Occasionally, Chris writes stuff! Here are some of their published works.
- “Every world is my world (I will learn to survive,” Ghost Heart Literary Journal, March 7, 2021. A creative non-fiction piece about the summer of 1993 I spent trying to capture the perfect copy of “Ordinary World” from the radio and reading all the Richard Peck, LJ Smith, and Christopher Pike books available at the Brown County Library – East Branch Young Adult section, in an effort to find a secret pathway into a different world where I’d be accepted and celebrated. CW: mention of arson and mention of an ableist word “crazy” in the context of song lyrics.
- “It Doesn’t Get Better, But We Do,” Stellium Literary Magazine, February 5, 2021. A reaction to reading the It Gets Better book, which doesn’t cover the myriad of experiences where it doesn’t immediately “get better” when high school ends – the time when a lot of white, cisgender people immediately gain agency or leave their oppressive environments for college or “a new start” – something not always afforded or affordable to others in the community. But we get better.
- “What Color Am I,” Elevator Stories, January 30, 2021. A creative non-fiction piece illustrating how mixed-raced kids experience growing up mixed-race, feeling not enough of any one thing to belong. And how often, it takes us until our adulthood to process it all if we aren’t raised with a kinship network of people like us. CW: racism.
- “Always Give a Cost of Living Increase – Yes, Especially After 2020,” Community-Centric Fundraising, January 12, 2021. Essay on why employers should always give a cost-of-living increase. Not all employees have the same ability to weather financial hits as they come, and a lot of that will have to do with our histories, which, of course, has a lot to do with our intersections. Passion exploitation can damage marginalized staffs’ long-term financial security.
- “If one wants to survive a hostile world, one must adapt,” Mixed Mag, November 25, 2020. A creative non-fiction piece that names some of the survival adaptations in nature and in BIPOC individuals. CW: mentions of Indigenous trauma.
- “Making Three Separate Piles,” Ayaskala, November 6, 2020. A creative non-fiction piece about how I’ve trained my brain to automate a process of storing memories that emphasizes the bad, enjoy and forget the good, and not notice the neutral moments. CW: mentions of anxiety, a white supremacist, and anti-trans rhetoric.
- “Disparate List Items for the Child Who May Come Next,” dreams walking, September 23, 2020. A creative non-fiction piece about how an incident (or series of incidents) can trigger a trauma response tied to something deeper. CW: mentions of racism, physical abuse, and sexual abuse. Page 25.
- “I’ve always been like a freight train,” Ghost Heart Lit, September 4, 2020. A creative non-fiction piece about the journey to connect with my Indigeneity and find my people. CW: discussion around Indigenous trauma.
- “When Time Stopped at Gunther Toody’s,” Cat on a Leash Review, July 3, 2019. Winner of the Editor’s Choice Prize. This SciFi short story is a response to the phenomena that all people in marginalized communities experience – namely that no one else seems to notice when things go horribly wrong. CW: racism, homophobia, transphobia.