Calvin Gimpelevich

Calvin Gimpelevich

Calvin Gimpelevich is an author and organizer based in the Pacific Northwest. His fiction appears in Electric Literature, Plentitude, Glitterwolf, cream city, THEM, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of awards from Artist Trust, Jack Straw Cultural Center, and 4Culture, in addition to residencies through CODEX/Writer’s Block and the Kimmel Harding NelsonCenter for the Arts. A founding member of the Lion’s Main Art Collective, Calvin has organized shows at venues throughout Seattle, including at Henry Art Gallery, where he was also a featured speaker

Invasions. Stories. (Instar Books 2018, 176 pp.)


Invasions flows from experiences that border on the divergent and taboo—polyamory, secret queer encounters—into the surreal, the unreal, the fluidity of moving from body to body. Gimpelevich writes with a rhythm that sings like a rock ballad; we have no idea where he might take us next and we don’t much care as long as we get to come along. City Arts Magazine

In Invasions, Calvin Gimpelevich writes fearlessly about trans and queer bodies, sex, and the possibilities of gender. In these edgy, strange stories, characters transform, transition, and transgress to discover themselves and, sometimes, each other. Carter Sickels, author of The Evening Hour


A body-swapping personal trainer and her trans girlfriend turn to a life of crime. A man mourning his dead lover becomes trapped in the mind of the leader of a bathhouse raid. A trans man, recovering from top surgery paid for with a stolen credit card, finds strange connection and condemnation among his fellow patients. The fifteen stories in this debut fiction collection from activist and writer Calvin Gimpelevich move in the borderlands between realism and surrealism, investigating transness, class, relationships, and the powers we still wield within spaces of powerlessness. They articulate the invasions we commit, the invitations we receive to cross over into another person’s world.


“In a time when toxic masculinity is under speculation, and the #MeToo movement is embroiled in who gets to claim it, the gender outlaws in Invasions lead us into the deeper explorations of these power dynamics through a different collateral of social power and powerlessness.”
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“Calvin Gimpelevich’s ‘Invasions’ considers the body.”
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