Out of Step: A Memoir
Out of Step: a memoir is the story of 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. 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.”
Out of Step: A Memoir is available now from Mad Creek Books (The literary imprint of Ohio State University Press). Ask your local bookstore to order you a copy, or buy directly from the press.
Go to the Ant, O Sluggard
This chapbook is a small collection of poems about work in the age of anxiety. It is a collection of “fibs,” a contemporary poetic form, that explores gender, labor, self, and capital in the office environment. Moll explores how workers must flatten the things that matter to them, the things that make us human, as they navigate the modern workplace. Find the collection here.
Incoming: Veteran Writers On Coming Home
Incoming features true stories from American veterans and service members, in their own words, surrounding the process of returning home from deployment, and transitioning back to civilian life. Honest, hilarious, and harrowing, these are beautifully crafted and necessary narratives to help readers of any background begin to understand why the most difficult battle often begins once war ends.
My story “Last Year” was published in this anthology of writing from military and veteran authors. Find the anthology here.