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Painting Myself Blue
This piece is fun, salacious, and bittersweet, a full tour of my personality and my aspirations. It’s adapted from a speech I gave during the 2008 Transgender Week of Celebration at the University of Oregon, while I worked at the student Women’s Center there.


Maple and Ophelia
This is the story of a bitter teenager and a bratty little girl. I like it because I can identify strongly with both of the main characters. It’s not my childhood, my teen years, or my adulthood—it’s me.