In my writing I explore the performance of gender, sexuality, and social roles; queerness; the gray space of the "other"; passing; and the strange experience of inhabiting a human body.
My debut novel THE BEST BAD THINGS is now available from MCD/Farrar, Straus and Giroux. THE BEST BAD THINGS is a 2019 Washington State Book Award finalist and a 2019 Lambda Literary Awards finalist, and winner of the 2019 Shamus Award for Best First Novel.
My short fiction has found homes at Witness Magazine, Post Road Magazine, 7x7, Quaint Magazine, and other journals. My nonfiction can be found at CrimeReads, Autostraddle, and Literary Hub.
I have received support from The Corporation of Yaddo, I-Park Foundation, Inc., Blue Mountain Center, Jentel, Willapa Bay AiR, Mineral School, Lighthouse Works, Artist Trust, The Whiting Foundation, and The Tom and Phyllis Burnam Graduate Scholarship. I completed my MFA in Fiction in June 2015.
Some books I've enjoyed reading (or re-reading) recently are THE IDIOT (Batuman), FUN HOME (Bechdel), DISORIENTAL (Djavadi), SHIP IT (Lundin), WOLF HALL (Mantel), THE SONG OF ACHILLES (Miller), MCGLUE (Moshfegh), The Aubrey & Maturin Novels (O'Brian), HOW TO BE BOTH (Smith), TIPPING THE VELVET (Waters), and THE PASSION (Winterson).
I am represented by Stacia Decker at Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency.