Writing

When I was in the fifth grade, I chose to stay inside and write stories on my teacher’s computer instead of going out for recess. Years later, I published a memoir and several short stories under the pseudonym Zoe Trope.

For academic writing, refer to my Publications.

Please Don’t Kill the Freshman (Harper Teen, 2003)

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My high school diary entries were originally published by Future Tense Books in Portland, Oregon, when I was fifteen years old. Literary agents in New York City read the original chapbook, and two years later, an expanded version was published by HarperCollins. Dave Eggers and Jonathan Safran Foer really liked it, but I’m regularly humbled by teen readers who continue to find me and tell me how much this book means to them.

The Best American Non-Required Reading (Houghton Mifflin, 2002)

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An excerpt from PDKTF was published in this anthology in 2002, a year before it was published by HarperCollins.

Sixteen: Stories About That Sweet and Bitter Birthday (Broadway Books, 2004)

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Megan McCafferty  edited this excellent collection of short stories with contributions from Jacqueline Woodson, Sarah Dessen, and other favorites. “Relent/Persist” is my story, a queer romance told through e-mails full of teenage drama and longing.

Becoming: Young Ideas on Gender, Identity, and Sexuality (Xlibris, 2004)

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I wrote the foreword to this collection edited by Diane Anderson-Minshall.

Portland Noir (Akashic Books, 2009)

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“Hummingbird” is the story of two teenage best friends messing around on 82nd Avenue late at night–drinking coffee, shopping for sex toys, and debating the importance of orgasms.

Ink (Torquere Press, 2012)

17124944.jpgI co-wrote “Simple Instructions” with my friend, Brendan Adkins. We’re proud to report that our steamy gay male romance was one reviewer’s favorite story in the anthology, and they even implored us to write an entire novel based on our characters.

 

 Only Light Can Do That (PEN Center USA, 2017)

My poem “My Boyfriend Wears Lipstick” appears in this post-election anthology published by PEN Center USA.