Welcome!

When people ask me what I do, I tell them I’m a writer, which is pretty straight-forward. But when they ask me what I write, the answer tends to sprawl. Short stories and flash. Essays and criticism. Articles and reviews…. I love short form fiction and long form essays. The subject tends to dictate the shape a thing takes.

As for what I write about, that answer sprawls too. I earned my MA in Comparative Literature, which ended up influencing both my taste in fiction and how I write. I like to let elements of one genre bleed into another, so that quirkiness, horror, sexuality and reality bump into each other like people on a train.

I’ve spent a great deal of time writing about feminism, books, sex and sexuality, trauma and mental health, fairy tales, history and random moments in culture. My fiction runs the gamut from “delicately weird” to emotionally raw. Despite the sprawl, one thing spans everything I write – a desire to explore the human experience through the  experiences of lots of different humans. Emotions, culture, personal perception…they’re mirrors into dark and private places. They obscure or illuminate, depending on where you stand.

 This post, “The Goblin Market”, expands on what I’m attracted to as both a reader and a writer. If you want to get a sense of what I do and how I think, that’s a good place to start. You can  also check out the following, as well as the essays and stories in the menu bar.

Essays:

“Me, My Anger and Jessica Jones”, which I wrote for Electric Literature, “Ownership: On Sexuality and Feminine Relations” and “What I Intend When I Write About Sex”. 

Stories:

“Lunch withe Zelda”, which was featured on Queen Mob’s Tea House, “The Second Letter”, “Nighthawks”, and  “Mourning Sun” .

You can find a complete listing of stories and essays in the menu, along with information about my collection of linked short stories, Roadhouse Blues, which released this summer to a happy collection of five star reviews.

And for my off-the-cuff opinions on books, writing, current events and pretty much everything else, check out my blog, cleverboots.net.

Thanks for dropping in!