about

Markus ‘Star’ Harwood-Jones is a white, queer, mad, trans, space-case and day-dreamer, living in Tkaronto.
A summary of his projects and past experience is available online.

As an author, illustrator, and film-maker, Star focuses on themes of love, justice, and community. His main artistic works include the all-trans documentary Mosaic, the Confessions of a Teenage Transsexual Whore zine series, and the collection of short stories known as Everything & All At Once. Most recently, Markus has released two young adult novels: Just Julian and Romeo for Real, with support from Lorimer publishing.

Markus also works as a public speaker and workshop facilitator, specializing on the topics of gender, sexuality, creative writing, community research, zine making, and performance. In addition, Star sells original art and associated merchandise at craft fairs and the Starkiss Creations storefront.

Markus holds a BA in Sociology from Ryerson University, where he also was the co-founder of the RU Trans Collective. Markus/Star also holds an MA in Gender Studies from Queen’s University where he was under the supervision of Dr. Scott Morgensen.