So, why do you write?
I often tell people that my love for writing began when I started combining letter blocks as a toddler. I have enjoyed writing and theatrical storytelling for as long as I remember. My “career” as a writer started by submitting short stories to creative writing contests at my local public library when I was seven.
As a writer and storyteller, my goal is to continue exploring underrepresented facets of our culture and history, particularly through their intersections with my own experiences as a queer person of mixed Black, Indigenous (Osage and Kiowa), and European (mostly Italian) heritage. Recently, my creative interests have focused on the intersections of race, coloniality, eco-justice, and queerness. The driving factor behind much of my work is building productive, supportive, and beautiful spaces for as-of-yet unheard voices.
I graduated from Harvard University in 2018. My short plays Eve and The Son Also Rises were produced in the Blank Theater’s Young Playwrights Festival. My plays The Tamale Man and Slow Your Roll were featured in the Native Voices Short Play Festival. My two-act play Calamus was workshopped by The Custom Made Theater and a semi-finalist for the 2017 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference.
In 2021, I wrote, directed, and animated a four-part series entitled A Queer History of American Food, an exploration of LGBTQ+ history through iconic American dishes, which was produced through Center Theatre Group’s Digital Stage. The series is available on their Community Stories website.
I was selected as a participant in the inaugural Black Creatives Revision Workshop, a collaboration between We Need Diverse Books and Penguin Random House. I was awarded a 2021-22 Many Voices Fellowship by the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, MN.
When I’m not writing, I enjoy supporting local drag artists and baking with my fiancé.
Writing and storytelling are our windows into worlds beyond our own. They are the worlds that once were and the world that one day might be. So, crack open the cover, raise the curtain, and let’s begin…