I grew up in the precarious part of New Jersey in which passersby hold their noses, caught in a squall of gambling, tiny baggies, and motel rooms. After a few natural and self-made disasters, I moved to Portland and enrolled in college at 29, ultimately graduating with an MFA in Creative Writing from Portland State University in 2016. Before graduating, I won the Tom Doulis Fiction Writing Award for my short story “Waterlines,” which was later published in Joyland Magazine.
I write fiction from transitional moments in my life, spurred by the emotions that follow uncomfortable or traumatic events. Narrative strands then branch outward, brambly and disordered like emotions themselves. I write the length of these branches until finding their ends, and then I weave them together to build a story. I consider my work experimental, and, at times, absurd.
In my fiction, I am hyper-conscious of sound—particularly the rhythm of the sentence. I love to mess with language texture and shape, employing elements of repetition both to time-keep and drive momentum. Themes present in my work include queerness, class, obsession, bodies at war, and displacement. Sex is alive in all of my stories, but not always in a sexy way.
My words appear in Joyland, Tin House Open Bar, Words Apart, Black Heart, Personal Best, and the anthology Without a Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class. I work as a copyeditor and pet-sitter in Portland, OR.