|Most recent and forthcoming publications:
|MAKE, Issue #15 "In the Pit" coming
soon in Summer 2014
|Hypertext's new release features "Just
Down Route 30" -- available now.
|Briefly Knocked Unconscious by a
Low Flying Duck includes "Why I Hate
Strawberries" with other 2nd
Story favorites, edited by Megan
Stielstra -- available now
|I believe one of the aims of art is to disturb, to stop people in their
grooves long enough to laugh or get pissed or try on another point of view. I am drawn to the
wisdom of the outsider character, who has an idea of what the standard rules are, but who
chooses to take them with a salt lick.
|I'm interested in riding the line between the sacred and the profane, in erasing the artifice of
mindspiritbody division. Much of my writing offers sex, some in a distinctly non-erotic way,
because sex is rarely "just sex"--it is frequently about power, longing, comfort, relationship.
While I recognize a broad spectrum of sexualities and relationships, the comparison/contrast of
conscious sadomasochism (among leatherfolk, for instance) with the psychotic subconscious
roles played out by so-called "normal" people is of great fascination to me in particular.
|When I entered the Chicago Eagle (a leather bar) in the mid-1990s, it was a kind of
homecoming--a quarter of the world that made sense to me in a way that Methodist church
and Catholic high school and dysfunctional family never did. The notion of consent pervaded
everything and I became interested in what we consent to on a daily basis, without ever
realizing there are alternatives.
|Boo! 2nd Story
"Beloved Son" and
Deb's "Believing in
Magick" with the
Totten as your host.
|I grew up in the river valleys of Illinois, and now live in Chicago
with the love of my life, a sweet and intense eleven-year old, and
three cats. I earned a B.A. in English Rhetoric at the University of
Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing
at Columbia College Chicago. My novel, Hades' Son (formerly
titled These Mundane Freaks), was a Top-Three finalist in the
2008 Project: Queer Lit competition (excerpts appear in past
issues of Blithe House Quarterly, VelvetMafia , and Hair Trigger).
My novella, Asylum 9-1-1, was a semi-finalist in the William
Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition and I've
also been a top-ten finalist in the Many Mountains Moving Flash
|My poetry, articles, and essays
have appeared in The Windy
City Times Pride Literary
Sandmutopia Guardian, and
the Third Side Press anthology,
|I am a Certified Story
Workshop(R) Director and
Columbia College. (View
CV.) I'm delighted to be a
2nd Story company
member, and a teaching
artist with the Goodman
program , where I work
with rainbow of seniors
whose stories are pure
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