Lucy Sante, visiting professor of writing and photography. Photo by AnnAnn Puttithanasorn ’24
Lucy Sante—writer, critic, and Bard faculty member—pens an intimate personal essay for Vanity Fair
tracing her journey as a trans woman, from the carefully repressed feelings of her adolescence to finally coming out last year. “Now I am aware that I live, as we all do, in a cloud of unknowing, where certainties break down and categories become liquid,” she writes. “None of us really knows anything except provisionally. Now, as Lou Reed put it, ‘I’m set free/ to find a new illusion.’” Lucy Sante is visiting professor of writing and photography at Bard College. She has been a member of the faculty since 1999.