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An image of Erik Fuhrer leaning in a chair with a unicorn shirt, sparkly scarf, pink pants, and gold sparkly shoes.

Erik Fuhrer is a queer, nonbinary poet, playwright, and scarf tie aficionado whose fashion sense is part Buffy Summers, part Blanch Devereux, and part the lion from The Wizard of Oz. Their most recent book, Gellar Studies (Spuyten Duyvil, 2023) hailed as “exceptionally delectable and devastating” by Addie Tsai, creatively engages with the work of icon Sarah Michelle Gellar to unfold personal narratives of queer trauma.

Erik was a 2024 final judge for UCLA's Allegra Johnson Writing Contest and was the featured poet at the 32nd Annual Virginia Woolf conference in 2023. They have taught high school, worked as a college counselor, and worked at numerous colleges, including The University of Notre Dame, The University of Iowa, and UCLA Extension.

Erik is also the author of 6 additional books of poetry and one play. A combination of My Little Pony and watching Sarah Michelle Gellar chew the scenery in All My Children, and everything since, solidified their queerness at a young age. Their Tenderheart Bear obsession may or may not be over.

Their memoir, My Buffed Up Life, which features Buffy the Vampire Slayer as a fictional interlocutor to express narratives of personal trauma and memory, will be released by Spuyten Duyvil in 2024.

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