My name is Barker McDonald Thompson, and I am a 17-year-old queer creative writer from Los Angeles, California. I’ve loved the art of writing for practically all my life, but over the past three years, I have really developed my voice and craft as a creative writer. I’ve experimented in many different forms of creative writing, including fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and hybrid prose/prose poetry, and through this process of experimentation, I have discovered poetry to be the most meaningful, the most interesting, and the most liberating genre for me.
I live my life in a constant state of observation, and in my poetry, I access my own “glances” of the world around me — the things in life that I feel we tend to brush over — and work with them to try to find new meaning. I write about friends and family members, the natural world, politics, queer struggles, and more.