writing portfolio

As a writer, I work in a number of areas and am always interested in tackling new projects. Currently, I write a monthly sex column for In Toronto Magazine, and my erotic short stories and essays appear in a number of recent and forthcoming anthologies. I’m also working on my first (non-fiction) book, with at least two others in the pipeline after that, based in part on my blog posts here. Last but not least, as a result of my graduate work, I’ve got a couple of scholarly articles forthcoming, among others in the first-ever anthology on Canadian history of sexuality, based on the proceedings from the We Demand conference of August 2011.

If you’d like to hire me for a writing project or solicit a contribution to a collection, feel free to e-mail me at veryqueer3 at yahoo dot ca.

Here are some examples of where you can find my writing, updated as of December 2012.

Journalism

  • Column: I’m currently the monthly sex columnist for In Toronto Magazine, with Ask the Sex Geek. I accept questions anytime you have ‘em! E-mail me at veryqueer3 at yahoo dot ca or find me on Twitter at @sexgeekAZ.
  • Features and news:  Since 2005, I’ve written features and news stories on a wide range of topics, generally related to LGBT and feminist issues, for queer publications including the Montreal Mirror (now defunct), Xtra! (Toronto), Capital Xtra! (Ottawa, now defunct) and Outlooks Magazine (a Canadian magazine). I’ve interviewed big stars such as RuPaul and Martina Navritolova, and I’ve written about underground communities such as Montreal’s drag king scene and Toronto’s puppy play enthusiasts. I’ve investigated Toronto’s swingers’ clubs to see if they’re queer-friendly, chatted with gay comedians, brought media focus to trans and queer health issues, and written major feature articles on such topics as sexual shame. I wrote the first article on Montreal’s emerging roller derby scene in the mid-2000s and the first-ever mainstream media article reporting on FetLife.com. Scroll down to the bottom for links to (most of) my journalism work.

Porn

My erotic short stories have been featured in several anthologies and magazines, including:

Essay collections

Magazines and journals

  • “Where Is It Safe2Pee? An Irreverent Interview with Bailey Stevens of Safe2Pee.org.” Women and Environments International Magazine, Winter 2009, “XYZ Trans-Formations of Urban Space: Transgendered and Transsexual Experiences of the City.”
  • “Notes from Outside the Gender Spectrum.” Other Magazine, Issue 12 “Bad Gender,” July 2007, p. 11-15.
  • “To Lesbians with Love: In Defence of Bi Girls.” The Fence, vol. 6, 2005, p. 4-6.
  • “Of Blood and Kisses.” Treize Revue Lesbienne no. 59, spring 2005, p. 5-6.
  • “SM 101.” The Fence, vol. 4, 2004, p. 32-34.
  • “Snapshots of a Bi Girl’s Life.” The Fence, vol. 3, 2003, p. 10-12.

Websites

In addition to this here blog…

  • “The Eternal Closet” on openpoly.net, August 2010.
  • “What Trans Erotica Gets Wrong” on alternet.org. July 24, 2008.

For private clients

Here’s a summary. For a detailed list under each category, with links, scroll down to the very bottom!

  • Copy: I write (almost) all the copy for the Unholy Harvest website, the annual Canadian leatherdyke event I co-organize. If you want a sense of my copywriting abilities, it’s probably the best place to look!
  • Film writing: On and off over the last ten years, I’ve written film synopses for the festival programs for Inside/Out LGBT Film Festival (Toronto) and Image+Nation LGBT Film Festival (Montreal). I’ve also done editing, proofreading and translation work for both festivals.
  • Book reviews: I have written reviews for CandianLesbianLiterature.ca and NoMorePotlucks.org, among others.
  • Web content:I wrote for the website go-montreal.com for a few months in 2005, and my articles are still getting traffic today.

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Since you wanted the details, here are links to most of the articles I’ve written for newspapers and magazines, up to date as of December 2012.

Journal and magazine articles

Outlooks: Canada’s GLBT Magazine:

Newspaper articles

Capital Xtra, Ottawa

Xtra! Toronto

Montreal Mirror

NOTE: The Mirror went belly-up in spring 2012, and Quebecor, in one fell swoop, took down the paper’s website including all of its archives. As a result, none of the links below will work anymore. As a scholar of history, I think this is practically criminal – digital archives are crucial in this day and age, and the Mirror held a huge place in the hearts of English-speaking Montrealers and well beyond.

Book reviews

  • What Trans Erotica Gets Wrong.” Review of Transgender Erotica: Trans Figures, ed. M. Christian, New York: The Haworth Press, 2006. AlterNet.org, July 24, 2008. Originally published on http://sexgeek.wordpress.com; reprinted by request of AlterNet.org.
  • Review of Sons of the Movement: FtMs Risking Incoherence on a Post-Queer Cultural Landscape by Jean Bobby Noble, Toronto: Women’s Press, 2006. NoMorePotlucks.org, May 19, 2007.
  • Numerous book reviews for the annotated online bibliography CanadianLesbianLiterature.ca, ed. Nairne Holtz. Titles reviewed (throughout 2006 and 2007, publication dates not specified). NOTE: Nairne took down this website in 2010 or thereabouts. She tells me she’s considering publishing it as a book at some point, but for now it remains unavailable.
    • Alonzo, Anne-Marie. Galia que’lle nommait amour. Laval: Les Éditions Trois, 1995.
    • Auger, Lise. Ev Anckert. Laval: Les Éditions Trois, 1994.
    • Beaulieu, Germaine. Textures en textes. Montreal: Éditions du Noroît, 1986.
    • Charest, Danielle. L’entrave. Paris: Éditions du Masque, 2002.
    • Harou, Lise. À propos de Maude. Montreal: VLB Éditeur, 1986.
    • Jutras, Jeanne-d’Arc. Délira Cannelle. Montreal: Éditions Québec/Amérique, 1983.
    • Yvon, Josée. Maîtresses-Cherokees. Montreal: VLB Éditeur & Le Castor astral, 1986.

Film reviews

Reviews for the Inside/Out Film Festival program and website, May 2009 (search by title for my reviews).

  • The New Twenty. Dir. Chris Mason Johnson. DVD. 2009.
  • America: Love It, Or… Dir. Nancy Rosenblum. DVD. 2009.
  • Ask Not. Johnny Symons. DVD. 2008.
  • Sex My Life. Bahman Motamedian. DVD. 2008.
  • The Other War. Tamar Glezerman. DVD. 2008.
  • Seeds of Summer (Zirei Kayitz). Hen Lasker. DVD. 2008.

Reviews for the Inside/Out Film Festival program and website, May 2008 (search by title for my reviews).

  • The Believers. Dir. Todd Holland. DVD. 2007.
  • Like a Virgin. Dir. Lee Hae-yeong and Lee Hae-jun. DVD. 2006.
  • Mulligans. Dir. Chip Hale. DVD. Border2Border Entertainment, 2008.
  • Out at the Wedding. Dir. Lee Friedlander. DVD. Goff-Kellam Productions, 2007.
  • Punch Like a Girl. Dir. Maya Gallus and Justine Pimlott. DVD. 2007.
  • Searching 4 Sandeep. Dir. Poppy Stockell. DVD. Cecilia Ritchie, 2007.
  • Shelter. Dir. Jonah Markowitz. DVD. Here! Films, 2007.
  • Stealth / Comme des voleurs (à l’est). Dir. Lionel Baier. DVD. Saga-Productions, 2006.
  • This Kiss. Dir. Kyle Eddie. DVD. The Australian Film Commission, 2007.
  • The Walker. Dir. Paul Schrader. DVD. Kintop Pictures, 2007.
  • Water Lilies. Dir. Céline Sciamma. DVD. Balthazar Productions, 2007.
  • The World Unseen. Dir. Shamim Saif. DVD. DO Productions, 2007.
  • You Belong to Me. Dir. Sam Zalutsky. DVD. Wolfe, 2007.

Reviews for the Image+Nation Montreal International LGBT Film Festival program and website, May 2007  (search “AZ” for my reviews).

  • D’ici et d’ailleurs. Dir. Nada Raphael. DVD. 2007.
  • Dialogue sur l’homoparentalité. Dir. Julie Huard. DVD. 2007.
  • A Four Letter Word. Dir. Casper Andreas. DVD. Embrem Entertainment, 2007.
  • In Search of the Wild Kingdom. Dir. Shine Louise Houston. DVD. Pink and White Productions, 2006.
  • Itty Bitty Titty Committee. Dir. Jamie Babbit. DVD. Power Up Films, 2007.
  • She’s a Boy I Knew. Dir. Gwen Haworth. DVD. Shapeshifter Films, 2007.
  • Tick Tock Lullaby. Dir. Lisa Gornick. DVD. Valiant Doll, 2007.
  • Times Have Been Better. Dir. Régis Musset. DVD. BE-FILMS, 2007.
  • Triple X Selects The Best of Lezsploitation. Dir. Michelle Johnson. DVD. 2007.
  • The Two Sides of the Bed. Dir. Emilio Martínez Lázaro. DVD. Telespan 2000, 2005.

Web writing

The following articles are all from my brief stint writing for Go-Montreal.com in 2005.

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