Elise Matthesen

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Elise Matthesen
Elise Matthesen and Sheila Williams.jpg
Elise Matthesen (left) and Sheila Williams, 2008
Born Elise Krueger
Wisconsin United States
Nationality American
Known for Journalism, Science-fiction, Bisexual Rights
Movement Interstitial Arts Movement, Bisexual Rights

Elise Matthesen (née Krueger; born in Wisconsin in 1960[1]) is an American essayist, journalist, poet, and fiction writer (primarily of science fiction and fantasy; she is an active supporter of the interstitial arts movement), and a crafter of art jewelry and a long time Bisexual Rights Activist. For 13 years she was the companion of the late John M. Ford until his death in September 2006.[2] She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is a member of the First Universalist Church there.

Matthesen is an anorexia nervosa survivor[3] as well as a speaker, facilitator, and activist on issues of body acceptance, bisexuality,[4][5][6] polyamory,[7] and issues of self-esteem.

She was one of the original contributor to the groundbreaking 1991 bisexual anthology Bi Any Other Name,[8] has written for local GLBT magazine Lavender, and is an active member of Science fiction fandom.

In 2009 Matthesen was nominated for a World Fantasy Award Special Award - Non-Professional "for setting out to inspire and for serving as inspiration for works of poetry, fantasy, and SF over the last decade through her jewelry-making and her 'artist's challenges'".[9]


  1. ^ Twin Cities GLBT Oral History Project; Kevin P. Murphy; Jennifer L. Pierce; Larry Knopp (2010). Queer Twin Cities. Univ Of Minnesota Press. ISBN 978-0-8166-5320-1. 
  2. ^ Clute, John. "Obituary: John M. Ford: Science-fiction writer and poet", The Independent 30 September 2006
  3. ^ Matthesen, Elise "Anorexia" in Women en Large: Images of Fat Nudes (Laurie Toby Edison & Debbie Notkin); Books in Focus, 1994
  4. ^ Matthesen, Elise "Female-to-Elf?" Keynote speech BECAUSE Conference April 2000 St Paul Minnesota
  5. ^ Matthesen, Elise "What's So Funny About Bisexual Separatism?" Keynote speech, International Conference on Bisexuality, June 1994, New York City
  6. ^ Matthesen, Elise "Keynote Speakers" 2016 BECAUSE Conference April 2016 Minneapolis, Minnesota
  7. ^ Matthesen, Elis "Faithful Polyamory", a Unitarian Universalist sermon" presented at First Universalist Church of Minneapolis, as part of the Gay Pride Sunday Service June 18, 2000
  8. ^ Lani Ka'ahumanu. "25th Anniversary Edition of Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out". Retrieved April 4, 2016. 
  9. ^ 2009 World Fantasy Awards Archived October 27, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.

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