Here is ALOK: a glittery persona with lavish jewelry and equally lavish body hair. With a strong jawline and a strong look, they challenge what the world thought it knew about the gender binary.
The author, poet, comedian, and public speaker, who has 1.2 million Instagram followers, is about to add a new accolade to their resume as the inaugural endowed LGBTQ+ scholar in residence at the University of Pennsylvania.
ALOK, author of “Femme in Public” (2017), “Beyond the Gender Binary” (2020), and “Your Wound/My Garden” (2021), will spend four days on campus teaching and meeting students, including hosting a radical self-love and poetry workshop, as well as an evening of comedy and poetry at the Zellerbach Theatre, a free event open to all PennCard holders. This residency was made possible through an anonymous donation to the LGBT Center.
In a Q & A with Penn Today, ALOK discusses their creative process, self-love, and the art of becoming.