Monday, May 16, 2022

New Memoir at Split Lip Magazine!

I don't write about myself often, because I think my life is boring (and my imagination so much more fertile). Now my immediate family except for my brother has passed on, however, I often think about how to preserve my family, my memories, to a world that will be largely indifferent to them when I also pass. This has meant being braver and trying to write about myself, even as I've closed the door to most things that happened before I went away to college and became, in my mind, my own person, the one who I wanted to be. 

This memoir piece, "Stations of the Working-Class Pubescent Cross," is one of those attempts. Thanks to Krys Malcolm Belc and everyone at Split Lip Magazine for giving it love and attention: 

"While we wait in the vestibule out front, that glass purgatory, we shift our weight, gripping our secondhand bowling balls and bags, and wonder how we know we’re going somewhere."

To read more, go here:

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Review of You'll Be Fine at Independent Book Review!

Thank you, Independent Book Review and reviewer Alexandra Barbush for this thoughtful and nuanced review of You'll Be Fine

"Overall, it’s amusing and heartwarming, and while the characters might be on-the-nose failures, their redeeming qualities shine bright and loud. The reader leaves the novel loving them all and genuinely wishing the best for them."

To read the full review, go here:

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

An Ode to Independent Bookstores

Barnes & Noble had a big sale on hardcover books this week: 50% off! Sounds great, but of course stores like B&N can afford to shoulder the loss. Independent bookstores, can't be so generous with their prices, but their owners and employees are rich in knowledge of local writers, of genres and subgenres, and, well, it's not just a job to them. It's a lifestyle, a career. A passion. Wouldn't you rather get a book rec from a place where people live and breathe books than a place that also sells records, puzzles, toys, coffee, and, well, you name it--B&N will sell you anything if they can. Even a shoe horn, probably.  

Independent bookstore recommendations introduced me to so many great independent presses and authors through my work as a reading series host at Bird in Hand in Baltimore. They are also a great place to meet other writers, join book and writing groups, and forge connections. And, as a writer, they're open to hosting readings.

Anyway, one of my New Year's resolutions is to continue to support independent bookstores, and I hope you do, too. I'm so grateful to the indies that carry or will order You'll Be Fine, and I'm giving a brief shout-out to some of them here. If you've been meaning to get a copy of You'll Be Fine, definitely consider ordering from one of these great indies!

Mysterious Galaxy, San Diego, California

Elm Street Books, New Canaan, Connecticut

Kizzy's Books and More, Winter Garden, Florida

Virginia Highland Books, Atlanta, Georgia

Prairie Lights Books, Iowa City, Iowa

Book People, Sioux City, Iowa

Carmichael's Bookstores, Kentucky

Atomic Books, Baltimore, Maryland

The Ivy Bookshop, Baltimore, Maryland

The Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, Massachusetts

BookHampton, East Hampton, New York

McNally Jackson, New York

Powells Bookstore, Portland, Oregon

One More Page Books, Arlington, Virginia

A Room of One's Own, Madison, Wisconsin

Thursday, December 23, 2021

You'll Be Fine is one of the "Best Books We Read This Year" by Independent Book Review!

Excited that You'll Be Fine was chosen as one of the "Best Books We Read This Year" by Independent Book Review!

"It shows trans and queer people for exactly who they are–people, with the same desires as everyone else: acceptance, understanding, compassion."


To discover all the winners and buy their books, go here.

Monday, November 1, 2021

Interview in Coil Magazine

Excited to be interviewed in Coil Magazine by writer Gwen Goodkin about my latest novel, You'll Be Fine

"[Being a writer is] like being the catcher in the rye to a world of sometimes very poorly adjusted people who radiate tension like Chernobyl and you have to dismantle them to avoid meltdown. Other people, I guess, play Sims." 

To read more, go here.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Appearance on "On the Record with Sheila Kast," WYPR 88.1 Baltimore


I had the pleasure of talking with Sheila Kast on WYPR's "On the Record" this morning about my latest novel, You'll Be Fine, in conjunction with my reading with Jim Magruder next week at the Enoch Pratt Free Library If you missed the live broadcast this morning, you can stream it here.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Appearance on Books Are My People Podcast

I was excited to talk w/Jennifer Caloyeras on the Books Are My People podcast about my new novel You'll Be Fine and how I completely regress when I go home to visit family. We also talked about wildfires and book recs, and I'm pretty sure I mentioned Martina Navratilova in there somewhere. 

You can stream the episode at Audible here.