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to push myself out of my comfort zone, in a good way. (i work at the welfare office, so unfortunately i am often pushed out of my comfort zone in a bad way.) remember the magic that is really out there! good people! you exist, right?
i am a fire sign, a writer, a queer, a feminist, an eye roller, a face maker, and a former new yorker.
i got on a greyhound bus right after high school. met a lot of wacky people, saw a few magnificent sunrises. learned so much more than i would have if i'd gone to college.
i read a lot of books but i can get buck wild sometimes. i'm in a kind of settled-down phase of my life. pleasant, not boring. the distinctions are important.
i just finished my first novel, a scoop of queer-girl-punkhouse-love. i've been writing zines for 15 years now (and am going on zine tour summer 2011. if you get a couch request from me, it's probably because you're in a city where i'm reading!). i spent 8 years working in prison book programs. my activism is stealth & within the system now, but i've got big dreams.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
i like surprises. i like travelers (who are respectful & nice). i like the idea that we can trust strangers.
i have never really surfed with strangers before. however, i have stayed on many a friend's couch, all over the country, and befriended their housemates. i've also had many a punkhouseguest who i didn't know, and i miss that feeling of taking someone into your home and hanging out with them intensely for a few days.
zines, yams, sewing, bikes, prison book programs, charming scarves, things with faces on them, kale, typewriters, books. community gardens, greywater, yoga, rubber stamps, odd museums, exploring small towns.
Music, Movies, and Books
movies: wayne's world, rise above: the tribe 8 documentary, bring it on, go fish, bar girls.
books: i like books by sherman alexie, sapphire, dorothy allison, patrick califia, jennifer egan, erick lyle, cindy crabb, diane dimassa, alison bechdel, and others!
music: arcade fire, bikini kill, bruce springsteen, the clash, team dresch, blackalicious, jean grae, pretty much everything besides heavy metal & techno.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
sunrise over the desert on a sleepless greyhound night.
rode my bike over 300 miles. wrote a novel. saved my prison book program from financial peril. sorry, i know it's only supposed to be one, but i couldn't choose...
Teach, Learn, Share
fixing flats (on bikes, not cars), cooking, making delicious smoothies
Countries I’ve Visited
France, Germany, Lithuania
Countries I’ve Lived In