Award winning author and VCCA Fellow, tammy was born in Midland, Texas. SUGAR LAND is her debut novel. She's been published two dozen times in journals and anthologies and is also the publisher of Gertrude and wrangler of GERTIE queer book club.
tammy attended the Tin House Workshop twice, earned her MFA from Antioch University, won a fellowship to the 2012 SLS Summer Seminar in Kenya and a 2017 Sou-Wester Artist-in-Residence Fellowship, and was nominated for a Million Writers Award and a Pushcart. SUGAR LAND is a finalist for a Forewords Indie Award, won an IPPY, made the Advocate's Best of 2018, was long-listed in the Tournament of Books Best of 2018 and placed as a Top Five for 2018 by Powell's booksellers, was starred by Kirkus Reviews, and called "writing at its finest" by the New York Journal of Books (among other lovely reviews here).
Stemming from what her grandmother calls her "gypsy blood," she has lived in 16 cities in 3 countries, working as a gas station attendant, biscuit maker, medical experimentee, waitress in a Greek diner, house cleaner, and a college instructor – among other odd jobs. She also created “Dottie’s Magic Pockets” – the first show for kids in all kinds of families.
She lives between Portland, OR and Basel, Switzerland with her lady-friend, Karena, and their three kids. HERE's what she working on now.
"Entombed in Tupperware" essay in Real Simple; May 2019
Queer Southern Round-up on LitHub (essay); November 28, 2018
SUGAR LAND (novel); Red Hen Press, Fall 2018
“Strays”, “They Worried About Her”, “With the Flowers Still on the Table,” and "Rosemary Kennedy" on Fixional (fiction and poetry); 2017
"King of the Rats" upcoming in The Ostrich Review (flash fiction); 2017
“Weeds” in New River Press’s American Fiction 15 (fiction); 2016
Grenadine Kisses at Midnight was a semi-finalist for the 2014 Black Lawrence Book Prize, a finalist for the 2015 Paper Nautilus chapbook contest (as "fluid."), and a finalist in the Be About It 2015 chapbook contest
"Fetus" on F(r)iction (fiction); October 2016
“Lawn Decoration” in Thumbnail #6 with Cobalt Press (flash fiction); 2015
“Punching Dead Highways” in Cactus Heart’s Issue 5 (fiction); 2015
“A Young Girl Decides to Stay Home” in Literary Orphans (fiction); 2014
“Ava’s Third Leg” in The Portland Review (fiction); 2014
“The Last Time” in The Night, The Rain, and The River with Forest Avenue Press (fiction); 2014
“Making Feral Creatures” in Brave on the Page, chosen by Powell’s Books as their 2012 Book of the Year (essay); 2013
“A Confession” in Folio magazine (flash non-fiction); 2013
“A Moment of Relief” in Piff magazine (flash fiction); 2013
“Racing Josephine” in 10,000 Pounds of Black Ink (fiction); 2012
“Because There is a Story to Tell” in Unshod Quills (fiction); 2011
“With Tarts” Dir. Andrea Maxwell, online here (short film); 2010
“So Many Songs” in Society journal – a Pale House Collective (fiction); 2008
Dottie's Magic Pockets! (kids's DVD and CD); 2007-2010
“Monster in my Pants” – a 26-minute short film that played at film festivals and had 240,000+ hits on-line at Spike TV); 2006