AnthonyOnOKC
32 Baltimore, MD
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My self-summary
For years I've said that I am a Californian expat living in Maryland, but I tried to move back to California last autumn, and it didn't really feel right, so I came back. I don't know what that means about what I call myself.

With the exception of my brief journey west, I've lived in Baltimore for a while now, and I think it's a pretty rad place.
What I’m doing with my life
Working on a curriculum vitae that reads like one of those dotted-line Family Circus comics. I used to work for an LGBT nonprofit. Before that, I worked for a monster. I recently wrapped up teaching creative writing at UCSC, and that was a pretty incredible experience. Some other stuff -- you're not here to hear my whole CV.

Right now I'm teaching at a local university, and I'm studying to be a doctor of poetry. (Yes, really.)

Things that I don't know how to do, but I'd like to learn in the coming year or so:

Reading music
Sewing
Canning
Coding
Gardening
I’m really good at
I think I am good at avoiding or containing knee-jerk reactions to new or challenging ideas until I can give them an appropriate amount of reflection.

I'm also pretty proud of the writing I do; I have a few stories and poems published, and I'm hoping that my book-length manuscript gets picked up soon. (But then, aren't we all?)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Here are some books I really like, both classic and contemporary:

A Room of One's Own
The Handmaid's Tale
Prelude to Bruise by Saeed Jones
The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison
About a Mountain by John D'Agata
The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands by Nick Flynn
Woman, Native, Other by Trinh Mihn-ha

Music: I can't really tell any more. I grew up on skate- and polisci- punk, but nowadays my taste is pretty broad. Lately I've been on a Roots/Folk/Alt-Country kick. Before that, it was Doo Wop.

TV: I want to tell you that I don't watch television, but that would be a lie. I watch Doctor Who, Orange is the New Black and Sense8. Related: I think that it is okay to have problematic favorites, but one has a responsibility to be critical when it is due.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
New Sincerity
Status anxiety
Gender, desire and markedness
Social justice
Poetry and poetics
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm really into NPR.
You should message me if
You want to chat, flirt or connect.

I know that I'm burying the lede here, but I am Queer (I date and flirt with people of all genders), and I am in a long-term, polyamorous relationship. It would make the most sense if you were comfortable with those traits before messaging me.

Don't message me if you're sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic or generally an unwelcoming person.
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