Essays, Reviews, & Criticism

* The Bliss Point (Tin House; forthcoming)

* Both Ways (Gulf Coast)

* How to Write a Feminist "Dead Girl" Story (The Paris Review)

Chelsey Johnson’s ‘Stray City’ Deals with Queer Reality, Not Queer Theory (Electric Literature)

The Beautiful Bad Dreams of Carmen Maria Machado (Guernica)

The Bloody Catharsis of Femme Revenge (Literary Hub)

Soft Men with Hungry Hearts (Electric Literature)

When White Supremacy Gets Road Rage (Guernica)

Notes on Frump: A Style for the Rest of Us (Alma)

       ==> republished on BUST Magazine

Notes From a Young Professor: Writing and Teaching Through Charlottesville’s Culture Wars (Catapult

* BBC Story on Roadkill Cookoff is Lazy, Classist Clickbait (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)

M-E Girard’s Novel “Girl Mans Up” Powerfully Explores Minefields of Gender (Autostraddle)

* The Ritualized Anger of a Queer Poet (Hyperallergic)

We still don’t know how to talk about Pennsatucky: The reality of rural sexual assault and how class plays out in “Orange Is the New Black” (Salon)

Why I Helped Search for Missing UVA Student Hannah Graham (The New Republic)



*Help Me or Soon I Will Die: On the Electrosensitive Community of Green Bank, West Virginia (Logic)

*After Charlottesville, More Counterprotestors Are Being Arrested Than White Supremacists (Splinter)

West Virginia Rises to Protect LGBTQ Rights (Yes! Magazine)

No Elitist Farmers Market Here—Free Healthy Food and Profits for Farmers (Yes! Magazine)

Charlottesville, “happiest city in America” — but for whom? (Salon)

Activists Warned of Violence in Charlottesville. The City Didn't Listen. (Splinter)

'I Am a Girl Now,' Sage Smith Wrote. Then She Went Missing (Splinter

       ==> nominated for a GLAAD media award for Outstanding Digital Journalism

       ==> nominated for a Deadline Club award for Newspaper/Digital Feature Reporting

       ==> named Best Crime Reporting 2017 by Longreads

       ==> republished on LongformJezebel, The Root, & Deadspin

       ==> read more than 100,000 times

Citizens Begin Reclaiming Coal Country After Decades of Corporate Land Grabs (Yes! Magazine)

Three Decades After Philly Dropped a Bomb on Its Home, MOVE Org Survives (VICE)

This Kentucky County Is Starting Its Own Broadband Network (VICE)

* Public Record, Astronomical Price (The Marshall Project)

        ==> republished on Slate 

Job-spurring grants in Appalachia are targeted in Trump’s budget. Here’s whats on the line (100 Days in Appalachia)

The Biggest Losers Under Trumpcare--Rural Women (The Daily Yonder)

* While cities protest, some rural resistors are going back to the land in West Virginia (100 Days in Appalachia)

* A group of working Philadelphia teachers is looking to upset the status quo (Salon)

* 'The N word is a horrible word but how is it a threat?' A search for justice after a terrifying racial violation (Salon)

Hate speech aimed at a beloved biracial family in this tiny West Virginia town sparks fear — and a “love fest”  (Salon)