Selected CV


Books, Chapbooks

Why Dust Shall Never Settle Upon This Soul, Biyuti Press, Spring 2015. ((2016 Lambda Award Finalist, Transgender Poetry)

He Mele A Hilo, Topside Signature Press, forthcoming, April 2014

Seasonal Velocities: Poems, Stories, Essays, Trans-Genre Press, March 2012. (2013 Lambda Award Finalist, Transgender Nonfiction)

Sometimes Too Hot the Eye of Heaven Shines, Winner, Eli Coppola Prize, Radar Publications/Inconvenient Press 2010.

What’s Not to Love?, 2008

A Sardine Christmas, 2007

When Chocolate Tastes Like Someone Else’s Dream, 2005

Of the Cross, 2004

Never Throw Anything in the Fishpond, 2003

What Happen When the Screen Door Breaks, 2002


“The Gift” in Meanwhile, Elsewhere forthcoming, Topside Press, 2017.

“Of Flash, Queer, and the Myths of a Cave, ”State of Flash, Nano Fiction, Summer 2016

“Why I Write” Publisher’s Weekly, 2015

“Falafel” No More Potlucks <> March 2015

“Sakura, Ayame, and a Cotton Judogi” Untangling the Knot, Carter Sickels, Ed. Ooligan Press, Feb 2015

“The Mark of a Good Day” Everyday Genius <>, Feb 20, 2014

“To the New World” The Collection, Topside Press, September 2012. (2013 Lambda Award Finalist, Transgender Fiction)

“When Something is Not Right,” Transfeminist Perspectives in and Beyond Transgender and Gender Studies, Temple University Press, Spring 2012. (2013 Lambda Award Finalist, Transgender Nonfiction)

“On Living Well and Coming Free” Gender Outlaws—the Next Generation, Seal Press, August 2010.

“Home Now” American Eyes, New Asian American Short Stories for Young Adults Lori Carlson, ed. , Henry Holt, New York, NY 1995. (American Library Association Award Winner)


Selected poems, Tandem Volume 2, Bicycle Comics Productions; 2 edition, November 15, 2013

“Indigenous,” “Oh! Sons of Adam” Hummingbird Review, Winter/Spring 2011

“She Talks of Suicide Bombers,” “After the Storm and Before,” “The Secret of Prophecy,” Many Mountains Moving 2011.


“I Tell Myself It’s Me,” Riot Acts Soundtrack, December 1, 2012

“≤?” Queer Music Heritage, 2011, TransFusions 2, TransGenre Records, 2010



“Creative Nonfiction in the Age of Trans New Wave” Non Fiction NOW Conference, University of Iceland, Reykjavik Iceland, June 3, 2017.

Commencement Address, Lavender Graduation, Chapman University, Orange, CA, May 5, 2017.

Keynote Address, “Asians Collaborating Together Conference” 2017, Seattle, Washington, May 6, 2017

Panelist, “Quintessentially Queer LA” Lambda Lit Fest, Los Angeles, CA March 11, 2017

Panelist, “Ensuring/Enduring Presence: Transgender People of Color—Artists, Editors, and Publishers” AWP Conference, Washington, DC, February 9, 2017

Keynote, “Okaeri—Japanese American LGBT Conference, Los Angeles, CA, October 15, 2016

Panelist, “In Whose Image: Trans and Genderqueer Writers on Magic, Spirituality, and (the Bodies of) G-d” Los Angeles, AWP Conference April 2, 2016

Keynote Address, Asterisk Trans Conference, UC Riverside, Riverside, CA February 27, 2016.

Keynote Address, Asian Pacific American Awareness Conference, UC Irvine, Irvine, CA Jan 24, 2015.

Keynote Address, Trans Week, Brown University, Providence, RI November 12, 2014

Keynote Address, “On Writing, Identity, and Publication” Southern California Writers Conference, Irvine, CA, Sept 21, 2014

“Why I Care Who Writes the Words that Touch My Heart,” Writing Trans Genres Conference, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Canada, March 12, 2014.

Commencement Address, Lavender Graduation, Cal State Fullerton, Fullerton, CA May 15, 2013

Keynote Address, Transgender Awareness Week, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, November 19, 2012.

“An Activism of One’s Own,” Northeastern University, Boston, MA, November 19, 2012.

“Vampires, Zombies, and Werewolves: A Workshop of Self Defense for LGBT Youth” Models of Pride, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, October 13, 2012.

Opening Panel, Models of Pride, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, October 13, 2012.

“Staking Our Claim: Trans Womens’ Literature in the 21st Century” Barnard College, NY, NY, October 8, 2012.

“An Activism of One’s Own,” Ladyfest Inland Empire, Riverside, CA, August 10, 2012

API Week, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, April 2012.

Commencement Address, Lavender Graduation, Cal Poly Pomona, Pomona, CA May 15, 2012

“Race, Gender, and Rice Balls” Claremont College, Claremont, CA, February 24, 2012

Keynote Address, QPOC Conference, UC Riverside, Riverside, CA 2011.



“Proud Story Slam” Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA March 25, 2017

Valley Poetry Reading, Van Nuys CA, Feb 25, 2017

“Literary Death Match” Hammer Museum. Los Angeles, CA Sept 15, 2016

Whitman College, Walla Walla WA, 2/28/2015

Literary Uprising Series, Antioch University Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, Feb 17, 2015

RADAR Reading Series, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, CA, Feb 12, 2015.

Homocentric, Stories Books and Café, Los Angeles, December 14 2013

Lambda Awards Finalist Reading, West Hollywood City Hall, April 27, 2013

Rainbow Book Fair, New York, NY, April 13, 2013.

University of Wisconsin, Madison, Madison, WI, November 16, 2012.

“In Search of Geishaghost,” Morphologies Festival, Pangea Theatre, Minneapolis, MN November 12, 2012

Seasonal Velocities Release, The Loft Literary Center/Café SouthSide, Minneapolis, MN November 8, 2012

Giovanni’s Room, Philadelphia, PA, October 19, 2012

RADAR Reading Series, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, CA, August 15, 2012.

Seasonal Velocities Release, South Bay LGBT Center, Torrance, CA, July 29, 2012

Seasonal Velocities Release, Charis Bookstore, Atlanta, GA, July 19, 2012

Seasonal Velocities Release, Modern Times Bookstore, San Francisco, CA, June 13, 2012

Seasonal Velocities Release, Homocentric, Stories Cafe Los Angeles, CA, May 17, 2012

Seasonal Velocities Release, Denver Zine Library, Denver, CO, April 13, 2012

Claremont College, Claremont, CA Feb. 22, 2012



Riot Acts (USA, 2010) Directed by Sam Feder and Jules Rosskam

Diagnosing Difference, (USA, 2010) Directed by Anneliese Ophelian

Trans Art, (USA, 2006) Directed by Maricar Camaya

Trans Feminism, (USA, forthcoming) Directed by Sam Feder and Jules Rosskam



“Trans Poetics Roundtable” Gulf Coast, Summer 2017

“No Dust Here” Matador Review, Summer 2017

“Disabiilty in He Mele A Hilo” Easter Seals Thrive, 2016

“Why I Write” Publisher’s Weekly May 2015

Queer and Trans Artists of Color: Stories of Some of Our Lives with Nia King, June 5, 2014

“No Queer is an Island” with Nia King on We Want the Airwaves, May 14, 2013

“Three Umpires Walk Into a Bar” Lambda Literary Online, September 12, 2012,

Ryka Aoki and DeWayne Dickerson, <> August 12, 2012

A-Line Magazine, <> April 23, 2012

Bodies of Work, <> March 30, 2012

“Perpetual Change” Transgender Forum, July 5, 2010



2016 Lambda Literary Finalist for Why Dust Shall Never Settle Upon This Soul.

2013 Lambda Literary Finalist for Seasonal Velocities.

2012 Outstanding Volunteer, for Child and Family Services, LA Gay and Lesbian Center.

Eli Coppola Chapbook Prize for Sometimes to Hot the Eye of Heaven Shines, 2010.

Certificate of Recognition, for “extraordinary commitment to free speech and artistic expression, as well as the visibility and well-being of Transgender people.” California State Senate, November 2003

“Our World” and “Little Girl/Little Boy” named “Official Songs of Peace” by the American Association of Hiroshima/Nagasaki A-Bomb Survivors. September 2001

Chesterfield Film Writing Competition, Semi-Finalist 2000

Poetry in the Windows, First Prize, Los Angeles Poetry Festival, April, 1999

Outstanding Teacher, Santa Monica College International Students Union, August 1994

Academy of American Poets University Prize, Cornell University, 1991

The Corson-Bishop Poetry Award, Cornell University, 1991