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Teacup Gorilla

dark indie-rock soundscapes with evocative poetry

CSS Tricks

blog for people who make websites

81 ‘writing’ episodes

2019

CSS Custom Properties @ Smashing Magazine

Pushing past the “variable” metaphor, CSS Custom Properties can provide new ways to balance context and isolation in our patterns and components.

PRF BBQ Denver @ The Bakery

dark indie-rock soundscapes with evocative poetry

Vagina Monologues @ Firehouse Art Center

unofficial, autobiographical, trans-femme monologue

2018

Vagina Monologues @ The People’s Building

unofficial, autobiographical, trans-femme monologue

Rejecting Maleness @ Journal of Mennonite Writing

The Journal of Mennonite Writing asked me to submit for their queer issue. I don’t identify as Mennonite, but I did grow up in the church, so I asked my friends what to write about. They suggested the common question: In a world without rigid gender roles, would anyone need to be trans?

Chosen Family (Thank You)

Yesterday, I shared an article about my impending surgery, and a request for help – both social and financial – as I go through this. I was embarrassed to ask, and not sure what to expect, but your response has been swift and overwhelming. I can’t thank you enough, but I’ll keep trying.

Mia’s Medical Upgrade

Denver Health has started offering vaginoplasty in addition to their other trans medical services. While I’ve been on the waitlist for various surgeons around the country, Denver Health called me this week to give me a date: September 10, less than two months away.

Speaking of Pride @ Invisible City

| Denver, CO

Minimalist music with fragments of memoir

Speaking of PrideGLBT Community Center

| Denver, CO

Minimalist music with fragments of memoir

Speaking of Pride @ Denver Public Library

| Denver, CO

Minimalist music with fragments of memoir

JANE/EYRE @ The Bakery

We are not here to flatter egotism, or prop up humbug; we are merely telling the [queer] story. We value what is good in the book; but we believe in the existence of other, and more vivid kinds of goodness.

2017

Sex, Love, & RomancePS I Love You

“I don’t have many guy friends, but my guitarist is one. Parting, I lean in for the cheek-kiss but he plants a good one right on my lips.”

(Mis)Gender

At the family vacation in Moab, everyone is doing their best. It’s not enough, and my day is peppered with the wrong name and pronouns. I hide in my room through dinner so they won’t see me crying.

Shifting Nouns @ Twined Fragments

“I’ve seen myself in the mirror. I find me… disorienting. What do they see that I don’t? Why aren’t they laughing at me?”

Mothers, Fathers, Husbands, Wives @ Twined Fragments

“Mother finds me at her wardrobe, in her pumps and pearls. What are you doing? Being a mommy. Are you, then? She clips on the earrings (they pinch!), reaches for her lipstick.”

Fun with Viewport UnitsCSS Tricks

Viewport units have been around for several years now, with near-perfect support in the major browsers, but I keep finding new and exciting ways to use them. I thought it would be fun to review the basics, and then round-up some of my favorite use-cases.

Body & Gender Fragments

I wasn’t born in the wrong body. I was born, a body. Without my body, I don’t exist.

Justice [Under Construction]

I’m still reeling from this year of insults,  a traumatizing campaign turned traumatic election. I’m not sad about a contest lost, but what those results mean for real people around me. 2016 is over, but 2017 is going to be even harder.

2016

Some Clarifications on Trans Language

There’s a lot of language that gets thrown around, but much of it comes loaded with over-simplified baggage and misconceptions. Here are a few that have been on my mind – from gender identity to biological sex, transition, passing, and visibility.

Some Kind of Resistance Tour

It’s been a month since our country pseudo-elected a bigoted blow-hard for president. I’m heading to DC to protest his inauguration in January, visit friends, and go on a mixed-media resistance tour…

Loops in CSS PreprocessorsCSS Tricks

No matter what acronym drives your selectors (BEM, OOCSS, SMACSS, ETC), loops can help keep your patterns more readable and maintainable, baking them directly into your code. We’ll take a look at what loops can do, and how to use them in the major CSS preprocessors.

Miriam: A How-To Guide

There are some questions that come up again and again if you are trans. A few of those questions are terrible, but most of them are well-intentioned. I’m lucky to have a supportive community around me, so I thought I’d write down my most common answers to help ease your stress about getting it right, and ease my stress about answering the same questions over and over.

Jump Start Sass @ SitePoint

Using Sass, you can write your stylesheets in a more concise, dynamic, and readable way, and cut down many of the repetitive tasks that come with writing vanilla CSS. This book provides a thorough introduction to Sass for the beginner.

2015

Riding SideSaddle* @ SpringGun Press

A fragmented memory of friendship – navigating fluid genders, relationships, and bodies that resist order, category, or completion. Inspired by Margaret Clap, and the many myths of Hermaphroditus.

2014

The Post-Obsolete BookELO Conference

in a Post-Obsolete World, as Represented by a Post-Obsolete Book About Dance

Teacup Gorilla @ Bouldering Poets Anniversary

dark indie-rock soundscapes with evocative poetry

2013

The Post-Obsolete Book @ Brakhage Center Media Arts

in a Post-Obsolete World, as Represented by a Post-Obsolete Book About Dance

The Post-Obsolete Book @ Media Archeology Lab | &Now Festival

in a Post-Obsolete World, as Represented by a Post-Obsolete Book About Dance

The Post-Obsolete Book @ SpringGun Journal, Issue 8

in a Post-Obsolete World, as Represented by a Post-Obsolete Book About Dance

The Post-Obsolete Book @ Boulder Writer’s Workshop

in a Post-Obsolete World, as Represented by a Post-Obsolete Book About Dance

Teacup Gorilla @ Bouldering Poets

dark indie-rock soundscapes with evocative poetry

2012

Fuck The Muse @ The Operating System

a series of articles on creative process

The Post-Obsolete BookSLSA 2012 – Electronic Literature and the Nonhuman

| Milwaukee, WI

in a Post-Obsolete World, as Represented by a Post-Obsolete Book About Dance

The Post-Obsolete Book @ Leon Presents a Reading Series #6

in a Post-Obsolete World, as Represented by a Post-Obsolete Book About Dance

The Post-Obsolete Book @ post-obsolete.com

An archival rhizome ecology in ten parts, and a reflection on the obsolescence of obsolescence – documented on the cloud, and open-sourced as a defense against post-post-obsolescence.

Education @ Naropa Summer Writing Program

theater, code, and creative writing

Into the Green Green Mud @ greengreenmud.com

A novel about new love, moving apart, and what comes next. A love story, and an after-love story – told wiith poetry and pictures.

2010

Script – Missa Populi

A modern, theatrical interpretation of the Catholic Mass – created by Grapefruit Lab and Teacup Gorilla.

Missa Populi @ PackingHouse Center for the Arts

Combining the sacrifice, transcendence, blood, and circumstance of the Catholic Mass with history, live music, science, dance, literature, and pop culture to find a wholly modern communion experience. What we have left is our selves, broken and battered, but surviving together.

2009

A Murder One Less @ Boulder International Fringe Festival

| Denver, CO

multimedia performance & theater ensemble

2005

Sadomasochism @ New World Arts

| Goshen, IN

ensemble theater and event space

2004

Every Other Day @ New World Arts

| Goshen, IN

ensemble theater and event space

In a Time of War @ New World Arts

| Goshen, IN

ensemble theater and event space

2001