I am an American author who earned my MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia in England. In 2013, I was a Lambda Literary Fellow.
Since graduate school I have taught pre-college and college level writing at a local community college. I enjoy helping people who struggle with writing realize they can write.
All the while I have been working on my own writing. I’ve published in a motley assortment of magazines and sites, including The Copperfield Review, Cactus Heart, and |tap|. You can find a list of my published work by going to Publications.
I write about home, and hearth. About the intimate moments between lovers. About the way queer folk go about building our families when we’ve been disowned or found ourselves alone in this great wide world. About how complex gender, sex, and sexuality are. And about what happens after someone survives trauma.
Q & A
Why do you write about sex so much?
I write about sex because it is important. It is a consuming part of American culture and our understanding of ourselves. Even if you’re asexual, you cannot escape the importance sex has in this culture (maybe especially if you’re asexual).
What we do in bed is not isolated from who we are the rest of the time, either. We like to compartmentalize sex that way. But sex is an intimate and intricate part of who we are no matter what we are doing or where we are.
Are all your main characters LGBTQ+?
Because I myself am queer (trans man, bi/pansexual), I prefer to write and read about other queer people. I want to see myself reflected in stories. I want to read about queer experience. Queer experience — our understandings of gender, sex, and sexuality — is unique. We understand these things in unusual and innovative ways, which should be recognized, honored, and shared.
And, I think there are plenty of stories about straight people out there. Queer people and queer experiences remain vastly under-represented in fiction.
Doesn’t that limit you?
No, not anymore than a person writing straight-only content is limited.
Why do you enjoy writing about trauma?
Trauma, not so much. It is the consequences of trauma — the surviving of trauma — I enjoy writing about. I enjoy the opportunity to tell a survivor’s story, to allow a character to triumph over their trauma in some way. Survivor’s stories are near and dear to me, and I think there are not enough survivor’s stories. We need survivor stories, if only to tell those who have suffered that they too can survive.