Graduate School and Other Crucibles: A Podcast Interview

In fall 2014 I applied to well over a dozen PhD programs. I was struck by the difficulty of genres like the statement of purpose, about which there existed almost no resources. My mentors in my master's program were incredible helpful, and I wanted to share the advice they gave me as well as the … Continue reading Graduate School and Other Crucibles: A Podcast Interview

Everfair: Afrofuturist Alternate History

This paper was originally presented at the Worlding SF conference in Graz, Austria in December 2018. It was published in the symposium for that conference published in SFRA Review, vol. 327, Winter 2019, pp. 48-51. The printed version, published under my copyright, can be found here. Afrofuturism’s Specter: Alternate History, Racial Capitalism, and Nisi Shawl’s … Continue reading Everfair: Afrofuturist Alternate History

John Brown’s Body at 160

Treason to whiteness is loyalty to humanity. — Race Traitor, Winter 1999 John Brown and the flag of the Underground Railroad, 1846 Harper's ferry 160 years ago today, on October 16, 1859, the militant abolitionist John Brown, an important organizer of the Underground Railroad, led a raid of black and white men on Harper's Ferry, … Continue reading John Brown’s Body at 160

Whiteness 101: A Reading List to Abolish the Problem

You know what it is. Either you have benefited from its privileges, have been caught at its ragged edges, or have suffered under its thumb. It is a central problem of modernity, a human rights concern in contemporary life. Whiteness must be abolished. Reading List ToCHistories of WhitenessTheories of WhitenessFuck White SupremacyWhite Class, White TrashPraying … Continue reading Whiteness 101: A Reading List to Abolish the Problem

Things I Read, Wrote, Did in 2018

Following the neoliberal impulse to quantify everything in order to make a metric of productivity out of my life, and also following in the footsteps of Mark Bould, Dan Hassler-Forest, Drew Morton, and other friends who quantify their reading/viewing habits, and further following those academic-twitter and writer-twitter folks who post year's-end lists of publications—for these … Continue reading Things I Read, Wrote, Did in 2018

Annual Reading List 2017

In 2017, I read 125 books. This list was inspired by Mark Bould, who wrote his own about his reading practices in 2016 (published in January 2017). I combed through all that I read to create three lists of “bests”: recent fiction (past two years), older fiction, and comics. “Best” is subjective and my reasoning … Continue reading Annual Reading List 2017

A Timeline of LGBT Visibility in Mainstream Comics

This timeline includes mainstream comic books with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender characters. The timeline begins after the creation of the 1954 Comics Code Authority and continues half a century to 2004. The timeline takes the form of a bibliography. The timeline was compiled over the course of my master’s thesis research in consultation with … Continue reading A Timeline of LGBT Visibility in Mainstream Comics

Gone the Form of Man: The Gothic Tradition and the Abhuman in Jack Kirby’s The Demon (1972-1974)

Note: This is to be published, eventually, in a Sequart collection of essays on 1970s horror comics “Gone! Gone! -- the form of man -- ! Rise, the demon Etrigan!!” — Jack Kirby, The Demon Vol. 1 #1 (Aug 1972, 24.5)[1] Jack Kirby’s The Demon – a 16-issue comic book series published by DC, cover-dated … Continue reading Gone the Form of Man: The Gothic Tradition and the Abhuman in Jack Kirby’s The Demon (1972-1974)

Sexual Violence in Le Guin’s The Dispossessed: Toward an Interpretation

November 3, 2015 Context This paper, presented at The Ohio State University English Graduate Organization's second annual conference on October 31, 2015, is an edited-down version of a paper written for a graduate seminar on science fiction and literary theory, and is also a slightly different version of the paper I actually gave, which was … Continue reading Sexual Violence in Le Guin’s The Dispossessed: Toward an Interpretation