I’m a queer, anarchist, Catholic poet, in a tradition that includes my major influences, like Saint Augustine, Oscar Wilde, Andy Warhol, W.H. Auden, and Ivan Illich. I grew up in a working-class white family in Appalachian Pennsylvania. At 18 years old, I fled to New York City to come out as a cis gay man and to study at The New School, where I earned a B.A. in 2008. For two years, I worked as a community organizer at United Food and Commercial Workers. In 2012, I earned an M.A. in Medieval Studies from Fordham. And in 2017, I earned a Ph.D. from CUNY (where my research won a prize for “Most Distinguished Dissertation” in English). Currently, I’m writing a history of gay public sex on the Mexico City subway.