Boys and Oil: Growing Up Gay in a Fractured Land

Presented by Taylor Brorby, Assistant Professor, University of Alabama

In this talk, Brorby will explore the connections between extractive economies, targeting the LGBTQ+ community through book banning and censorship, and the role of storytelling to transform the systems in which we live as well as ourselves.

About the Speaker

Taylor Brorby is the author of Boys and Oil: Growing Up Gay in a Fractured Land, Crude: Poems, Coming Alive: Action and Civil Disobedience, and co-editor of Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America. Brorby’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, LitHub, Orion, and is widely anthologized.

He has received fellowships from the National Book Critics Circle, the MacDowell Colony, and the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. He serves on the editorial boards of Hub City Press,, and is a contributing editor at North American Review.

Event Partners

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Gender and Sexuality Campus Center (Instagram)
Gender and Women’s Studies
Department of Community and Environmental Sociology
Department of Geography
Department of Geoscience
Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture
Nelson Institute Center for Culture History and Environment
Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey


Feb 15 2024


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

More Info



Virtual (Zoom)


Alessandra Rella
(608) 265-0521