Q: Queer?
A: Some folks have a sexual orientation; a compass that points them in a particular direction when it comes to attraction. I don’t have a compass so much as a vague map, hand-drawn, not quite to scale. “Queer” is a good word to describe it. “Bisexual” and “pansexual” also work.

Q: Transgender? Nonbinary?
A: Nonbinary is a nice word for folks like myself that fall outside of or shift between male and female identities and appearances. “Nonbinary” comes with an expectation of exploration and experimentation, and has a dash of defiance. I can be a little of column A, a little of column B, and sometimes I can just wander off the page and be an alien.

Q: They?
A: I use gender neutral pronouns. They/them works for me, though I’m also fond of Spivak pronouns. I don’t care about your opinions about using “they” in the singular.

Q: Writer?
A: I write both fiction and non-fiction. My fiction tends to fall towards literary science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism. My nonfiction focuses on food, art, identity, politics, travel, and personal narratives. You can look at my Fiction or Nonfiction pages for more information.

Q: Kansas?
Kansas. It’s not what you’d expect.


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