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 now from Mad Creek Books (the literary imprint of Ohio State University Press).
- Read “Wrong as Two Boys,” and excerpt from my forthcoming memoir Out of Step, at The Journal: http://thejournalmag.org/archives/12461
- Listen to me read two stories from the forthcoming memoir recorded for KPBS San Diego, “Last Year” and “Mark 19”
Opinions & Book Review
I review books and run a sporadic column for Baltimore City Paper. My column, Wide Stance, examines LGBTQ+ life, culture, and politics in queer Baltimore and beyond. Here is just a bit of the work I’ve done for City Paper:
- James Franco is Not a Queer Poet
- Wide Stance: Can transgender war hero Kristin Beck unseat House institution Steny Hoyer?
- Mount Vernon keeps changing, but can it remain the gayborhood?
- Wide Stance: The Hippo is closing, but in a city like Baltimore, what’s the point of a gay bar?
- Baltimore’s First LGBT Heritage Walk Shines Light on Local History
Explore other published clips through the links below:
Rad Women A to Z (Print and Web)
GLBT Romance Panel (Print and Web)
Phillip & Fred (Print and Web)
Kinsey Sicks at the Creative Alliance (Print and Web)
Marylanders for Marriage Equality (Print and Web)
Will Power Party (Print and Web)
Ugandan Minister and Activist in Baltimore (Print and Web)