Betsy Johnson (1993; Orlando, FL) is a maker of texts, performances, videos, and (sometimes) objects. The pleasures and agonies of existing as/creating a queer body slide over, through, towards, and away from each other, generating the frictions and tensions at the center of Betsy's practice. Recent work responds to the sensations of certain doom circulating within the progressive Left. Proposing speculative world-making, listening, poetry-writing, and empathy as urgent political strategies, this work poses questions about the validity of optimism and hope as forms of resistance. Betsy is currently developing a treatise on elision.