Khalil West


Khalil West (born 1981, Jersey City, NJ) is an oral historian, former sex worker and cultural activist based in Liverpool, UK (2006-present).

A graduate of the world’s first MA in Queer History, his research interests include erotic histories of space, sex work and performativity, and collaborative memory work.

In 2009, he co-founded Chew Disco, a five-year-long programme of club nights, house parties, film screenings and gallery takeovers which hosted artists and collectives such as Ms Vaginal Davis, CHERYL, Mykki Blanco, Trash Kit, Golden Teacher, and Cakes Da Killa.

As an independent curator he has worked with Liverpool’s Homotopia Festival, Abandon Normal Devices, Islington Mill, and FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology).

His video and collage works have been shown in galleries and festivals in New York, Toronto, Reykjavik, Liverpool, London and Manchester.

His writing has appeared in Homoculture, Stand, Other Poetry, and Attitude Magazine.