I'm the Associate Editor and second-in-command at Hello Mr, as well as a journalist, local homodocumentarian, and aspiring Carmen San Diego. In my spare time, I'm finishing my first book, traveling as an Afar Ambassador, and taking on freelance projects as a writer, poet, content manager, and social media dude. I like to tell other people's stories—stories for transient communities, underdogs, little guys, and of course, unlikely heroes, which is why I started this newsletter on boys, books, and bravery.
Editing each issue front-to-back, I've also written three cover stories for Hello Mr., such as this interview with poet Saeed Jones or this one with Mike Hadreas of Perfume Genius. You might also like this longform analysis on why queer characters are excluded from adventure narratives, this as-told-by with Damian from Mean Girls, and this investigative report on gay guys' post-sex snacks.
Select clients I've worked with include Airbnb, Cadillac, Ace Hotel, Soho House, The Standard, Bonobos, Birchbox, Nudie Jeans, OUT, HBO, Kit & Ace, Absolut, Ketel One, American Apparel, Gap, Mashable, Hendricks, the Charleston Tourism Board, and Dove Men.
Other projects I'm proud of include my trip through Spain and Morocco to make a story for Airbnb, the big gay Valentine's Day party I help produce every year, and my work with kids in underfunded school systems through 826CHI, developing writing classes on very important topics like "Intro to Nautical Storytelling," "Roy Lichtenstein for Beginners," a "Maurice Sendak Retrospective," and "Blogging 101" for third graders.
Aside from Hello Mr., I've been published in Vinyl, Fields, Jarry, I.T Post, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Lambda Literary, The Offing, Winter Tangerine, and The Iowa Review. I'm a recipient of the Ruth Halls Poetry Prize, the Gulf Coast Poetry Prize, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Award, the Eric Love Diversity Grant, and the Culbertson Essay Scholarship. While I'm tooting my own horn, I got a fellowship to attend the Writers @ Work conference with Ann Hood, the Tin House Writers Workshop with the incomparable Mary Ruefle, Chandelier Creative's Artist Residency, and was twice-accepted to the Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Program, was a finalist for Buzzfeed's Emerging Writers Fellowship, and was a lucky passenger on The Passport Express, which was something like a residency but with a few dozen other creatives, on a train going across the United States.
My pillow is in Brooklyn, but I travel quite a bit and compulsively document these travels on my Instagram, my weapon of choice. If you want to get in touch with me about a project or collaboration, all you have to do is ask.