I am a writer, queer historian, and speaker in New York City. I mostly cover queer culture, art, and politics, but I also do everything from Rube Goldberg machines, to non-linear non-fiction, to the literary origin of zombies in America. Recently, I became the resident historian at them, the new Conde Nast LGBTQ publication, where I write a column called "Themstory" every two weeks. If you enjoy my work, please consider becoming a supporter on Patreon, where you can get access to early drafts and behind-the-scenes stories from my deep dives into archives across America.
A few favorite recent pieces include The Three Lives of Malvina Schwartz (a look at one of the most famous NYC drag kings of the 1940s and '50s), My Year of Sarah Schulman (a deep dive into everything Schulman ever wrote), and Power to the People (a profile of activist and artist Marsha P. Johnson).
I was the recipient of the 2015-2016 Martin Duberman Fellowship at the New York Public Library, to further my research on the queer history of Brooklyn, and in 2017, I received a New York Foundation for the Arts grant in Nonfiction Literature for that work. This year, I was a resident artist at The Watermill Center finishing up my book, When Brooklyn Was Queer, due out with St. Martin's Press in March of 2019. I was also an alumni teaching fellow at the Bennington Writing Seminars, of which I'm a very proud graduate.
I'm delighted to be represented by Robert Guinsler at Sterling Lord Literistic.
In 2010, I founded the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History, a grassroots organization dedicated to helping local communities create engaging exhibitions rooted in their own experience. Through Pop-Up, I’ve curated shows around the country and had the opportunity to give lectures and lead workshops on queer history, AIDS activism, and museum praxis at museums, colleges, community centers, and punk houses of all kinds. The proudest moment of my life might be the day that George Chauncey told me, “You’re making history cool.”
I’m also a development associate with the Urban Justice Center, a consultant for MIX NYC (New York City’s queer experimental film festival), an Advisory Board member of the academic journal QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking and of the Museum of Transgender Hirstory and Art, and a proud alumnus of Team Awesome / The Rude Mechanical Orchestra. In previous lives, I ghostwrote twelve young adult and middle grade novels, worked with queer youth at The Hetrick Martin Institute, was a professional house-sitter, volunteered on a rape crisis hotline, and typed emails for lawyers late, late at night.