I didn't start writing until I was 30 years old, 14 years after my first editing gig. I still feel new at it, but it's been more than 20 years now, and I still love and hate it. I love and hate the work itself; I love and hate the product of that work. Coming to terms with that and working on my writing anyway has been a major pursuit of my life ever since I wrote my first poem in 1996.


April, 2018: Wrote more than 30 poems for the Poetic Asides PAD (Poem-a-Day) challenge.

September, 2017: My flash fiction piece "First Five Heartbreaks" appeared on 100 word story

June, 2017: Two poems ("Twinning" and "This City") appeared in Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ Creative Anthology

April 29, 2017: I co-hosted #CripTheVote's First 100 Days twitter chat. It was a ton of fun. In general, I just love the Disability Visibility Project's Twitter chats.

April, 2017: I wrote a poem almost every day for the Poetic Asides PAD (Poem-a-Day) challenge

January, 2013: Poem, "Five things you didn't know about water," at Carte Blanche

July, 2012: Poem, "Oh, God," on The Eloquent Atheist

August, 2010: Began The Mom Food Project, my blog about food and love

June, 2010: 42 Press (a.k.a. me) published 50 copies of my chapbook, Five Things You Didn't Know about Water. You can see it here: [chapbook | cover image]

Spring, 2009: First issue of 42 Magazine, which I founded and ran until it closed in 2012

May, 2006: Began SereneCooking, my recession-cooking blog, which I haven't updated since 2010

2002: Essay, "The Day I Saw God and Left the Church," in the Atheist Coalition‘s newsletter

August, 2001: Began my personal blog, which I still update frequently

Autumn 2000: Poem, "Green," in "Green's Magazine," a Canadian literary journal

Spring/Summer 2000: Poem, "That Dyke Poem," in Gertrude: A Journal of Voice & Vision

1999: Poem, "the girl scout and the debutante," pair poem with Jennifer Geran, published on website

Poems, "Joannie in Ocean Beach" and "some things you should know about me," in Drift Wood Highway

1997: Poem, "Dancing Naked," in City Works Journal

Awards and featured performances

April, 2012: First prize, Helen "Jackie" DeClercq Poetry Contest, for "Useless"

February, 2006: Featured reader, Oakland S.O.U.P. (Sing, Open Up, and Poetize)

January, 2006: Featured reader, Poetry at Art 21, Palo Alto

2001-2: Became kinda local-famous for winning 2nd place a lot in San Diego poetry slams, for which I was also the scorekeeper. As my momma used to say, "If you can't win when you're keeping score, you don't deserve to play." I don't compete in poetry slams any more, but I love them so much that they are effectively a religious experience for me.

2000-ish: Poetry scholarship, Southwestern College, for "Bed"

1997: Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC) award for investigative journalism