Check out some of my favorite nonfiction pieces!

Click on the titles below to show a preview and a link to some of the nonfiction articles and essays I’m proud of! 

When I was a kid, I enjoyed Valentine’s Day. It meant that I could give people things that expressed my platonic love for them. It gave me a chance to make or buy little cards with little messages of affection that we’d all put in each other’s handmade mailboxes on our desks. It was great to be able to share that with my friends from school. What could possibly be better than a day that dedicated to celebrating all the people that you love?

Unfortunately, my feelings toward the holiday have gotten more complicated as I’ve gotten older.

Read the Full Article on EquallyWed!

When it comes to the book publishing industry, there are a lot of barriers to inclusivity and diversity. Editors and publishers sometimes claim that books by and about marginalized communities do not sell, and many refuse to give underrepresented authors a chance to even try and sell their work. Recently, however, many groups within book publishing have started to push back by tracking the field’s diversity through reports and infographics, to illustrate the lack of books published by non-allocishet white people.

 

Read the full article on VIDA!

I was excited about Netflix’s Grace and Frankie from the moment I heard about it in late 2014. 

If you haven’t watched the show, it is a dramedy featuring Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston playing two men, Robert and Sol, who have fallen in love with each other over the last 20 years as law partners, and their now ex-wives, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as Grace and Frankie, picking up the pieces of their lives together. 

You had me from there. That the series really focuses on the two women was an added bonus. Grace and Frankie does a lot of things really well, but there is one thing about the show’s execution that feels lackluster to me — the complete lack of discussion about Sol being bi or pansexual, or bi or panromantic.

In fact, the words have never even been used on the show. 

Read the full article on Global Comment now!

Le Button and Aydin Kwan first met as fellow students the Masters of Library Science Program at the University of Washington. They got to know one another little by little, and realized they were the perfect partners for this. Thus their semester-long capstone project was born for their master’s program – the Queer Comics Database.

Read the full article on Let’s Fox About It now

CHATHAM — Saturday’s rally in Charlottesville has prompted many cities across the nation to remove Confederate monuments, or begin discussing the value of keeping those monuments in public spaces in their communities.

That discussion has been ongoing locally for years, thanks to Danville’s and Pittsylvania County’s rich histories, which stretches back before the Civil War. In fact, the city of Danville is known to Civil War buffs as the Last Capital of the Confederacy.

Read the Full Article on GoDanRiver.

Steve Scott started running when the new Danville Family YMCA was built in 2014, because they didn’t include racquetball in their new equipment.

Before then, he’d “never run a day in his life.”

In April, Scott will be running in the Boston Marathon, along with two other friends from the Danville area, thanks to encouragement from The Brick, a running store, on Main Street.

Read the Full Article on GoDanRiver

Though it might not be something to cross the radar of many people, this particular dairy product has caught the attention of a few state legislators.

In fact, a pair of identical bills seeks to change the law now regulating how people in Virginia get the product, which is done much like buying a time share, except in this instance it’s a cow.

Read the Full Article on GoDanRiver.