I’m a writer and a community organizer. I’m a graduate of the 2012 Clarion Writers Workshop. I’m the co-editor, with the brilliant Aviva Briefel, of Horror After 9/11, a critical anthology published in 2011 by the University of Texas Press, which was included in the “Brilliant/Lowbrow” quadrant of New York Magazine’s famed “Approval Matrix.” I’ve had a whole bunch of stories published in great places like The Minnesota Review, Strange Horizons, Fiction International, Arts & Letters, The Rumpus, and lots more. I’m the recipient of a 2008 Literary Fellowship and Residency from the Bronx Writers’ Center, and my story “Monkey Heaven” was named one of the Best Short Stories Published Online in 2008, by the judges of the Million Writers Award.
I live in New York City now, but I grew up in a depressed depressing middle-of-nowhere town in upstate New York. I was trained as a butcher, and my father was a butcher, and his father was a butcher, but our butcher shop went down the toilet when our town was eaten alive by Wal-Mart. Since then I’ve been a vegetarian. I went to Rutgers University, where I majored in Russian Literature and Cinema Studies, and met my husband, although we didn’t start dating until after college. While I mostly write fiction, once in a while I write essays on things that make me really happy or really really angry (like horror movies, homelessness, homophobia, HIV/AIDS, punk rock, protest tactics). Check under “Publications” for a list of some of my favorites, including links to the ones that are available online.
When I’m not trying to smash the system via subversive and sometimes-smutty stories, I’m trying to smash the system by organizing poor people to fight collectively for social justice. For the past six years, I’ve worked at Picture the Homeless, building towards the homeless revolution. I’ve played a part in organizing billions of amazing protests and events there, and I coordinated the writing of a major report that was required reading in urban planning courses at Columbia University—and was banned in New York State prisons. I’m also a member of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice.
If you like any of my work, or whatever, you should definitely write to me:
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For even more silly information about me, here is an interview I conducted with myself:
|What video game character are you?||Samus Aran|
|What was your first concert?||Metallica, “Load” tour, 1997|
|What Shakespeare character are you?||Lady Macbeth|
|What’s your favorite color?||heather charcoal|
|What Cylon model are you?||Six (when I’m feeling gorgeous); Three (when I’m bitchy/crafty)|
|What Star Trek species are you?||Klingon|
|What are your favorite actresses?||Mae West, Mary McDonnell, Sigourney Weaver, Bette Davis, Cate Blanchett, Ingrid Bergman, Tilda Swinton, Michelle Yeoh, Gloria Grahame, Marlene Dietrich, Claudia Cardinale.|
|What are your addictions?||Coffee, Old Navy, video games, Bitcomet|
|Favorite food?||Black beans and rice|
|Favorite photographer?||Ralph Eugene Meatyard|
|Favorite poet?||Osip Mandelstam|
|If you could be an artist functioning in any other time/place than the one you’re in right now, what would it be?||Russia in the 1920’s; NYC in the 1930’s|
|Favorite supermodel?||Gisele, Janice, Naomi|
|What’s your most prized possession?||a set of amazing butcher knives from my father|
|When was your last drink?||August 2003|
|Last cigarette?||November 2006|
|What LOST character are you?||Kate|
|What Simpsons character are you?||Lisa|