As a teenager growing up in rural Wisconsin, I worked on a local produce farm. My farmer-employer’s statement that I would be “pickin’ plantin’ and plowin’ pickles and eating green pole beans right off the stalk” for the rest of my life inspired me to depart the Midwest and make my way to NYC to live my dream of being a writer.
A freelance writer and activist based in Brooklyn, New York, my writing has been anthologized in the classic anthology, That's Revolting: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation and included in the Lambda-Literary Award-nominated anthology, Here Come the Brides: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage. I have read and curated installments of the NYC-based LBGT storytelling series, Queer Memoir, was the featured creative non-fiction judge for Iris Brown Lit Magazine’s debut issue, have published autobiographical pieces on LES Downtown and Thought Catalog, and was a contributing editor at Curve Magazine for seven years.
I publish features about music, travel, books, theater, film, and culture and am currently conducting research for my second book, an appreciation of illustrator Ken Rinciari
My memoir, Beautiful Wreck: Sex, Lies & Suicide, was published in September 2012. You can read more about this project by clicking on the link below: