Nonfiction

Food and Travel Writing

I write about food and drinking in Chicago and beyond for Gozamos, a local online magazine. Here’s a sample selection of my columns.

Drinking Coffee for Science — I don’t drink coffee, as a rule. The rule being, “Coffee makes Nino insane.”
The Diner at the Edge of the World — Darkness, diners, and damnation in Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks.
Remembrance of Drinks Past — Proust had his madeleine and tea. I have flavored whiskey and falling leaves.
The Road to Nowhere — Full stomachs and silliness on the road to nowhere. (Come on and ride.)

Book Reviews

Octavia’s Brood, edited by Walidah Imarisha and adrienne maree brown — (Strange Horizons, November 2015)
FutureDyke by Lea Daley — (Strange Horizons, September 2015)
Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia — (Strange Horizons, April 2015)
Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue Deconnick and Valentine De Landro — (Strange Horizons, January 2015)
Hobo Fires by Robert Earl Sutter III — (The Future Fire, August 2014)
Long Hidden, edited by Rose Fox and Daniel Jose Older
— (The Future Fire, April 2014)
Weird Tales #360/#361 — (The Future Fire, December 2013)
A Game for Swallows by Zeina Abirached — (Gozamos, November, 2012)

Personal Essays

Panic! In the Locker Room: On Fighting for Trans* Youth With Words as Weapons — I trolled a transphobic editor and got called a verbal terrorist. (Autostraddle, July 2013)
Hello, Goodbye, Hello — On May 22, 2011, after a random text exchange with an old friend, I moved to Chicago instead of France. My grandmother died a week later. (Gozamos, May 2013)
In Exile — My father and I both chose exile, of a sort. (In The Fray, December, 2011)

Other Essays
A Country Doctor — An interview with Dr. Jean Marius Gardy, a Haitian doctor running a homegrown humanitarian aid organization amid the flood of international NGOs. (In the Fray, July 2013)
Eating Well During the Apocalypse — My disaster preparedness plans include being far away from suburban commandos and their lethally-guarded stockpiles of V-8. (Gozamos, July 2013)
Stages Steeped in Blood — A brief history of violent artistic rivalry. (In the Fray, February 2013)
The Chicago Way — Corruption in Chicago is as constant as the Cubs’ losing streak. (In the Fray, November 2012)

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