at SWAF in Tucson

The Sex Worker Arts Festival had panels, parties, and a robust line-up of films, including the fantastic documentary “The Celluloid Bordello” by Juliana Piccilo and the short “Sugar” by Alyssa Brayboy. I was the Emcee and one of the readers in the Festival’s Literary program, called THE CLITERATI. We heard from four readers, and the… Continue reading at SWAF in Tucson

BONDS & BOUNDARIES for pre-order

“Dale Corvino gives us visceral access to his characters’ brains. Each of these pieces delivers something whole. You can tell he’s been around, and you’re bowled over by the humanity that has grown from it.” —Bruce Benderson, Author of The Romanian                   My debut collection of short stories is now… Continue reading BONDS & BOUNDARIES for pre-order

Interview: Alex Cheves for Lambda Lit

DC:  In the chapter “Backroom” you describe reciting W.S. Merwin’s “For a Coming Extinction” to two lovers. In the poem, Merwin says to the whale, “We who follow you invented forgiveness / And forgive nothing” (5-6). So given your upbringing and its challenges, where are you on forgiveness?  AC: That’s a beautiful segue. It’s a… Continue reading Interview: Alex Cheves for Lambda Lit

“Do what you love…” and other canards.

Catapult is a platform founded in 2015 by Elizabeth Koch, with the mission of publishing “stories that celebrate life…Stories that reveal all the layers—the sinews and hairy knuckles, the iron and meat of history and influence…stories that land us squarely, concretely, in someone else’s shoes.” My first essay for the platform was a chance to… Continue reading “Do what you love…” and other canards.

Red Umbrella Statement on SESTA/FOSTA

(Upon the passage of the law, I was asked by the Red Umbrella Project to draft an organizational statement.) In the current thrall, it’s a challenge to keep track of every erosion of our rights and protections being pursued, with mixed success, by the reactionaries holding our politics hostage. You may have missed that two… Continue reading Red Umbrella Statement on SESTA/FOSTA