GOLDEN (they/them) is a Black gender-nonconforming trans-femme photographer, poet, & community organizer raised in Hampton, VA (Kikotan land), currently residing in Boston, MA (Massachusett people land) and Brooklyn, NY (Lenapehoking land). They are the author of A Dead Name That Learned How to Live (Game Over Books) and the photographic self-portraiture series On Learning How to Live, documenting Black trans life at the intersections of surviving & living in the United States. 

Golden is the recipient of a Pink Door Fellowship (2017/2019), an Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Luminaries Fellowship (2019), the Frontier Award for New Poets (2019), a Best of the Net Award (2020), a City of Boston Artist-in-Residence (2020-2021), a Mass Cultural Council Fellowship in Photography (2021), & a Women Photograph Project Grant (2021). They hold a BFA in Photography & Imaging from New York University. 

Their published & collaborative work can be found on Instagram (@goldenthem_) or through their website


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