Interview w Kyle Carrero Lopez for Lambda Lit

I sat down with Kyle Carrero Lopez, a poet whose work “centers power, social life, and Afro-Cuban histories,” to discuss the writing process and prevalent themes of my short story collection. Check out his chapbook Muscle Memory (cover art below). I love this couplet which ends his poem “Untitled (Havana, 2000)”: a man who thinks… Continue reading Interview w Kyle Carrero Lopez for Lambda Lit

LAST CALL doc

Back in 2019, writer Elon Green contacted me about his book “Last Call,” about the murders of four gay men in Manhattan in the early 90s at the hands of a nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital. I provided some background on the bar and hustling scenes of the time. His book is the basis of… Continue reading LAST CALL doc

Lambda Lit Fellows Reading at NYC’s LGBT Center

Lambda Literary 2021 Emerging Fellows–Poets, Fiction, and Nonfiction writers–gathered in person and virtually to read their works in progress at the LGBT Center. The event was funded by NYC City Arts Corps, a grant program which “supports artists who live and work in NYC, while giving New Yorkers opportunities to experience cultural programming across the… Continue reading Lambda Lit Fellows Reading at NYC’s LGBT Center

Queer Slam Podcast

I appear on episode 33 of the Queer Slam Podcast along with LA-based writer Molly Thornton, who read a touching poetic tribute to queer LA. A memorable line: “the half-naked sparkle princes would gallop out of the lot and around the corner towards us/’You’re almost there, keep going!’ we would tell them….” I read excepts… Continue reading Queer Slam Podcast

10/10 Launch at SculptureCenter

(I really had to compete with the horns in the final moments…) For the launch event of Matt Keegan: 1996, contributors gathered at SculptureCenter in Long Island City in a distanced manner in their outdoor courtyard. The event also had a remote audience via Zoom.Thanks to Matt Keegan, New York Consolidated, Inventory Press, SculptureCenter, and… Continue reading 10/10 Launch at SculptureCenter

“You’ve Got Male” in 1996

“You’ve Got Male” is a reflection on my earliest interactions with the internet (dating back to 1996), and chronicles the rise and demise of our online sexual freedom, from the wild frontier of the Naughts to the passage of SESTA/FOSTA, legislation that encodes a moral panic about trafficking innocents (innocence?). It appears in the visual… Continue reading “You’ve Got Male” in 1996

“The Year Ahead 2019” in DC’s MetroWeekly

Washington DC’s long-running LGBTQ publication and website asked me to participate in this forum, alongside VA Delegate Danica Rohm, writer Gar McVey-Russell, and Obama WH Alum Shin Inouye. The questions drew out my pessimism, but at least I ended on an up note: We have to detach from the despair we’re feeling about the state of our… Continue reading “The Year Ahead 2019” in DC’s MetroWeekly

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The Velvet Collar Interviews

The creators of Velvet Collar, a comic book series which examines the lives of male sex workers and the impact of the rentboy raid, are sex worker Bryan Knight and queer comic artist Dave Davenport. I interviewed Bryan in person and Dave by email for Tits and Sass. Bryan’s describes his concept: “..all five characters are based… Continue reading The Velvet Collar Interviews

Grindr Reviews

“Even the effects of pheromones can be programmed.” The essay I published in December, “A Project in Written Persuasion”, discusses the impact of GPS-enabled cruising apps on gay culture. I called the new paradigm an efficient, globalized, government-funded ecosystem of desire. These apps grant us superpowers: we see each other through brick walls; we detect prospects with these prosthetic antennae.… Continue reading Grindr Reviews