Writer / Storyteller
In my fiction I feature wild landscapes, queer characters, and a foolhardy sense of adventure. In my journalism, I focus on the most provocative and toned arts and culture.
My love for words gives me that ability to tell stories in a variety of writing mediums while my love of storytelling gives me the freedom to use words, sounds, photography, and videography to tell a tale, whether it be an article for a magazine, a poem for my collection, or branded copy for a business.
WHAT STEPS DID YOU TAKE TO GET TO WHERE YOU ARE NOW?
It started with Homer, Melville, and Morrison in boarding school which led to daily journaling that became short stories and angsty teenage poems.
Then experience: a year of work in the mountains of Australia, six months of study in Cape Town, a summer job in Costa Rica, late nights listening as a bartender. Four years of a challenging Creative Writing curriculum in college resulted in a well received thesis novel and a first place prize in the university's prestigious short story contest. After graduating, I road tripped to Los Angeles to make a life out of my words.
Since moving, I've published articles with Flaunt Magazine, MxDwn, Man About World, and have had my work featured in literary journals The Matador Review and Tethered by Letters.
FOR OTHER PEOPLE IN YOUR FIELD, WHAT DO THEY USUALLY LACK?
Writing is resilience. I believe many talented writers (ones much more talented than me) give up too soon. I've learned to welcome rejection. I strive for 100 rejections a year. This forces me to be prolific.
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT NOW?
I am working on an interview feature with Fisher Stevens (the academy award winning director of "The Cove") for Flaunt Magazine, a commissioned erotic novella under a pen name for a publishing house, copy writing for a friend's global health campaign, and a chapbook of my own fiction and poetry for the LA Book Fair in March.
WHAT'S YOUR STYLE/PERSPECTIVE/TASTE? DO YOU HAVE A PROJECT THAT REPRESENTS THIS?
I strive to be a brave and provocative voice. Now more than ever we need smart, accurate, diverse, and inspiring writing. Whether it is fiction, poetry, or an ad campaign my style is minimalist, concise, and colorful.
My poem "Moet" shows this best
WE ARE ALL SLASHIES WITH MULTIPLE SKILLS, WHICH ONE DO YOU WISH YOU COULD DO MORE OFTEN?
Writing will always be my main craft but I constantly flirt with photography as another way to tell stories. I tend to capture wilderness vistas, small people in big places, and casual smiles.
My Instagram is here
WHAT IS FRUSTRATING YOU RIGHT NOW?
Wanting to do it all at once.
IF YOU COULD HIRE SOMEONE FOR $20/HR, WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE THEM DO TO MAKE YOUR DAY EASIER?
I would hire someone to remind me to eat lunch, drink water, and go pee.
LET'S BRING OUT THE TIME MACHINE. WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU COULD HAVE TOLD YOURSELF, WHEN, AND WHY?
Embrace your stars, young lad.
IF YOU COULD TALK TO AN EXPERT TO GAIN MORE INSIGHT ON SOMETHING, WHAT WOULD IT BE ABOUT?
Recently, I reached out to my favorite author over email and politely invited him for coffee to ask him how to navigate the publishing world. I want to create literature that makes a braver, more thoughtful world.
WHAT KIND OF OPPORTUNITIES/PROJECTS ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
I'm looking to help others by adding poetry to their brand, craft web content, edit memoirs and fiction, write lyrics for a musicians, produce podcasts for media companies, write thoughtful articles for publications, and collaborate with artists to blend my stories with their visuals.
DESCRIBE YOUR IDEAL JOB/CLIENT/COLLABORATION.
A person who is thrilled to combine forces and weave a handsome narrative together.
WHAT IS YOUR HOURLY RATE, RETAINER, OR SALARY RANGE?
Let's chat over coffee, I'll buy. I am happy to talk about pricing for prospective projects with clients as each project requires a different rate. I am fair and accommodating.
HOW SHOULD SOMEONE APPROACH YOU ABOUT WORKING TOGETHER?
Please email me at: email@example.com
HOW DO YOU STAY CREATIVE?
A hike up a hill, a wrestle with the sea, a shot of espresso.
This member profile was originally published in December 2016.