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My third anthology in which I collect letters that people write to their body parts. This one will be published through Jessica Kingsley Publishers in April 2018. It focuses on fellow trans and nonbinary survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. So far, the project has been featured in Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, Ms. Magazine, Bust Magazine, The Establishment, FTM Magazine, Logo’s New Now Next, and a print issue of Bitch Magazine. I’m also in the beginning stages of organizing a showcase co-curated with all the anthology participants to take place this fall at Gibney Dance.
The first two anthologies included international tours of multi-media performances and storytelling workshops in the US, Canada, England, and Hungary, as well as a Survivor Support workshop series at colleges around the midwest as a part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
The Ship We Built
The Ship We Built is a manuscript-in-progress about two kids who imagine a world where they can dream, learn, grow, and be together without limits of words and empty homes. The narrator finds a safe place in their pal, Dóra. The friends give each other an uncharted strength and magic that they didn’t know existed outside of their drawings. Together they build something new. The first segment of this was written in snow covered mini-van and is my first children's story, secretly made for adults too. In the process of turning it into a YA picture book, a segment of it became an animation, thanks to the brilliance of Rosalie Eck and Harry Rubin-Falcone. The short film was featured at the OUTSpoken Performance Series in Knoxville, Locomoción Festival de Animación in Mexico City, and Stirring: A Literary Collection.
A short experimental documentary based off of poem I wrote and read at “Narratives of Pain,” and event curated by Zain Ali Shamoon at the Detroit Institute of Arts. It collages together original footage by Zachary Jamieson and home video, documenting dissociation, sexual assault, and all the times I didn't have words for myself. It will premiere at the Szczecin European Film Festival in October 2017.
What They're Made Of
A short film following a teenage trans boy who has his period for the first time. Raasa Leela de Montebello, her kitten, and I devised the piece over the course of two months. It is currently in post-production and will be ready for sharing and festival-submissions later on this summer.
Also in the early stages for my first feature-length script with Paul Moon (Amazon's The Tick and the New York Times) and co-creating a trans and survivor friendly contact improvisation dance space in NYC, deeply inspired by the Redwoods Collective in the Bay Area. Lastly, I’m working on a much longer manuscript based on some of the articles I have written for Teen Vogue, How Navigating Femininity Impacted My Coming Out as a Trans Boy, Valentine’s Day Letter To My Body Parts, etc., which I have been gifted a sliver of time to work on this summer through a writing residency at the Sundress Academy for the Arts in Tennessee.
Reel + Resume below.