I'm a writer and researcher living on Wurundjeri land. My essays have appeared in Island Magazine, Sydney Review of Books, Peril Magazine, and others. I co-host the Call Me By My Name Project: A Trans Oral History Podcast and Adopted Feels.

My current research focuses on experiences and histories of Korean transnational, transracial adoption. I'm co-facilitator of the Korean Adoptee Adoption Research Network (KAARN) and the Philosophies of Difference (PoD) group. I completed my PhD on Merleau-Ponty's philosophy in 2017 (The University of Melbourne). 

Contact me at: ryanreadsthings@gmail.com

Ryan Gustafsson, looking to the right, wearing a hat and striped overshirt

(Photo: Bryan Mukandi)

Writing

My art installation, a black cabinet with the top drawer open. For the Same River Twice exhibition
Close-up of my installation at the Same River Twice exhibition.

detour, for the Same River Twice exhibition, Emerging Writers Festival 2022. At Footscray Community Arts Centre. Photos: Matto Lucas.

'Curious Entanglements,' Sydney Review of Books, September 2022.

'Whole Bodies,' Against Disappearance: Essays on Memory, eds. Leah Jing McIntosh and Adolfo Aranjuez. Pantera Press.

'We met each other with different names,' Nothing to Hide: Voices of Trans and Gender Diverse Australia, eds. Sam Elkin, Alex Gallagher, Yves Rees & Bobuq Sayed. Allen & Unwin.

'There are no single stories,' Bent Street #5.1: soft borders, hard edges, eds. Sam Elkin, Yves Rees, & Tiffany Jones. Clouds of Magellan Press.

'I want to write how you'd tell it,' Island Magazine #161.