In the Works
I am currently working on, or seeking representation for a number of projects:
1. Close your eyes and immagine yourself a girl in a Volkswagen van, dragged across the country by parents leaving New York for California, determined to become hippies. They pick up stoned hitchhikers, frequent beaches where people swim naked, and listen to Simon and Garfunkel. The hills smell of eucalyptus and sparkle in the sun, but darkness starts to creep in along with the fog. That girl, needless to say, was me. Soon my parents separate, and my dad starts to paper his wall with quotes from every one from Mahatma Ghandi to Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. My dad starts proclaiming he's Jesus, and arrives at the house in the middle of the night, pounding on the door, threatening to kill the family. The memoir continues into the present day and my own struggle to live in the wake of trauma.
2. Coleman, who happens to be black, and Steven, who happens to be white, used to be best friends. They watched high school baseball together and played video games. But suddenly Coleman starts ghosting him and responding to questions with grunts. He no longer laughs, and has gone from being a straight A student to not caring about school. Steven, who is obsessed with zombie, wonders if maybe, just maybe, his friend has become one. Meanwhile, Steven's dealing with Karla, who's he's know, like, forever and who's tougher than he is, but who he's starting to develop feelings for. And he's struggling to figure out how to deal with a lie he told his mom that just keeps getting bigger.
3. A collection of short stories that takes place in upstate New York and includes: a woman with an addict boyfriend who confides to an elderly neighbor who she later realizes has dementia, an architect struggling to imagine a home for others while his own marriage is crumbling, a drunk boy at a roller derby who falls for a girl only to be mocked by her friends, a bunch of teenagers at a quarry wrestling with their own ghosts and the myth of a ghost who haunts the landscape, a woman who takes an art class and finds a version of herself in a younger participant who she tries to save, an aging woman who goes with her husband to the VFW and to her surprise develops feelings for another woman, a man in recovery who, while selling used junk at a flea market, encounters a woman he slept with while in a blackout.
4. A collection of poems both heart wrenching and comical from the point of view of a fictional character Ezekiel, who is well intentioned, but struggling to find sanity in modern day surreal United States.