I am an exoskeleton of teenage nothingness waiting to shed my skin like one of those annoying cicadas. I wish I could hide up in the tree and my girl-skin would just fall off so I could emerge as a guy...Bugs have it so easy and they don't even know it.

Meet Trina Sotira

Trina Sotira's e-book In Her Skin has made international reading lists for books on transgender teens. She teaches Creative Writing and Composition courses at College of DuPage. With Michelle Duster, Sotira edited and contributed to Shifts: An Anthology of Women's Growth Through Change, released by MuseWrite Press in 2015.

-Excerpt from Trina Sotira's In Her Skin.