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&quot with other 2nd
Story favorites, edited by Megan
Stielstra -- available now
Literary Events
Reading Resources
Writing Resources
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.
Listen in:
Boo! 2nd Story
Spook-cast, featuring
Liz Gottman's
"Beloved Son" and
Deb's "Believing in
Magick" with the
spook-tacular Ozzie
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
Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition and I've
also been a top-ten finalist in the
Many Mountains Moving Flash
Fiction Contest.
My poetry, articles, and essays
have appeared in The Windy
City Times Pride Literary
Sandmutopia Guardian, and
the Third Side Press anthology,
The Woman-Centered
I am a Certified Story
Workshop(R) Director and
a former
Artist-in-Residence at
Columbia College. (
.) I'm delighted to be a
2nd Story company
member, and a teaching
artist with the
Theatre's GeNarrations
, where I work
with rainbow of seniors
whose stories are pure
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