Transcendence Book Presales

It’s finally almost here! After five years of working on Transcendence: Queer Restoryation, presales are now available on Kickstarter, alongside other wonderful perks. There are postcards, prints, posters, and ways to donate books to LGBTQ+ libraries. Please consider helping this project get out into the world!


Transcendence: Queer Restoryation brings readers a nuanced look into intersections of gender, queerness, spirituality, nature, and mythology. This book weaves together visual and written stories to form worlds that transcend distinctions of gender, time, and place.

In a society that tries to erase the presence of LGBTQIA+ folks, it is even more vital that we tell our stories, whether these are the everyday realities of our lives, or mythic tales of realities deeper than ordinary truths. The powerful act of queer restoryation creates new queer stories and myths, ones that empower, inspire, and heal. 

Through 38 self-portrait photographs and 6 mythic stories, Transcendence explores many paths and stories of creation, of rebirth, of journey. In the spirit of myths — not false stories, but ever-relevant ones — this series creates not just a body, but a figure of transcendence.


Cai Quirk is a trans and genderqueer photographer who focuses on the intersection of gender diversity throughout history, its erasure, and contemporary reclamation and restoryation. Their self-portrait series ‘Transcendence,’ engages specifically with connections between gender, mythology, and nature-based spirituality, and will be published with Skylark Editions this winter. Presales for Transcendence begin Friday 8/12.Recent talks include ‘Myths of Gender,’ ‘The Power of Restoryation,’ and ‘Gender Diversity and Spirituality,’ given in conferences across Northeast America. They received bachelor’s degrees in music and photography from Indiana University.