On Becoming the Only Queer in the Family

“It hurt. It hurt like hell. But it didn’t matter, if no one knew.” — Nella Larsen, Passing

On Becoming Me (An Intro)

“The spotted hawk swoops by and accuses me, he complains of my gab and my loitering. I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable,I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.” –Walt Whitman, Song of Myself, 52 I already know I’ll regret setting all down in writing, attached toContinue reading “On Becoming Me (An Intro)”

“Dressing Yourself” as Method: Meditations on Queer Daughterhood

This essay was originally composed in May 2019 for Professor Lisa Diedrich’s Feminist Interdisciplinary Histories and Methods course at Stony Brook University. The essay appears in its original form. “Definitely, too,” Nella Larsen writes in her 1928 novella Quicksand, “it conveyed to Helga her exact status in her new environment. A decoration. A curio. AContinue reading ““Dressing Yourself” as Method: Meditations on Queer Daughterhood”

DEATH RATTLE: Chapter 1

Dear readers and friends, Today is a big day! Please join me in celebrating the publication of DEATH RATTLE: Chapter 1 in The Writing Disorder, an online literary journal! This excerpt is especially important to me because it is the oldest section of my novel–it pays tribute to the short story that DEATH RATTLE wasContinue reading “DEATH RATTLE: Chapter 1”

Death Rattle

Funeral director Neil Aldridge is used to grief, but he stumbles when his wife, Anna, loses not only several pregnancies but her lust for life. The Aldridges work around the clock to abate the crushing costs of their mortgage, student loans, and fertility treatments. When they decide to pause their journey to parenthood, Neil believesContinue reading “Death Rattle”

Double Publication Alert: Novel Excerpt & Literary Autobiography

Celebrate with me! My first Death Rattle excerpt was published today! This passage explores the protagonist’s difficulty with maintaining a relationship with his father under the constraints of working class life and the American Dream. Read “Neil Aldridge, Sr.” here. The literary magazine has also published my literary autobiography, “Escapes,” which you can read here.Continue reading “Double Publication Alert: Novel Excerpt & Literary Autobiography”

Upcoming Publication: The Writing Disorder

I’m pleased to announce that The Writing Disorder, an online literary journal, will be publishing the first chapter of my first novel, Death Rattle, in late September, 2020! I cannot wait for you all to read it! Thank you all for your overwhelming support and kindness. Click here to read Chapter 1 now. View all ofContinue reading “Upcoming Publication: The Writing Disorder”

“A Body Bag Will Do”: The Misogyny of Lovelife’s “Your New Beloved”

“We aren’t platinum selling artists yet, so a hot girl in a body bag will do.” – Lee Newell, lead singer of Lovelife, to MTV (2013) Yes, you read that correctly. Spotify introduced me to this wonderful synth-pop band under a week ago with this track. I instantly gravitated toward the deep electronic waves – aContinue reading ““A Body Bag Will Do”: The Misogyny of Lovelife’s “Your New Beloved””

Spike Jonze’s “Her”: Critiquing America’s Love Affair with Hollywood

  The world’s love affair with celebrities has gotten out of hand. I’ll admit that I’m a part of this massive head-over-heels, obsessive group of individuals (ranging from 12 to mid-fifties and beyond) that craves a three-hour block on Tumblr (or Reddit, or Buzzfeed), to scroll through images, GIFs, Avengers fan fiction, and even interviewsContinue reading “Spike Jonze’s “Her”: Critiquing America’s Love Affair with Hollywood”

All Publications

DEATH RATTLE: Chapter 1 (DEATH RATTLE excerpt) The Writing Disorder September 22, 2020 Read here. “NEIL ALDRIDGE, SR.” (DEATH RATTLE excerpt) Litbreak Magazine June 22, 2020 Read here. “ESCAPES: A Literary Autobiography” (nonfiction) Litbreak Magazine June 22, 2020 Read here.

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