Occasionally, Chris writes stuff! Here are some of their published works.

  • Why must the white cis nonprofit workers angry react to all my posts? Ep: ‘That’s just the way it is!’” Community-Centric Fundraising, August 8, 2022. An educomic about two ties white cis nonprofit folks got big mad when I brought up an equity issue when they didn’t want to hear them and how others can do better.
  • The Anniversary,” Rulerless: An Anarchist Anthology, pgs. 110-114, May 1, 2022. A short story based in my dehumanizing experiences at a Mercedez-Benz call center and in navigating “professional” spaces with majority white, cisgender, heterosexual, allosexual individuals as a queer, trans, mixed-race person.
  • Why does equitable need-based pay make white folks so scared?” Community-Centric Fundraising, March 10, 2022. Essay about how people with relative privilege often choose to uphold a status quo they know is inequitable because they’re afraid of how solutions might be implemented and because the status quo often does not harm them. I challenge those folks to envision better and make changes anyway.
  • Underpaid staff don’t need motivation, they need dollar bills and benefits,” Community-Centric Fundraising, January 10, 2022. Essay about how underpaying nonprofit workers is not an immutable fact of nonprofit work, but a series of choices made by (mostly rich, white) nonprofit leaders since the nonprofit sector was first thought into existence in 1867. And a list of “solutions” that are not replacements for small paychecks and some that may be (if your staff agrees to them).
  • Seeing Mémé,” All My Relations, Volume 1, pgs. 50-51, August 15, 2021. A comic about searching for my grandmother in my own features after her passing.
  • What is my style without limitiations?Just Femme and Dandy, June 12, 2021. A comic exploring my hopes and possibilities of what I could wear after gender affirming top surgery.
  • Three times trying a community-centric approach paid off,” Community-Centric Fundraising, May 4, 2021. Essay covering how “that’s how fundraising is” should not be the answer to “that’s not an equitable practice.” And three times I tried a community-centric approach and it paid off, including the time I organized a week-long, virtual education event and gave it away for free; the time I divested from AmazonSmile and immediately received donations equalling six years worth of disbursements; and the time I changed our sponsorship levels from dollar levels to a percentage of income.
  • 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.