States of Loneliness

CW: drug use Level 1 – Preparation             “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” is always the song with which to begin. At least, he believes that. He lets Part I rev up as he pulls the baggie from his back pocket. Every time, without fail, it shimmers like a tiny Christmas snowfall. He scoops itContinue reading “States of Loneliness”

Announcing Happy Pills at Oregon Fringe Festival 2021!

I’m so excited that my full-length play Happy Pills is being adapted into an audio/radio play and is heading to Oregon Fringe Festival 2021 at the end of April. I’ll have more later, but I hope you will tune in to hear my post-apocalyptic dystopian sapphic play. The actors are blowing me away, and soContinue reading “Announcing Happy Pills at Oregon Fringe Festival 2021!”

Cheesy Love: a very fake rom-com trailer

COMING SOON A LOVE STORY LIKE NO OTHER [Enter TABITHA, standing imposingly in front of the Old Capitol. She’s small and cute, but not exactly your typical manic pixie dream girl. She crosses her arms. Tries to look tough.] IN A CITY LIKE NO OTHER [Shots of Iowa City on a weekend night: smokers outsideContinue reading “Cheesy Love: a very fake rom-com trailer”

When You Wish Upon a Matchstick [flash fiction]

            Once upon a time, when you wish upon a matchstick, you find yourself in a glorious land far beyond the bounds of Earth. This does not necessarily mean that things are great, but when you wish upon that matchstick, striking it and watching the flame grow around the tip in between your eyes andContinue reading “When You Wish Upon a Matchstick [flash fiction]”

Impossible Right Now

Catharsis is impossible right now. Clarity is impossible right now. Loving family feels impossible right now. Apologies are impossible right now. Normalcy is impossible right now. Sunlight may be impossible right now. Reckoning feels impossible right now. Revolutionizing feels impossible right now. Community is impossible right now. Healing feels impossible right now. Contact feels impossibleContinue reading “Impossible Right Now”

On Payoff in Eudora Welty and James Baldwin’s Works

Written in September 2016.  — In several writing classes I have taken thus far, the idea of ‘payoff’ has been discussed thoroughly and in many different ways. In my understanding of it, it has come to mean not necessarily giving an expected ending but not deviating from the story’s innate trajectory. I find different yetContinue reading “On Payoff in Eudora Welty and James Baldwin’s Works”

A Letter to Wilde

November 30, 2018 (or you would write it 30 November 2018) Dear Mr. Wilde, or whoever is reading this, First of all, I’m 24 and definitely old enough to understand and believe that there’s not necessarily an afterlife. However, it feels only fitting to address the person in the grave. You were not a perfectContinue reading “A Letter to Wilde”

Horror Chat Fiction Sample

*I wrote this maybe 1-2 years ago, when I was applying to be a horror chat fiction writer for an app. Hope it’s enjoyable and spooky!  Tara’s day stretched itself to its thinnest strand from morning until night, running from one audition to the next. But now, after one final audition, she makes a wearyContinue reading “Horror Chat Fiction Sample”

Poem “Big Gate” in Poetry Lab Shanghai Spring ’20 Issue

Here’s a short blog post: I’m excited that my poem “Big Gate” was included in Poetry Lab Shanghai’s Spring ’20 Issue! You can read the whole issue online here (mine is the last one). Given the crazy situation of the world, it’s nice to have a connection back to Shanghai even though I’m unable toContinue reading “Poem “Big Gate” in Poetry Lab Shanghai Spring ’20 Issue”

First Impressions of Paris: August 2018

8/30/2018 Paris, I almost can’t bring myself to participate. It’s a different exploration than China: I feel even less sure. In China the “fuck it” moments mean more: they’re shrouded completely in the unknown, in the breaking down of stereotypes, in the safety of being a laowai. I learn more. I’m open to more. I’mContinue reading “First Impressions of Paris: August 2018”

A Short Response to Welcome to Thebes by Moira Buffini

March 2017. For a play with so many characters, Welcome to Thebes is easy to follow and contained neatly in the world it presents. The playwright Moira Buffini writes in the style of verse yet in her note claims it is not [verse]. At first I disagreed with this statement—obviously it’s verse, it is writtenContinue reading “A Short Response to Welcome to Thebes by Moira Buffini”