selected essays

“The Rumble Underground”
Uncanny earthquake songs & the United States Geological Survey. Audio footnotes included!
The California Sunday Magazine, October 2016, Special Issue: Sound
*read & listen here*

“Punk Nerd Grrrl”
So Cal barrio roots, bookishness & Riot Grrrls. The story of my origin.
Here She Comes Now: Women in Music Who Have Changed Our Lives
Edited by Marc Weingarten and Jeff Gordinier (Rare Bird Books, 2015)

“Once Upon a Time…”
Marriage Equality is radical…and romantic!
(Akashic Books, 2013)
*read here*

“Quince Never Was”
My Goth Sweet 15. For real.
Fifteen Candles: Tales of Taffeta, Hairspray, Drunk Uncles, and other QuinceaƱera Stories
Edited by Adriana Lopez (HarperCollins, 2007)

“S.W.A.K.”
An ode to red lipstick, from ancient Aztec to punk rock pout.
It’s So You: 35 Women Write About Personal Expression Through Fashion & Style
Edited by Michelle Tea (Seal Press, 2007)