Jamie Beckenstein

Jamie Beckenstein is an oral historian, dramaturg, tarot reader, and writer based in Queens, NY. They have a BA from Hampshire College in documentary theater dramaturgy. Jamie got their start as an oral historian working in interview-based performance art, specifically concentrating on the embodiment of identities. They’ve been practicing oral history for eight years with projects ranging in scope from five to sixty interviews on topics including but not limited to trans elders’ experiences of rural areas, sex education via mainstream media, and straight men’s condom use. They have extensive knowledge of the early HIV/AIDS epidemic in New York, television history, sex education, manned space travel, and piracy. Jamie also reads tarot cards professionally and writes creative non-fiction.