I am a writer who explores the difference between desire and longing to make sense of queer identity and the American state of violence and whiteness.
Stories from my yet to be published short story collection WE HAD NO RULES have been published in Story Quarterly, Calyx, Vol 1 Brooklyn, Moss, The Bellingham Review, Southern Humanities Review, and Wildness from Platypus Press. The collection and the right publisher are eager to find one another. Additional stories and essays have appeared in Literary Hub, Vol 1 Brooklyn, Drunken Boat, The Oxford American, The Nervous Breakdown, Arts & Letters, and Shadow Map: An anthology of Survivors of Sexual Assault (CCM Press). The essay “The Language of Kudzu” was recognized as a notable essay in Best American Essay 2016. I'm at work on a novel called Potential Monsters about mass violence and a novel Dirty Joke about familial sexual abuse and immigration.
In 2018 I was a writer and cast member of Propaganda for The Self, a stage performance directed by Eli Steffen. I've received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony (2015, 2017), 4 Culture, Artist Trust, Jack Straw Media Gallery, and The Hub City Writer's Project.
As a community member my focus has been on visibility of underrepresented writers and the necessity to reimagine and recreate the publishing process. The James Franco Review was an experiment in this.
I co-curated the prose radio hybrid The Furnace Reading Series at Hollow Earth Radio in Seattle for four years with Anca Szilagyi.
I grew up in Neptune, NJ where skee ball means winning tickets and saving them for a VCR or at least a spider ring. I work around Seattle as a teaching artist but mostly wear wigs while chopping wood on a farm near by. I find myself through photo shoots. Yes, I want to collaborate with you.