I give thanks that I’m a bisexual, female,
genderqueer Ashkenazi Jew, and my foremothers
never stole land from Native Americans.
Amen for the use of my hands,
for stories that spark between neurons,
for harmonies playing in my head.
Thanks for weird friends,
a twisted sense of humor,
and for gourmet fucking.
Hallelujah for feeling as handsome
in my father’s old suit as in my mother’s
hand-me-down dresses and gems.
I’m grateful that my husband and I
can share ogling the same women
and the same men on the street.
Thank you for a slice of the pumpkin
and one of the pecan, too, with cream
both ice and whipped, please.
My first full-length poetry book, The Horizontal Poet (Zeitgeist Press, 2011), won a 2012 Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Nonfiction. My story Mixing Tracks (Gertrude Press, 2009) won the Gertrude Press fiction chapbook award for LGBT writing. My chapbook The Underwater Hospital (Zeitgeist Press, 2006) was voted First Place in the lesbian and bisexual poetry division of the Rainbow Awards. My creative writing has appeared in Scholastic Magazine, Yale Medicine, Bellevue Literary Review, Red Rock Review, The Pedestal Magazine, and elsewhere. My work has been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize. My short story collection Ghosts and Oceans is looking for a publisher.