Books and Journal Issues


Forthcoming: Poetic Operations: Trans of Color Art in Digital Media

Image: We Already Know and We Don’t Yet Know, São Paulo, Brazil, January 2013, with micha cárdenas, Alessandra Renzi, Frantz Jerome, Benjamin Lundberg, Lily Mengesha, Aisha Jordan, Joana Fittipaldi and Tomaz Capobanco, photos by Macarena Gomez-Barris

Forthcoming from Duke University Press, Poetic Operations argues that by using algorithmic analysis to consider digital media that works for safety for trans people of color, one can see trans of color poetics. The operations of the cut, the shift and the stitch make up trans of color poetics, and emerge from the survival strategies of trans people of color. Trans of color poetics can also be seen in the work of artists who do not identify as people of color, trans or gender nonconforming, whose poetics still serve to increase safety for trans of color communities. The artworks discussed in this book all contribute, most explicitly, a few implicitly, to reducing violence against trans people of color, by interrupting colonial control of embodiment, modulating perceptibility, fostering transformation and building solidarity.


Trans Futures, Special Issue of Transgender Studies Quarterly, Co-Edited with Jian Neo Chen, 2019

Trans Futures cover image, artwork depicting a shopping cart filled with dirt, with a boom box mounted on it and a purple light shining down from above


The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities, published in 2012 by Atropos Press

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Trans Desire, 2010

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Selected Articles

Jian Neo Chen, micha cárdenas; “Times to Come: Materializing Trans Times.” TSQ 1 November 2019; 6 (4): 472–480. doi:

“Monstrous Children of Pregnant Androids: Latinx Futures After Orlando.” Special Issue on Orlando Pulse Massacre. Gay and Lesbian Quarterly. GLQ (2018) 24 (1): 26-31.

“Imagining A Trans World”, Special Issue on Ursula K. Le Guin. Ada Journal of Gender, New Media and Technology. 12. Alexis Lothian ed.

“Dilating Destiny: Writing the Transreal Body Through Game Design.” Jump Cut Journal, No. 57. Fall 2016,

“Trans of Color Poetics: Stitching Bodies, Concepts, and Algorithms.” Scholar and Feminist Online Journal, 13.3. 2016.

“Pregnancy: Trans Latina Reproductive Futures.” Transgender Studies Quarterly, Vol. 3, No. 1-2, Pp 48-57. 2016.

“Shifting Futures: Digital Trans of Color Praxis.” Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media and Technology, No. 6. 2015.

“Operation Faust y Furioso: A Trans [ ] Border Play on the Redistribution of the Sensible.” with Amy Sara Carroll, Ricardo Dominguez, Elle Mehrmand and Brett Stalbaum, Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Vol. 21 No 1, pp 28-42. 2015

From a Free Software Movement to a Free Safety Movement, Mute Magazine, July 2013

“Local Autonomy Networks: Post-Digital Networks, Post-Corporate Communications”, Media-N Journal of the New Media Caucus, Summer 2013

“Imaginary Computational Systems: queer technologies and transreal aesthetics”, with Zach Blas, AI & Society, October 2013

“Blah, Blah, Blah: Kesha Feminism?”, Journal of Popular Music Studies, June 2012

“A Game Level Where You Can’t Pass”,

“Becoming Dragon, A Transversal Technology Study”, CTheory

“The Transborder Immigrant Tool: Violence, Solidarity and Hope in Post-NAFTA Circuits of Bodies Electr(on)/ic”, with the Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0 / b.a.n.g. lab, Mobile HCI 2009 Proceedings

“Watering the Dirt”, No More Potlucks

virus.circus.mem”, with Elle Mehrmand, digital event ’11, Subversive Technologies, e-fagia

Becoming Dragon: a mixed reality durational performance in Second Life”, Micha Cárdenas ; Christopher Head ; Todd Margolis ; Kael Greco, The Engineering Reality of Virtual Reality 2009 Proceedings

“Productive confusions: learning from simulations of pandemic virus outbreaks in Second Life”, Micha Cárdenas ; Laura S. Greci ; Samantha Hurst ; Karen Garman ; Helene Hoffman ; Ricky Huang ; Michael Gates ; Kristen Kho ; Elle Mehrmand ; Todd Porteous ; Alan Calvitti ; Erin Higginbotham ; Zia Agha, Proceedings SPIE 7864, Three-Dimensional Imaging, Interaction, and Measurement, 78641C (January 27, 2011)

Book Chapters

“The Android Goddess Declaration: After Man(ifestos)”, in Losh, E., and J. Wernimont. Bodies of Information: Intersectional Feminism and the Digital Humanities. University of Minnesota Press, 2019.

“Decolonial Media Praxis: From Cinema to Network” in Keeling, K., and T. Soundararajan. From Third Cinema to Media Justice: Third World Majority and the Promise of Third Cinema. 2019.

“Dark Shimmers: The Rhythm of Necropolitical Affect.” In Johanna Burton, Reina Gossett and Eric Stanley eds. Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility. MIT Press. December 2017.

“Queer OS: A User’s Manual.” with Zach Blas, Jacob Gaboury, Jessica Marie Johnson, Margaret Rhee and Fiona Barnett. In Matthew K. Gold and Lauren F. Klein eds. Debates in the Digital Humanities Vol. 2. University of Minnesota Press. 2016.

 “Becoming Dragon, A Transversal Technology Study” in Feminist and Queer Information Studies Reader

“Micha Cárdenas” in Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetics, edited by Trace Peterson and TC Tolbert

Manifesto Now! Instructions for Performance, Philosophy, Politics

“I Am Transreal” in Gender Outlaws, edited by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman

virus.circus.mem with Elle Mehrmand, Speculative, exhibition catalog

“Becoming Dragon”, Critical Digital Studies Reader


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