We are the stories we tell ourselves.

— Aja Monet


Our personal stories define us. They shape the way that others see us and help us make sense of our place in our community. I walk through the world as a queer nonbinary person from the New Jersey suburbs, an adopted Pittsburgher, an educator, an activist, and a writer.


I've been putting stories on paper since I was six years old. More than 20 years since then, I've gotten my MFA in creative writing and helped kids, college students, and incarcerated adults access, understand, and share their personal narratives. It's my belief that, until there's a place for us all in our culture's stories and a place in our nation for all of our cultural stories, we won't see change or progress. My mission is to show folks from all walks of life that their stories matter.


This website was designed by A. Shy Marketer for Dakota Garilli. 2018