we can use stories to change systems
I primarily write creative non-fiction essays and talks that weave together my experience, reflections and analysis with what I’ve learned from research, literature and community knowledge. Like much of my work, they straddle the boundaries between the creative and the academic, though you’re more likely to find me sharing a first-person story than writing a journal article. In this way I’m inspired by the idea that we can use stories to change systems and by my lifelong love of reading and writing.
Want to read my essays and talks? You can find examples on my blog.
community formation via anthology
I’ve also edited two anthologies that explore queer and trans identities, lives and experiences - The Remedy: Queer and Trans Voices on Health and Health Care and Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme (co-edited with Ivan Coyote). As Hannah McGregor, Julie Rak and Erin Wunker write in their introduction to the anthology, Refuse: CanLit in Ruins, this kind of editorial work is both community-formation and care work. I see anthologies as a form of dialogue, both among the essays and with each reader, and I’m grateful for my role in bringing these two books into the world. It’s a privilege and a responsibility that I take seriously.
Lambda Literary award winner, best anthology