headshot2 retouchPAIGE SCHILT moved to Texas with a dream of learning to sip whiskey and write serious literary essays in the shade of a wide front porch. Somewhere along the way, she came out as queer, became an activist, and fell in love with a gender-bending musician. Now she writes hilarious and heart-breaking stories about a gay, transgender, rock-n-roll family raising a son in the lone star state. Her memoir was published in 2015 by Transgress Press and was named one of the “Top 10 Indie Memoirs of 2016” by Kirkus Reviews.

She is a frequent speaker and facilitator at conferences, including Gender Odyssey, Creating Change, Outsider Fest, Gemini Ink, Texas Book Festival, and Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Summit.

In 2017, Schilt became a fellow with The Op-Ed Project. Her opinion writing has appeared in The Hill, Ms. Magazine, Austin-American Statesman, and the San Antonio Express-News.

Paige is married to Katy Koonce, frontman for the band Butch County. They live in Austin, Texas, with their son.