A list of my published writing:


Summer 2017: Beltway Poetry Quarterly’s “Portfolio” issue includes three poems by me.

February 16, 2017: Do some trauma survivors cope by overworking? Read my original reporting in The Atlantic.

October 11, 2016: Why was I so out and proud until I became a college professor? I tell a complicated coming out story in The Washington Post.

October 11, 2016: In The Atlantic, I write about a small marine community in Maine doing innovative things in the classroom.

September 2016: My poems about bodily integrity and my love for dancers appear in Public Pool.

Spring 2016: My poetry appears in Beltway Poetry Quarterly’s LGBTQ issue.

1/9/2016: PANK Magazine runs my full translation of a Russian short story from the 1800s, which some consider to be the basis for George Orwell’s “Animal Farm.” [see Harper’s below for context]

12/17/2015: Harper’s Magazine runs excerpts of my translation of a Russian short story from the 1800s, alongside an essay from John Reed arguing that it was the basis for George Orwell’s “Animal Farm.”

8/28/2015: I reflect on the time I spent in the New Orleans area after Hurricane Katrina. Read my essay about disaster tourism, being an “outsider,” resilience, and race. I worked on this one for the better part of the last decade. [The Nervous Breakdown]

4/14/2015: Former Chicago Police Chief Jon Burge brutally tortured black men during his time in the department. Efforts to memorialize this atrocity can teach us a lot about facing state-sanctioned violence. [Pacific Standard]

April 2015: Defeating the lie that poetry is dead one review at a time: I describe Abdul Ali‘s debut as a “sleepless night spent thinking of things that failed to kill but still torment.” I speak to Carolyn Forché, one of my favorite poets, about the intersections of literary art and social justice. [Washington City Paper]

March 2015: I write about my three years as an adjunct professor and get 1,200+ comments. [The Washington Post]

1/17/2015: The most important essay I’ve written to date. On the bombing I survived at 13 years old. [Pacific Standard]

Winter 2015: I review “The Man Between: Michael Henry Heim and a Life in Translation” for The Quarterly Conversation.

11/20/2014: On the politics inherent in literary translation, for Words Without Borders.

6/5/2014: I have several articles in Washington City Paper, as part of the “Encyclopedia of Gay D.C.” issue.

8/29/2013: My translation of a wonderful Russian short story appears in VICE magazine.

3/18/2013: I write about Mikhail Shishkin, Russian literary dissident, in a post for Three Percent, the blog of Open Letter Books. (Feministing then linked to this post here.)

2/22/2013: My profile of Brighton Beach community leader Pat Singer is up at The Jewish Daily Forward.

11/2/2012The Millions publishes my essay about the death of famed literary translator Michael Henry Heim.

Fall 2012: My essay about Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood appears in the Crab Orchard Review.

6/4/2012: Review of a Russian poet’s appearance in NYC, written for Circumference.

Summer 2012The Massachusetts Review publishes more of my translations.

Summer 2012The Literary Review publishes my translations of Russian prose.

2/20/2012: Grout publishes my essay about hybrid nonfiction forms.

Spring 2012: I review a documentary about Anna Politkovskaya for Bitch magazine.

Winter 2012: My review of the reality TV show “Russian Dolls” appears in Bitch Magazine.

08/17/2011: My prose poem, “reeds,” appears in The Prose-Poem Project.

04/07/11: Confronting Cruelty, Q&A with Cecilia Ballí on emotional storytelling for DartCenter.org.

11/12/10: Haiti’s Crisis Could Help Revive Its Journalism, an article for DartCenter.org.

06/15/10: An article about trauma in the Gulf after the oil spill, for DartCenter.org.

12/10/09: “Facebook Won’t Kill The Class Reunion,” an article for Campus Progress.

11/11/09: My writing is featured on the blog of The New Yorker (see “Sorting…”). (The post was originally written for the now defunct literary blog LitDrift.)

06/12/09: My favorite Russian blog reviewed for Campus Progress (scroll down).

08/12/08: Guest on XM Radio’s The Progressive Beat (full audio, scroll down to August 12, 2008).

05/01/08: Video interview with Iraq expert Nir Rosen for Campus Progress.

04/28/08: Interview with Presidential Candidate Mike Gravel for Campus Progress.

03/20/08: Iraq War protest photo essay for Campus Progress.

01/16/07: Review of National Conference for Media Reform for NewAssignment.net.

01/15/07: Interview with DailyKos blogger for NewAssignment.net.

02/16/07: Radio newscast about antiwar protests for Free Speech Radio News.

Winter 07: For We Work! Magazine, an article about gay marriage amendments.

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