Hi! I’m Hal. I grew up reading a lot and now I’m in my second year of library school at Queens College in Queens, NY. I like dogs, watercolor, babies, revisionist history books, efficient public transit, and literacy programs for children and adults. I have a soft spot for bizarre science fiction and fantasy.

I’ll be using this blog to write about graphic novels, children’s books for ages 8-10, and YA books that I’m reading for my classes. From January to May 2018, I read all sorts of graphic novels and comics for my 790.3 class, and will continue to review comics on occasion. From September to December 2018, I will be reviewing YA materials and children’s books for my 739 and 767 classes. Reviews won’t focus on just one genre or type of comic or book, but range widely. In the future, I hope to use this blog as a space to talk about all kinds of media and review a wide range of works.

My reviews of books for ages 8-10 are written as if I am speaking to children in that demographic (mostly). Meanwhile, my reviews of YA and comics materials vary in style.

Right now, I work as an outreach assistant with Queens Library, a public library serving 61 branches all over Queens. My work at Queens Library includes helping with their video visitation program for families of incarcerated people and assisting a full-time librarian develop our circulating collection at Rikers Island. I also help plan event series, present pop-up libraries, and assist with bookmobile outreach. My goal after graduation is to work in a school library or as a children’s librarian in a public library, where I can encourage kids to read whatever they want and learn to engage critically with the media they consume.

I write sometimes. My poetry can be found in Vetch Magazine issues 2 and 4. I have a comic in this anthology of trans comics.

My first novel, Out of Salem, will be published Spring 2019 by Seven Stories Press.  If you’ve ever wanted to read about genderqueer zombie and a lesbian werewolf who are trying to survive life under a dangerous totalitarian government in Salem, Oregon, it’s the book for you.


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