I am a journalist, curator, and speaker in New York City. I write for folks like The New York Times, The Guardian, The Daily Beast, VICE, and Slate, and other places. I mostly cover queer culture, art, and politics, but also Rube Goldberg machines, racism on reality television, the renaissance of Shirley Jackson, non-linear non-fiction, and the literary origin of zombies in America.
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 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. I have an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the Bennington Writing Seminars.
Lectures & Workshops
I’ve given lectures and taught workshops on queer history, AIDS activism, and museum praxis. Invite me to speak!