So, why do you write?
I often tell people that my love for writing began when I started combining letter blocks as a toddler. I have enjoyed writing and theatrical storytelling for as long as I remember. My “career” as a writer started by submitting short stories to creative writing contests at my local public library when I was seven.
I consider myself a writer/artist/activist, equally and intertwined, and as such I see my role as a political and cultural galvanizer. As a storyteller, my goal is to continue exploring underrepresented facets of our culture and history, particularly through their intersections with my own experiences as a bisexual, Black and Indigenous mixed-raced person. Recently, my creative interests have focused on the intersections of race, coloniality, eco-justice, and queerness. The driving factor behind much of my work is building productive, supportive, and beautiful spaces for as-of-yet unheard voices.
Research is one of my favorite parts of writing. After all, I was raised by two history buffs and I’m about to marry a third. Whether that means exploring historical archives, reading books, sailing across the Internet, or speaking with folks about their experiences, rigorous research is immensely important to my writing. I believe that is how ideas and stories grow. That’s how I grow too.
Some of my favorite contemporary writers include Anne Carson, Carmen Maria Machado, N.K. Jemisin, Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins, and Louise Erdrich (just to name a very, very select few), but I also have an immense love for old classics.
Writing and storytelling are our windows into worlds beyond our own. They are the worlds that once were and the world that one day might be. So, crack open the cover, raise the curtain, and let’s begin…