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 pole beans right off the stalk” for the rest of my life inspired me to leave the Midwest and make my way to New York City to live my dream of being a writer.
I became a freelance writer in NYC, and some of my work has been anthologized in the classic queer anthology "That's Revolting: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation”, the Lambda Literary Award-nominated anthology, "Here Come the Brides: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage", and "Easy to Love, But Hard to Live With: Real People, Invisible Disabilities, True Stories.” My journalism has been featured in The Guardian, Brooklyn Magazine, Lambda Literary Review, Curve Magazine, Healthline, The Brooklyn Paper, and many other outlets. I have also told stories at, and curated installments of, the LGBT storytelling series Queer Memoir.
HEADCASE: LGBTQ Writers and Artists on Mental Health and Wellness, the anthology I co-edited, will be released by Oxford University Press in February 2019. My memoir, Beautiful Wreck: Sex, Lies & Suicide, was published in 2012 by Creative Evolution Press.
I am currently working on a co-written volume on suicide prevention and postvention in LGBTQ communities as well as an appreciation of illustrator Ken Rinciari.