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
Books I love : The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, Prelude to Bruise by Saeed Jones, The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison, About a Mountain by John D'Agata.

A few of the books I read this year and enjoyed:
[insert] boy by Danez Smith
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Hatred of Poetry by Ben Lerner

Music: I can't really tell any more. I grew up on skate- and polisci- punk, but nowadays my taste is pretty broad. Before the election, I was listening to a lot of The Drums and Stornaway. The last few weeks has been revisiting protest punk and folk songs.

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 relationship that could be described as open/polyamorous. We date other people, mostly on our own, and those relationships span from casual to more serious.

Not everyone is up for that. It's cooI--I don't hold it against you (but you should probably look elsewhere if you've got baggage about either).

Most importantly, please *don't* message me if you're sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic or generally unkind.
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