“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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Gay Sexual Outlaw essay in Daily Xtra

I answered a call for “essays about the moments you saw yourself in pop culture” from Toronto’s Daily Xtra and my essay was accepted. It’s a tribute to Debbie Harry, and a diss on the film it served as theme. it chronicles the effects of hearing Blondie’s genre-crashing track “Call Me” on me at 16.… Continue reading Gay Sexual Outlaw essay in Daily Xtra

“Yasss Child” in A+U Magazine

“Yasss Child“, a remembrance of one of my oldest friends–one of the earliest AIDS diagnoses in NYC–won First Honorable Mention from the 2018 Christopher Hewitt Award for Creative Nonfiction: The first time he stepped through my door, I thought Nico’s flamboyance was weakness, but I’ve come to see it as emblematic of his bravery.

“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 👸🏽

“One Nation” in OutWrite Festival Journal

My short story “One Nation” was published in OutWrite‘s rowdy collection of stories, interviews,  poems, and spells. A young man with a tambourine shows up  for the 2010 rally and figures out the best way he can serve the cause of social justice. #OutWrite2018 “Dangit! I missed the bus,” I awaken with a jolt the… Continue reading “One Nation” in OutWrite Festival Journal

“Love Tap” in Queer Sci-Fi Antho 🌈 out today! 🌈

My first foray into sci-fi appears in  Impact, Queer Sci Fi’s fifth annual themed flash anthology. In “Love Tap”, a weary pilot has a run-in with a smug Genético bred for dimensional travel. “Sorry about that docking business, humano. Still a little groggy from subspace hibernation mode…” He stretched, threw back his shot, and roared. “Can… Continue reading “Love Tap” in Queer Sci-Fi Antho 🌈 out today! 🌈

“Miss Bensonhurst” in Ovunque Siamo

Ovunque Siamo is a journal of new Italian-American writing. The title–translation Wherever We Are–is apt for our assimilated and diffuse ethnic body. “Miss Bensonhurst”  is a fictional account of my grandmother’s friendship with Marilyn Monroe. The story was first presented in nonfiction form in 2013 in Salon. She and the girls are enveloped in the warm… Continue reading “Miss Bensonhurst” in Ovunque Siamo

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#Queer v. 2 now with Raunch…

Today’s the release of  Volume 2 of the Anthology Hashtag Queer. My short story  “Raunch Daddy” appears . Purchase print and kindle editions at the link. Loosely based on sex work experiences, the character “Dean”  is based on the late Dean Johnson.  “I think I’m in love with Benito,” Nick confessed over a beer. “Who’s Benito?” asked Dean.… Continue reading #Queer v. 2 now with Raunch…

Twofer! “Miss Bensonhurst” in Ovunque Siamo; “Raunch Daddy” in Hashtag Queer

Two short stories placed within a few days of each other and they couldn’t be more different. “Miss Bensonhurst,” a fictional account  of my grandmother’s real-life friendship with Marilyn Monroe, will appear in Ovunque Siamo‘s July issue. OS (“Wherever we are”) is a journal of Italian-American writing so it’s a great fit for this story of… Continue reading Twofer! “Miss Bensonhurst” in Ovunque Siamo; “Raunch Daddy” in Hashtag Queer

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Off the Rocks Reading in Boystown

NewTown Writers  hosted this reading at the Center on Addison.  Bringing New York in the 80’s flavor to Chicago: He’d been crossing through the Ramble by night for years, as Smart lived on the East Side and he lived on the West. He navigated its paths by moonlight, nodding to a few familiar huddles of… Continue reading Off the Rocks Reading in Boystown