My essay “Leet” appeared in the anthology Family Stories from the Attic, edited by Christi Craig and Lisa Rivero and published by Hidden Timber Books in 2017. In “Leet,” I go back to my grandfather’s farm after his death and try to understand the ways my identity and Leet’s intersect and conflict.
“I stand at the place where tamed land has turned wild.”
You can read my “Meet the Author” Interview here.
“Analysis is easy. Tearing something apart is as natural as breathing. It’s the bringing separate things together that is hard, maybe impossible. Synthesis is the problem of life. Or maybe it’s just my problem.”
“Oranges” was published in the 2020 edition of the Sierra Nevada Review. Here I explore how the ways perception and art have enriched my life.
“There is beauty in the world and in an orange, and I have to be taught over and over again how to see it.”
PenDust Radio adapted “Wine Tasting” into a podcast in 2020. It was performed by Rebekah Nemethy. “Wine Tasting” discusses the strange social world of Houston wine snobs and my own education in learning to taste.
“You need a word, but the word alone isn’t enough. You need to have an actual sensory memory of the smell and taste that word represents. Think about a black currant. That word is written all over the backs of red wines. It’s a very popular descriptor. But how many black currants have you actually eaten? Do you really know what a black currant tastes like?”