In Support of Trans Rights

My colleague, Veronica Pillar, gave a powerful speech last night at the Legislature about supporting people's right to simply be who they are. Please read and share and support trans people however you can. --- I want to speak briefly on trans rights, because recently there has been an alarming sharp rise in anti-transgender rhetoric and policy. I'm sure you've heard of the bathroom bills that require kids to use bathrooms that match their genitals rather than their actual asserted gender. Other laws ban teachers from using their students' preferred pronouns.   I'm a teacher, I have trans students, and I would never call my students by pronouns they don't use because that is a denial of who they are. Several states are banning gender affirming healthcare for minors, essentially requiring teenagers to detransition.   Tennessee has banned wearing clothes that don't match the gender on your birth certificate. Florida is working on legalizing the kidnapping of

Book Deal Announcement!

Twenty-four years ago today, my mom dropped me off at Amicalola State Park in Georgia and I headed up the trail to Springer Mountain. That day would be the first of many that would lead me over 2,160 Appalachian Trail miles to Katahdin, in Baxter State Park, Maine. Over six months, I would pass through fourteen states, climb countless mountains, and meet some of the best people of my life. 

Today, I find myself at another momentous beginning. After two years of writing, one pandemic, fifty-four submissions to agents and presses, and support from many amazing writer friends, I am delighted to announce my book deal with Running Wild Press

In My Boots: A Memoir of Five Millions Steps on the Appalachian Trail will be coming to the world in 2024, and I couldn't be more thrilled. 

Many more details are on the way as I wrap up the editing process and send my manuscript to the publisher. So stay tuned here at the blog or follow me in these other places on the inter-webs--


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