Journalism

Food writing: Reported features, front-of-book content, and personal essays for consumer magazines, trade magazines, and websites including The National Culinary Review, Restaurant Startup & Growth, and Eater.

Travel writing: Reported features, front-of-book content, and personal essays for consumer magazines, trade magazines, and websites including AFAR, Longreads, Condé Nast Traveler, and TripSavvy.

LGBTQ writing: Personal essays and reported content for web outlets including Business Insider, Condé Nast Traveler, Fodor’s, Greatist, and other outlets.

Personal finance writing: Personal finance writing for Business Insider, NextAdvisor, The Penny Hoarder, Daylight, Altruist, and other outlets.


Essays

TripSavvy: To Complete a Bucket List, I Needed to Go Where Queer Travelers Weren’t Welcome. North Dakota, Minnesota, Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky, and Hawaii: These were the states I was yet to visit after three cross-country road trips and a month living in an Alaskan ghost town.

Hobart: A Foil Grip: Lessons in Fencing & Other Indoor Sports. I was sixteen when I first wrapped my fingers around a foil grip in an attempt to get a woman’s attention. 

Catapult: How Stand-Up Comedy Helped Me Craft a Public Writer Persona. When I dreamed of being a published author, I’d imagine giving NPR interviews or public readings.

Undomesticated: On a Closeted Honeymoon, the Chance to be Seen. A bell clanged when we entered the shop, which was empty except for the trio of shopkeepers watching us expectantly.

Eater: It Took Leaving the Restaurant Industry for Me to Understand How Wrong I Was to Stay Silent About Its Abuses. For decades now, the dining public has understood restaurant kitchens to be tough places to work.

Fodor’s: I Survived Getting Lost in the Florida Swamps. It should have been a red flag when we set up a tent camp behind a highway rest stop halfway between New York and Florida, in defiance of the “no camping” sign.

Condé Nast Traveler. For Gender Nonconforming Travelers, Airports Are Particularly Stressful to Navigate. Whenever I fly, TSA officers think I’m hiding something. 

AFAR. Why I Did a Vacation Redo. The worst vacation of my life started with Thanksgiving dinner at my aunt’s house, near West Palm Beach.

Vittles. Cooking for Labor, Cooking for Love. People who love cooking are sometimes warned not to pursue it as a career.

Greatist. Reading Aloud is My Emotional Pillow Fort During These Times. Just before New York went into lockdown, my wife and I attended a reading at our local indie bookstore.

Longreads. Where are the Gay Ladies of Cambodia? Since the new road is open, the bus ride to Siem Reap will only take eight hours.

Brain Mill Press Voices. Slowing Down, Sourdough Style. As a freelance writer querying one novel and writing a second, all I did was write.

Verity La. Forty Days and Forty Nights. Forty days and forty nights: a biblical honeymoon for an interfaith queer couple.

Taproot. Reviving Seeds, Rebuilding Connections. At the end of a documentary screening about a local seed-saving initiative, we audience members are offered sunflower seeds to take home.

Crab Fat. Unphotogenic. I’ve always been unphotogenic.

Verity La. Paper Riddles. Freshman year of high school, someone hands me a note and a piece of candy.

Funds for Writers. How I Won a Scholarship to a Writer’s RetreatTime to write—who doesn’t want more of that? 

Outdoors: Out on the Trail, With an LGBTQ Hiking GroupWe arrived at AMC’s Lakes of the Clouds Hut after a long, steep climb.

Roads & Kingdoms: The Taco Truck is Where the Action is.  All I know is, I’m not going back to Ridgecrest, a naval-base town where what passes for coffee is hot water that tastes like charred, wet paper.

Razor Literary Magazine: Some Meta SF Queer Rite of PassageFlatland takes deep inspiration from my own life.

Helen: Confessions of an Ex Vegan Donut Baker. I gave away a thousand donuts to the wrinkled old church ladies who brought their grandkids to the Holy Roller Sunday school next door.

Cognoscenti: In Massachusetts, Repeating History, Hoping For Redemption. I still remember how I felt when my neighbor warned me about the homophobic graffiti someone had scrawled in the hallway of my apartment.

The Manifest Station: We Are All North Carolina NowThis summer, I prepared to visit North Carolina by growing out my hair for four months.

Queer/ish: Rural Identity Politics: Where I Live, it’s LGBT or Q.The first time I joined an LGBTQ organization, it was in solidarity.


Fiction

Non-stalgia: PresumptionThey have no idea how presumptuous it is to ask Jana to come a week early to unearth the boxes of Passover cookware from the basement closet and drag them up to the kitchen.

Oyster River Pages: Dish Fairy. Dad’s in the kitchen when I get home from school, instead of hiding out in his study.

Voyage Young Adult Literary Journal: Fault Lines. I can tell it’s going to be one of those nights when I walk in the back door of Salerno & Sons to find Dmitri hunched over a stack of pizza boxes, flipping through tickets while the new cook slaps together pies.

(mac)ro(mic): The Way a Person Does One Thing is the Way They Do Everything: Eggs. When you crack eggs, is the yolk whole or runny, is it yellow like buttercups, yellow like an Easter dress, or is it gold instead?

The Sunlight Press: Orange Blossom Flower Water. Saturday mornings I bake rustic fruit tarts, blood-red with cherries and skin-on nectarines from an organic fruit farm in the East Bay

New World Writing: Wait Before Sending. Hey dude, I know your birthday is coming up and I was thinking of you.

Limnisa: Gigs. “I’m having the dream again.”

Mortar Magazine: One Truth, Many LiesThese are some things you should know: I did not steal soymilk from dry storage, if by dry storage you mean the utility closet stuffed with exploding sacks of paper bags, white foldout bakers’ hats and retired cash registers, a wadded-up rubber mat turning floor space into mountains.

Sediments Literary-Arts Journal: Heart of Gold. You walk the narrow footpaths at night, your heels kicking up dust clouds.

Razor: Literary Magazine: FlatlandIt goes block by block is what everyone said about Oakland when I told them I was moving west, and my block, just off Foothill, is six houses thick, tiny two-stories with cement front yards and patches of lawn out back

Queen Mob’s Teahouse: Late Summer, Yellow JadeThe first time Sal hands me the slim joint, I take it and breathe in and then I cough.

Dust Jacket Short Story Journal: Asking for Trouble. July 3, Hannah Nussbaum told me that she was moving to Chicago at the end of the month.

Word Riot: How to Start the War With the MexicansStep out of the bright, beautiful day and into the cool, gray barn.

The Blueprint Review: Tessa in the MirrorTessa drives to the Target by the interstate, alone.

34th Parallel: Little Moments I Regret. I never considered Heda until she cornered me by the dumpsters behind the movie theater where we both worked and told me she liked the cut of my jeans.

Avalon Literary Review: The Wallet. I crouched in the school’s administrative office rifling through the teacher’s mailboxes and praying I could find the bio quiz answer key so Erica Ash wouldn’t tell the school I got an STI from Ricky Jeffries.