Be Oakley (B. 1991 Clearwater, FL) is a writer, facilitator, and publisher based in Queens, NY. They received their MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2018. Oakley is currently a Part-Time Lecturer in print and paper at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in Boston, NY.
In 2015, Oakley started GenderFail, a publishing, programming, and archiving platform of which they are the sole laborer. GenderFail is not a non-for-profit but a profit-for-survival, or a profit-to-continue-our-work-without-other-means-of-capital and—most importantly—to make money for those who Oakley publishes. With GenderFail, Oakley says that publishing is personal. It’s a means of livelihood and a tool for the dissemination of an imperfect but powerful idea. GenderFail seeks to publish works that expand queer subjectivity by looking at queerness as an identity that challenges capitalist, racist, ableist, xenophobic, transphobic, homophobic, misogynistic, and anti-environmental ideologies.