Writing Portfolio

Features

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So You Bought A Ghost Town
The Outline, July 30, 2018

“The first thing John Voight (not the actor) wanted me to know about his home of Sunrise, Wyoming was that it is “not your regular ghost town.”

The Secretive Nonprofit Gaming California’s Health Laws
The Outline, June 18, 2018

“CERT doesn’t have a website, a social media account, or any notable public presence, despite having won million-dollar judgments by suing corporations.”

The Million-Dollar Balloon Lobby
The Outline, April 26, 2018

“In May 2008, when California was considering an outright ban on the sale of foil balloons, the Council sprung into action. California already had a balloon law on the books — since the ‘90s, the state has required that foil balloons be attached to weights to prevent interference with power lines — and the Balloon Council believed this new bill was a step too far. They bankrolled a movement called Save Our Balloons, the website of which featured a photo of a crying baby girl beside the ominous text: ‘It’s true. California politicians want to pop her balloon.'”

Life and Death Online
Hazlitt, March 5, 2018

“This is the nature of grieving a friend you have never, or rarely, met: everything becomes internal. Simply accepting and expressing remorse becomes its own struggle, because the typical rituals—funerals, communication with loved ones of the deceased—are so often inaccessible.”

How Instagram’s Beauty Boys Are Rewriting Our Ideas About Gender
them., February 28, 2018

“Anyone who has seen the famous portrait of King Louis XIV of France posing in high heels, a curly wig, and tight stockings knows that our ideas of masculinity and femininity are ever-changing. But maybe the rise of beauty boys represents something more than another change in gender norms.”

DMs From Beyond the Grave Are Changing How We Grieve
VICE, November 28, 2017

“In 2014, [NaKina] Talbert was diagnosed with progressive supranuclear palsy, or PSP, a rare and fast-acting neurodegenerative disease with symptoms similar to Parkinson’s. She soon began making preparations. She knew she wanted to leave her children and grandchildren recordings of her voice—when Talbert’s father died nearly 40 years ago, that was the thing she forgot first.”

Criminal Justice

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How Prisons Are Poisoning Their Inmates
The Outline, July 23, 2018

“A week after Richard Mosley arrived as an inmate at Pennsylvania’s maximum-security SCI Fayette prison in 2008, he started getting sick.”

ICE Contracts Bring in Millions for U.S. Colleges
The Outline, July 12, 2018

“Countless colleges, many of which are vocally supportive of immigrant rights, are also taking money from ICE, and students are just beginning to fight back.”

Our Immigration System Is Especially Cruel to Disabled Children
The Outline, June 26, 2018

“Sixteen-year-old Matheus da Silva Bastos hasn’t seen his grandmother, who has been his caretaker for much of his life, for ten months.”

Historical

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The Tumblr Bloggers Building a Canon of Asexual History
The Outline, June 25, 2018

“Even as queer history continues to seep into the mainstream, asexuality — despite also falling under the “queer” umbrella — is continually excluded from academic discourse.”

How Clothing Made From Milk Became the Height of Fashion in Mussolini’s Italy
Atlas Obscura, July 28, 2017

The 19th-Century Lithuanians Who Smuggled Books to Save Their Language 
Atlas Obscura, July 19, 2017

The Librarian Who Guarded the Manhattan Project’s Secrets 
Atlas Obscura, June 23, 2017

The Drag Queen Who Changed American Politics 
Atlas Oscura, November 26, 2016

What We Lose When We Don’t Teach LGBTQ History in Schools 
The Establishment, October 7, 2016

(Read many more here.)

Essays

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Carly Rae Jepsen’s Queer Renaissance
Electric Literature, May 2, 2018

“[Jepsen’s] odes to emotion — not to romance, not to relationships, but simply to the primacy of feeling — offered something I couldn’t find elsewhere. Long before I was in a place to share my sexuality, much less have a relationship with another boy, ‘This Kiss’ and then ‘Gimmie Love’ and ‘Let’s Get Lost’ on E•MO•TION reveled in the beauty of an attraction I knew only to hate.”

Dashboard Confessional 
Slate, March 2, 2018

“I don’t know what I would have done without that little corner of the internet, populated by people like Laura who became the first to see, and love, all of me—even at a distance.”

Makeup Is a Language of Resistance 
Hazlitt, March 28, 2017

“I used my first Snapchat makeup filter in secret, on the bottom floor of my high school library, behind a bookshelf where I knew no one would see.”

Who Even Knows

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The Booming Business of Luxury Chicken Diapers
The Outline, July 30, 2018

“Julie Baker never intended to become a figurehead of the luxury chicken-diaper industry.”

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You can also read my articles for Barnes & Noble (including my YA Open Mic series), Teen Vogue, Out, and Lambda Literary.

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