer-feminist poetry, autoethnographic essays, political art actions, trans-pornography, and rock-operas. Brooks also maintains a limited non-institutional teaching practice, offering performance-based seminars on literature, philosophy, and culture to students in the former Soviet Union and across the world.