Tabs open on your screen right now:
Catherine of Siena’s Wikipedia page (novel research), my work email, and a Flemish painting that I’m basing a short story about weird art academies, sad girls in love, and cadavers off of.
If you had to brag about yourself:
I’ve never met a dog that didn’t love me.
Your writer crush:
I don’t have one!
Any place in the world:
The museum of water in Iceland.
Espresso, pastries, and flowers (preferably blue irises).
Favorite online places right now:
TRACK/FOUR Magazine, the Adroit Blog, and Fissure (which I co-edit with Aidan Forster!)
Alice B. Toklas removed every mention of Gertrude Stein’s ex-girlfriend from one of her manuscripts without Gertrude’s knowledge in the ultimate passive aggressive move that resulted in literary greatness.
Your rituals (writing or not):
Before I send a new book out (to readers or presses) I always burn sage and pink jasmine for luck.
Least impressive thing about you:
I’m terrified of silverfish.
Favorite space to write:
On trains, in museums, libraries, or at my desk, which is huge and covered in paintings, postcards, sculptures, letters, and poems that people have sent me.
What should we know:
Mainly, in my work, I try to de-tokenize queerness and portray queer/female sexuality and identity in a way that’s free from the heterosexual/male gaze, to create a space for flesh and oddities and gayness and femmeness to co-exist.
Guilty literary pleasure:
Best book nobody talks about:
Great House by Nicole Krauss and Dora: A Headcase by Lidia Yuknavitch.
Character (TV, book, movie) you most identify with:
Willow from Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
Last time you lied:
When I threw my friend a surprise party.
About why I was dragging them to a restaurant.
Question you secretly want to be asked:
“What do you want your work to accomplish?”
I want to change someone in some way, to effect change (hopefully positive) and represent actual women and LGBT+ people as something other than tokens or one- dimensional plot twists, which is something we’re often reduced to in films and literature.