John Q is an idea collective whose name references “John Q. Public.”

The “public” is left understood, though the work is considered a kind of public scholarship, and the “Q” is left hanging to reference the group’s interest in queer memory and politics. The collective consists of Wesley Chenault, Andy Ditzler and Joey Orr.


We are pleased to announce the written version of our performative essay, The Campaign for Atlanta: an essay on queer migration, in the academic journal, QED. The essay can be accessed here: John Q Campaign for Atlanta QED.

On Saturday, July 26, 2014, our new work, Take Me With You, opens at the Zuckerman Museum of Art at Kennesaw State University as part of an exhibition of solo projects called Hearsay. The museum is also publishing, John Q: Projects 2009-2014, a comprehensive catalogue of our projects with commissioned essays from scholars Jonathan D. Katz and Shawn Michelle Smith.

Photo by Jill Frank, courtesy of the GLBT Historical Society.

Photo by Jill Frank, courtesy of the GLBT Historical Society.

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John Q in Creative Loafing’s Best of Atlanta 2013

Our interview with the National Council on Public History

National Endowment for the Arts Southern Constellations Fellowship/ Elsewhere

Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue (NY)

Allan Bérubé prize Honorable Mention/ American Historical Association

The JOSH (Journal of Sexual Homos)/ Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection

contact us at JohnQcollective[at]gmail[dot]com

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