Out of Step: A Memoir is here!

Front CoverIt’s here, everyone!

My first full-length book, Out of Step: A Memoir, is available today! It’s a literary (I hope) memoir about a bisexual, working-class kid joining the army during “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” It’s a queer, anti-war coming-of-age story, and I think both straight and LGBTQI+ readers will find something worthwhile in it.

The book was selected last year by Michael Kardos as the winner of the Non/Fiction Prize series from The Journal & The Ohio State University Press. The prize included publication with OSU Press’ literary imprint, Mad Creek Books.

Infinite thanks are due to everyone who helped to make this book possible. Writing is often considered a solitary endeavor, but the truth is that so many people make books possible. Michael had a team of faculty and graduate students supporting him as early readers and editors, and once he selected the work, a whole team of people at The Ohio State University Press put in over a year of work preparing, setting and promoting the book.

Before any of that happened, a core group of people supported both the work and my life as a writer, including my first reader, Ann Marie Brokmeier; my beta readers, Tyler Mendhelson and Michael B. Tager; my writing group (Tyler, Mandy, Tricia, Mary, Mychael and Andrew); and a number of retreats and residencies that allowed me to draft, expand and polish the work.

Anyway, thanks to everyone who made Out of Step: A Memoir possible. It’s now in the hands of booksellers and readers, and what happens to it next is up to you!

Ask your bookstore to order you a copy today, or
Order the book directly from OSU Press HERE, or
Check the events page and come pick up a copy in person.

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Events updated for Fall 2018

New events have been posted in the events tab! I’ll be all over this fall to promote Out of Step, so I look forward to seeing y’all out there in bookstores, cafes, bars and university venues!

Out of Step: A Memoir is Available for Preorder

Front CoverI am excited to announce that my first full-length book, Out of Step: A Memoir, is now available for preorder!

The official release date is 18 July, and readers can order now to have it shipped directly to them the moment it is available.

Here’s what writer and educator Michael Kardos, who selected the book as the winner of the 2017 Non/Fiction Collection Prize said about the book:

“Moll’s searing clarity, ear for language, and extraordinary range of storytelling methods imbue this essay collection with the musicality of a symphony and the intimacy of a treasured mix-tape. This is a stunning and important book.”

Preorder Out of Step: A Memoir here.

2017 Roundup

2017 Roundup

Last year was a banner year for me (and 2018 isn’t looking so bad either)! A lot of chances came my way, and a lot of people made it possible. Thank you to everyone who either offered me some sort of opportunity in 2017, or accepted and shared my work in some way, or came out to hear me read or lecture. Success is only possible through community, and I’m grateful for the opportunities my communities put together last year.

  • Published a brief work of CNF for the “First Times” column of Baltimore Style
  • Published a widely-shared review of George Bush’s new art book in Baltimore City Paper
  • Presented “Queer Across the Curriculum” at the 2017 NeMLA conference
  • Published a short work of CNF for the “Retrogamer” column of Cartridge Lit
  • Out of Step: a Memoir won the 2017 Non/Fiction Award from The Journal + The Ohio State University Press. It will be published by the press in summer of 2018
  • Finished my PhD coursework (Hire me!)
  • Presented “Queer, Trans and SGL Writers in Front of the Classroom” and hosted “Poetry of Anger and Resistance” at the annual OutWrite DC festival
  • An excerpt from my forthcoming book was published by The Journal
  • Presented “Womanist and Feminist Epistemologies in the Creative Writing Classroom” at the annual Creative Writing Studies Organization conference
  • Began teaching at Stevenson University
  • Attended Writers & Woods writing retreat (twice!)
  • Started a new books and pop culture podcast with friend and fellow poet Celeste Doaks

It was a good one! Again, thanks to everyone who helped make it happen. With a book release and plenty of events lined up, 2018 plans to be an even bigger year, so stay tuned for updates.

Big News!

Big news!

For the last several years I’ve been working on a manuscript that tells the story of my time in the U.S. military through a collection of essays, some straightforward, others more experimental.

I am excited to announce that that manuscript, Out of Step, has won the Non/Fiction Prize from The Journal/The Ohio State University Press. In addition to a small cash prize, I’ve been offered a contract with Mad Creek Books, the literary imprint of OSU Press.

Prize Winner

Out of Step is a memoir about a working-class bisexual boy running off to join the army during two wars and the era of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” It’s a queer coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of masculinity and secrecy.  I was a lot of things when I joined: punk, nerdy, left-leaning, poor, but never patriotic. So what makes a pink-haired queer raise his right hand to enlist just as the nation is charging into war? This isn’t a flag-waving memoir, or a classic war novel — it’s the stories of me figuring out who I am as I figure out where I fit.

I am absolutely honored to be selected, especially with how talented and brilliant the other finalists are. I just want to say thank you to the contest’s judge, Michael Kardos, for selecting the work and for seeing its value. I also want to thank everyone at The Journal and OSU Press, as well as any early readers who found and reviewed the work.

The book is expected to be released to the Fall 2018 catalog, so stay tuned for updates about the process and release dates.

Creative Writing Studies Conference

CRSOI just got word that I’ll be presenting at the 2017 Creative Writing Studies Conference in Black Mountain, North Carolina. The conference is hosted by the Creative Writing Studies Organization, which aims to elevate discourse and pedagogy on creative writing that is well-researched and theoretically grounded.

The theme this year is “Creative Writing Studies in Trump’s USA,” and I’ll be presenting on how womanist and feminist epistemologies can and should transform the way we think about and teach creative nonfiction. Really, I want writers and scholars to think about the way we define ‘nonfiction,’ and how an idea like ‘alternative facts’ is one that the can be deployed for transformative and social-justice-minded aims.

I look forward to hearing what other scholars are saying on this theme, and I hope that you are too. If you’re free November 10-13th, come catch the conference.

Review: George W. Bush’s Paintings

 

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In case you missed it, I recently shared some of my thoughts on George W. Bush’s new book, Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors. The work shares a collection of oil paintings Bush has created of injured military veterans of the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a military veteran myself, I feel pretty strongly about the 43rd president and his role in the war, so as a book reviewer, I found myself feeling almost obligated to check this one out.

Here’s what I wrote for Baltimore City Paper:

http://www.citypaper.com/blogs/noise/bcpnews-portrait-of-the-war-president-as-an-artist-20170315-story.html