Artistic Statement

Artistic Statement

I tell stories about women, primarily but not exclusively queer women, and explore the ways that they both struggle and cope with family, love, sexual assault and abuse, mental health, depression and anxiety, queer identity, and Jewish identity.

I believe women should be allowed to exist in stories not about their gender, queer women should be allowed to exist in stories not about coming out, Jews should be allowed to exist in stories not about their religion or ethnic identity, and people of color should be allowed to exist in stories not about their race. However, I also feel strongly that gender, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, and race play an important role in identity even when the story is about something else entirely. And when I create characters and write their stories, the way their identity relates to the world around them does play an important role, even when it’s not the main plot point.

Finally, I experiment with form and I believe passionately that the people I know, love, see, and hear don’t always speak in complete, grammatically correct sentences with perfect punctuation or capital letters; and I strive to reflect that in my style and the way my words look, feel, and behave (or don’t) on the page.