Book

A Bony Framework for the Tangible Universe

A Bony Framework for the Tangible Universe, my first book, will be released by The Operating System in February 2019. You can now preorder A Bony Framework and other phenomenal books from The Operating System’s 2019 catalog. For more information on The Operating System’s 2019 cohort of texts, translations, and hybrid projects, please read the press release here.

More about the book

Excerpts and previous versions of pieces in the book have been published at District Lit, Rogue Agent, Connotation PressBlack Warrior Review, Lockjaw Magazine, and QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology.

A Bony Framework for the Tangible Universe is a hybrid collection of lyric essays, poems, dictionary erasures, and images that emerged out of my diagnosis, in my mid-twenties, with a connective tissue disorder. Slipping in and out of intimate interiors, open fields, city sidewalks, flowering gardens, construction sites, doctor’s offices, and fluctuating shorelines, the speaker gathers answers to the question: What holds us together when the body falls apart? Imperfect solutions arrive in the form of queer intimacy and kinship, long-term relationships with landscapes, collections of strange and familiar objects, and language itself. A Bony Framework for the Tangible Universe is constantly breaking and and putting itself together in a messy cycle of adaptation and resistance.

Support for this Project

In the seven years it took to complete the manuscript, I received life-giving support from so many people and organizations who believed in this work, previously titled Connective Tissue. This book would not exist without that generous support.

An incomplete and ever-evolving catalog of gratitude:

Big thanks to grey, kiki, Admiral, and the LGBTQ Narratives writer-activist community in Madison, WI, including our Conceal & Carry: Queers Exposed family, and the Queerspeak Open Mic at Dutch’s Auto, where I first realized I was working on a book; the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Mark Doty, and my generous armadillo crew of writer-poets in Florida who helped me envision the project’s first shape; to Fred Swanson and the HJ Andrews Experimental Research Forest for giving me an old-growth forest haven in which to draft new material before starting grad school; to all of the individual friends, family, and supporters who contributed to my two project-related crowdfunding campaigns in 2013-14; to everyone who wrote a letter of recommendation, read my work samples and statements, and talked me through the process of applying to grad school; to the University of Minnesota for taking me on as a grad student and for offering funding in numerous forms, and to the staff, faculty, colleagues, mentors, students, and collaborators who helped the book take its current form, especially to Roy, Sugi, Kim, Ray, Julie, and my MFA cohort; to Jerod Santek and Write On, Door County! for hosting me two winters in a row while I wrote and revised; to Nate, Tryn, Jared, Leah, Zach, Kate, and The Lighthouse Works community, for supporting me creatively and emotionally during final revisions; to The Loft Literary Center and the Jerome Foundation for grant support and to Nicole Oquendo, whose manuscript consultation was invaluable in the final stages; to Lynne and the incredible folks at The Operating System for giving my book a home and for being a community I am grateful and humbled to be a part of; and to my family near and far, both biological and chosen, without whom I would not be here to make the work in the first place.

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