Bandit/Queen: The Runaway Story of Belle Starr (under contract with Clemson University Press, 2020) is a true crime poetry project exploring Belle Starr, a notorious wild west outlaw, and how newspaper coverage may have shaped her public image. As the media elevated Belle Starr from a lawbreaker to a compelling anti-hero, her criminality became more alluring and elaborate. Today’s cult of personality and evolving media ecosystem—from carefully crafted Twitter personas to true crime podcasts—underscore the topical appeal of this project. Threaded in the documentary poetry collection will be narrative and experimental works about identity, perception, rule breaking, and (in)authenticity.
Scranton Lace (Clemson University Press, 2018), covered by PBS NewsHour. “A lyrical and brutal dismantling” (Philadelphia Stories). Watch the animated trailer for Scranton Lace inspired by the atonal ghosts of violin frequencies. If visualized, these vibrations might look like lace.
Girls Like You (Clemson University Press, 2015), a 28th Annual Lambda Literary Awards Finalist. Watch the animated trailer for Girls Like You — a queer interpretation of Plato's cave shadow allegory.
I Would Ruby If I Could (Factory Hollow Press, 2013)
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