I am currently seeking representation for the following book projects:
The Iridescents—short story collection (46,000 words)
—Placed as semifinalist in the YesYes Books Fiction Open, Aug. 2019
This collection is a blend of literary and speculative fiction set primarily in the American South, where I reside. The stories in The Iridescents are about magic and saints, kinship and comraderie, but at their core, they are stories about the ways queer and trans people create space here for resilience and fierce joy: through community gardens in the shells of former malls and haunted virtual worlds, through DIY bodyhacking and the adoption of rescue dogs. In “Prayer for St. Wilgefortis”, a trans man visits a donut shop with his ailing dog to ask a genderqueer saint for relationship advice. In “Bubbies vs. Crims: Deathmatch Vol. IV”, a trans woman searches for the co-owner of her computer repair store. In “The Bread They Break”, three trans men whose consciousnesses are encased in a sourdough starter cheer each other on over vast expanses of time. The characters in this collection search for meaning in their lives, for answers to their questions, for finding a way through and onward. Several have appeared in print.
The Festival—novel (65,000 words)
A group of friends make a sacred pilgrimage to a music festival in the deep woods. Climate change has rendered necrotic the landscape through which they walk. Along the way, they tell each other stories which seek truths at odd angles. One of the main narrators hybridizes Middle English with modern text-speak.
Into the Darkness We Go—novel (52,000 words)
In a flooded future where safety from the sun exists only deep at the bottom of the sea, a biohacker named Joules joins forces with a genetically-modified octopus named A-OK. Together, they search for her missing ex-girlfriend alongside a light-worshiping religious cult. Background research focused on communication between humans and invertebrates.