born in downey, california, a suburb southeast of los angeles, and raised by a single parent, my life changed at thirteen – the year I received a brother AX-24 typewriter as a christmas gift from my father. i’d write my first play the following summer.
i’d always been a writer, really. so too, an individual. i never really felt as though i fit into the white bread suburbia that my hometown was then, and it wasn’t long before i began looking outward – first spending time on melrose avenue as a teenager, then in the gay nightclubs in west hollywood as a newly out person in the early nineties, and later, finding my community in the underground rave scene that once thrived throughout los angeles.
i attended the los angeles county high school for the arts and graduated from los angeles city college and UC berkeley with an associate’s degree in english and a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature and media studies, respectively. i’ve studied with Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks at arts high, Kafka’s philosophical fiction with Professor Judith Butler at UC berkeley, and have presented my paper, “Authorial Trickery: The Writing of Luigi Pirandello and Charlie Kaufmann” at both the Honors Transfer Council of California’s annual conference at UC irvine and at the inaugural Comparative Literature Symposium at UC berkeley.
i published my first novel, “a f*cked-up fairytale” in 2015 and my first collection of photography and essays, “fear & loathing as america burns” in 2021. and am now writing the next chapter of my epic, a prequel to “fairytale,” “all apologies: the beginning of the end in the 1990s.” i live in berkeley, cal with my cat, scout, and my dog, mouse.