Taylor County Arts Council Event – Friday, March 17th

Feb. 1, 2017 by

Can’t wait to hit the road again this spring, including a fun stop in Grafton, WV. Check out this nice poster they made for the event! The event is at

New Essay Up at English Kills Review

Dec. 8, 2016 by

This one was very dear to my heart. Thanks in advance for reading. My Appalachia: Coming Home in a Changing America

Librarians Love The Rope Swing!

Sep. 3, 2016 by

The Rope Swing has been getting a lot of buzz from librarians across the US. See three recent recommendations from librarians in San Diego, Oakland, and Barrington (RI).

On Street Harassment

Aug. 17, 2016 by

*Warning: Raw post about street harassment. Thanks for letting me vent.   Earlier this week: I’m crossing the street in Brooklyn, a block from my apartment, with my husband. We’re

New Essay Up at Huffington Post re: Orlando Tragedy

Jun. 16, 2016 by

A piece I wrote that took every bit of my heart. My take on the horrible Orlando massacre: “The Family Guns: Guns, Gay Bars, and the Search for Safety” now

The Rope Swing is a Bestseller in Maine!

May. 23, 2016 by

I don’t know how I managed to best Elena Ferrante, but we’ll consider this a coup.  

Great New Reviews for The Rope Swing

May. 6, 2016 by

Wonderful new reviews out this month by American Micro Reviews and The Expendable Mudge. American Micro Reviews says: “Accounts of LGBT individuals in Appalachia are not often told as they

In Memory of My Father

May. 6, 2016 by

My father passed away this week. He was a complex man with whom I sometimes had a complicated relationship. He lived, as some people joked, a rough kind of life.

Book Release Roundup – April News and Interviews

Apr. 13, 2016 by

What a couple of weeks! My book is now two whole weeks old, and she’s already flown across the continental USA. Great events were held in Los Angeles and Oakland.

First Interview Goes Live!

Mar. 24, 2016 by

Thanks to the Beckley Register-Herald for this nice interview! Find the full text here.