PoemsAboutBears
33 Baltimore, United States
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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'm not sure what that means about what I call myself now.

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 -- At one point, I worked for an LGBT nonprofit. Once, an admissions officer. Before all that, I worked for The Machine.

Now I teach and I write. In each case, I do one so that I can support doing the other.
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 write for a few local publications, and I have a few stories and poems published, and I can stand behind most of it without any embarrassment.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Here are some books I really like, both classic and contemporary: The Handmaid's Tale, Prelude to Bruise by Saeed Jones, The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison, About a Mountain by John D'Agata.

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. Protip: there are more seasons of The Great British Baking Show, but they are named The Great British Bake Off.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Sincerity
Status anxiety
Gender
Poetry and poetics
My dog, Chickpea
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I unironically enjoy The Splendid Table.
You should message me if
I know that I'm burying the lede here, but I am Queer (I date and flirt with people of any gender), 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.

Oh, and please don't message me if you're sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic or a generally unkind person.
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