writing & editing

• academic papers, theses, & dissertations

• memoirs & essay or book-length non-fiction

• grant proposals, brochures, and annual reports

• website content & social media campaigns

I bring over two decades of experience working in higher education and the non-profit sector, as well as with independent authors on book-length nonfiction projects.

In these capacities, I've helped individuals and organizations effectively reach a wide range of audiences including funders, grant managers, news media, and community stakeholders.

I've helped translate opaque goals into vivid calls to action, and distilled dense policy and legal issues into plain English, revealing their essence as forces impacting everyday life.

Whether your project is a few dozen paragraphs or a few hundred pages, half- or fully-baked: let me help you realize its greatest potential.



In print

  • “Confessions of a Lesbian Dad,” essay in Confessions of the Other Mother, ed. Harlyn Aizley (Boston: Beacon, 2006). Confessions of the Other Mother was a finalist for Best Anthology in the 2006 Lambda Literary Awards.




  • "Working With LGBTQ Families: A Fact Sheet," published November, 2017 by the National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families, a service of the Office of Family Assistance, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


  • Lesbian Dad: notes from the crossroads of mother and father. A personal essay and photography blog published actively from 2006 to 2013, passively thereafter. Upwards of 1,200 posts. Unless noted, all photographs are mine; all the writing is.


  • VillageQ: where queer meets family. LGBTQ Family magazine site, formerly Lesbian Family. Co-founded and served as Editor-in-Chief from 2012 to 2014.



Quoted or profiled







On video

"Thanks Giving"


Delivered at BlogHer's first Voices of the Year Community Keynote, San Francisco, 2008.

"Straight On 'Til Morning"


Delivered at Listen to Your Mother,

San Francisco, 2013.

"Ten Lessons from Ten Years Blogging as Lesbian Dad"


Delivered as one of the 10x10 Keynotes, BlogHer Conference, San José, 2014.


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