My Life as a Writer

* I don’t really look like this


My short stories have been nominated for the Nebula Award & World Fantasy Award & Theodore Sturgeon Award, were long-listed for the Hugo Award & Locus Award, and have won the Shirley Jackson Award. I’m a graduate of the 2012 Clarion Writers Workshop.

My debut novel THE ART OF STARVING (young adult, science fiction) is forthcoming from HarperCollins.

I’ve had a whole bunch of stories published in great places like Lightspeed, Asimov’s, The Minnesota Review, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer, Electric Velocipede, Interzone, Daily Science Fiction, Nightmare, Fiction International, Arts & Letters, The Rumpus, and lots more. Together with the brilliant Aviva Briefel, I co-edited Horror After 9/11, a critical anthology published in 2011 by the University of Texas Press, which was included in the “Brilliant/Lowbrow” quadrant of New York Magazine’s famed “Approval Matrix.” I was the recipient of a 2008 Literary Fellowship and Residency from the Bronx Writers’ Center. I’m honored to be a member of the phenomenal SFF writers group Altered Fluid.

Check under “Publications” for some of my work, including links to the ones that are available online.

My Life as a Personhome_banner_4B


I live in New York City now, but I grew up in a depressed depressing middle-of-nowhere town in upstate New York. I was trained as a butcher, and my father was a butcher, and his father was a butcher, but our butcher shop went down the toilet when our town was eaten alive by Wal-Mart. Since then I’ve been a vegetarian. I used to be the guitarist in a punk rock band. In high school, I was named Most Valuable Swimmer on our swim team… because I was the only swimmer… because everybody else got kicked off… I watch way too much television. I majored in Cinema Studies and Russian Language/Literature at Rutgers University, which is where I met my brilliant handsome husband.

My Life as a Community Organizer/Activist

admin-ajaxWhen I’m not trying to smash the system via somewhat-subversive stories, I’m trying to smash the system by organizing poor people to fight collectively for social justice. For the past eleven years, I’ve been an organizer at Picture the Homeless, building towards the homeless revolution. I’ve played a part in organizing billions of amazing protests and events there, and I coordinated the writing of a major report that was required reading in urban planning courses at Columbia University—and was banned in New York State prisons. I’m also a member of the Community Funding Committee of the North Star Fund.

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... and this is what I look like, sometimes.
  • [photo circa 2008]