Irene McCalphin is a Queer AF writer, performance artist, art model, witch and eater of food in public.
Irene has danced on stages throughout the country with the award winning and internationally traveled troupe Rubenesque Burlesque as Magnoliah Black from 2009 to 2015. As a solo performer her work (often preformed on mainstream stages) continues to reflect body positivity, visibility and self possession beyond the static sizest and often racist Eurocentric beauty myth. Irene was celebrity model for the first annual Queer Fashion Week in 2015 & 2016, Curvy Girl Lingerie and has been photoed for Curve magazine in Bertha Pearl’s Size Queen Fashions.
A former member of Santa Clara County Leather Association since and former Associate Producer of Red Hots Burlesque the country’s longest running queer burlesque & cabaret show Irene has worked to create and maintain space for artists and players of diverse backgrounds and talents.
She is currently a Board Member of good standing and FeMCee of The Body Political and contributing co-founder of A Sovereign Embodiment Healing Collective. As the ASE Collective’s Certified Massage Therapist she focuses on QTPOC, Disabled, Elderly, Fat and Other’ed bodies. Her prices are set support low income community. She offers barter and trade options as well as free monthly massages to community members in need.
She has facilitated and spoken at events such as Baycon, NOLOSE, Fat Activist Conference: Tools for the Revolution , Fatty Affair, Pantheacon, Mystic South andThe Northwest Pagan Conference. She has spoken at several universities including Berkeley, Stanford and San Jose State regarding intersectionality, sex, fat, feminism and health. As a producer and presenter she consciously centers marginalized groups for spotlight appearances at events such as BayCon, Folsom Fringe and the Hubba Hubba Review.
Irene’s most recent published work can be found in “The Politics of Size” co-authored with Juana Tango and edited by Ragen Chastian and her journey documented in interviews in Nia King’s “Queer and Trans Artist of Color”.
Connect to her on social media via facebook, twitter and instagram or follow her at her sorely mismanaged blog theungratefulfatbitch.com. You can also catch her as a feature in the film Fattitude and Getting Naked the Movie.