Max Wolf Valerio

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Max Wolf Valerio (born February 16, 1957) is a Native American poet, memoir writer, essayist and actor. He lived for many years in San Francisco, California, and now resides in Denver, Colorado. He is of Kainai (Blackfoot/Blood),[1] Sephardic Jewish, Conversos, and Northern European descent.

Valerio's 2006 memoir "The Testosterone Files" describes his experience as a trans man. He performs poetry and acts on both film and stage.


  • The Testosterone Files: My social and hormonal transition from female to male (Memoir, 2006)
  • This Bridge We Call Home (Anthology, 2002)
  • The Phallus Palace (Anthology, 2002)
  • Male Lust (Anthology, 2000)
  • This Bridge Called My Back (Anthology, 1981 [pre-transition])


  • Unhung Heroes (Film, 2002)
  • Gendernauts: A Journey Through Shifting (Documentary, 1999)
  • Female Misbehavior (Documentary, 1992)


  1. ^ "Exile: Vision Quest at the Edge of Identity." Queer Cultural Center. Retrieved 4 Aug 2012.


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