Reading in quarantena: Bespoke, 4/1

An appearance in this period of distance. I was one of the readers for Bespoke‘s first reading via Zoom. Co-organizers Tim Murphy and Christina Quintana assembled a lovely, diverse, queer group: Christopher CastellaniWo ChanGeorgina EscobarKay GabrielEileen MylesAldrín ValdezCrystal Valentine I read from “Raunch Daddy,” an audience fave. A few words from my intro: Hi from… Continue reading Reading in quarantena: Bespoke, 4/1

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Perfectly Queer in San Francisco

For this reading at San Francisco’s wonderful independent bookstore Dog-Eared Books Castro, I read from an excerpt for “Raunch Daddy”, story 2 of Worker Names. Also on the bill: Denise Conca, author of A Recursive Nature,  Cass Sellers, author of the thriller Finding Sky,  Wayne Goodman, and Rob Rosen. Thanks to Rick May for organizing a… Continue reading Perfectly Queer in San Francisco

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“Rita Dolores” in ImageOutWrite v. 8

  As Max passed between the stanchions he extended his hand to Rita. She strained to elongate her fingers while rotating her wrist, willing her rough hand to appear delicate. She then placed her hand atop his, as if he were about to escort her into a ballroom.   “Aren’t you a tall drink of… Continue reading “Rita Dolores” in ImageOutWrite v. 8

Raunch Daddy on ASMQ Podcast

“Raunch Daddy,” is story #2 from Worker Names, and I read it in its entirety for ASMQ. It’s epistolary in sections, with diary entries and chat room exchanges. Nick’s been kicked out by his lover for being ’emotionally unavailable’ and has lost his job in the recession. He sublets a studio around the corner from… Continue reading Raunch Daddy on ASMQ Podcast

Experiments & Disorders @ Dixon Place, NYC

Writer and activist Elizabeth Koke and I shared the bill for the  9/17 Experiments & Disorders at Dixon Place. Read cuts from the following works-in-progress, and a cut from “Raunch Daddy,” the second story in the Gertrude Press chapbook Worker Names. I Speak for my Difference, a new English translation of the poem Manifesto/Hablo Por Mi Diferencia by Pedro… Continue reading Experiments & Disorders @ Dixon Place, NYC

“I think the state will cleave us…” Bruce Benderson Interview in RFD Mag

Last year, a fellow writer recommended Bruce’s workshop to me.  I was familiar with his name but not his actual work. I started reading after joining the workshop, wondering how could I have missed out? I love the voices of the Times Square queer underworld he chronicles in User. His “erotic autobiography, ” The Romanian, is… Continue reading “I think the state will cleave us…” Bruce Benderson Interview in RFD Mag

Night of the Living Dean @ Bedlam NYC

I was on the bill for this celebration of the life and work of Dean Johnson, in support of an upcoming feature documentary  from Lola Rocknrolla.  I opened the second set by delivering the Living Dean Manifesto, and then reading excerpts from “Raunch Daddy,” the second story in Worker Names. From the manifesto: There was… Continue reading Night of the Living Dean @ Bedlam NYC

Worker Names is a 📖.

My first book, Worker Names, is out. It’s a mini-collection of 3 short stories, See if you can peep the theme: “Worker Name”:  a wary hustler finds himself in a hostage situation with a yuppie on crack and a Bulgarian hipster boy. “Raunch Daddy”: an earnest young hustler meets a Mexican novelist with a nose… Continue reading Worker Names is a 📖.

Gertrude Press announces 2018 Chapbook Contest winners

Gertrude Press publishes three chapbooks a year: poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Their  announcement of 2018’s winners is here.  My entry, a collection of short stories called “Worker Names,” is the fiction winner, and the chapbook is in production. From “Traumatic Book Review: Alive, by Piers Paul Reed”: Warner nudged him awake with a bare foot; he… Continue reading Gertrude Press announces 2018 Chapbook Contest winners

“TBR: AbPPR” a 2018 #SASFEST Semifinalista 👸🏽

“Traumatic Book Review, Alive, by Piers Paul Read“, my submission for the 2018 Saints + Sinners fiction contest, made the semifinalist cut. I read Alive probably too young. I was freaked  out by the fate of the Old Christians rugby team, even while longing for their camaraderie. So I grew up to write a short story… Continue reading “TBR: AbPPR” a 2018 #SASFEST Semifinalista 👸🏽