You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to celebrate PRIDE at Steppenwolf as part of their LookOut Series -- a performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Ariel Carter to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Ariel here and get your tickets!
Ariel Carter is a poet, badass, and textbook Leo. After graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she majored in having a lot of potential, she seamlessly transitioned into professionally petting dogs. An avid perfectionist, she’s spent roughly 4 years of her life trying to write a good bio, and she finally decided on this one out of sheer desperation. She’s eventually going to be a psychotherapist and covered in tattoos
What's the Queerest thing you've done?
i'd say the most lesbian thing I've ever done was not know for a few months if this girl and I were going on dates or hanging out as friends, even though the first time we went out, she wore a vest, took me to the Leather Archives & Museum, and we talked about queer artists, translations of Sappho, and not looking for boyfriends—it was dates, we were dating, I finally figured it out when she sent me a poem confessing her feelings. The GAYEST thing I've ever done--this came back to me years later, but when I was a kid, one of my mom's friends asked if I liked any boys at school and I told her (direct quote) "I have no use for boys.”
Who is your favorite Queer icon?
My absolute favorite queer icon is a tie between two writers: the first is Maggie Nelson, author of the Argonauts—among other things, she writes about her little queer family in a way that makes me want to mother like 11 babies, and the second is canonically bisexual modernist poet H.D.—She has a collection of poems about tough nature (Sea Garden, if you care), she underwent analysis with Freud, and she is so cool that it makes my little queer heart sing.