Reading Guide

I don’t limit myself to a certain age group when I write. As a result, some of my work may not be suitable for some readers. I can’t include content warnings for everything I write, but I’ve provided this page as a resource if you’d like to have a selection of my work tailored for a specific audience.

All Ages

“All ages” stories are suitable for children, young adults, and adults. They are roughly equivalent to G- or PG-rated movies. I determine whether something is all-ages not by the complexity of the writing, but by the content. The endings may not necessarily be happy, but the stories avoid explicit descriptions of upsetting material.

  • Mother Tongues”—A science fiction story about the sacrifices a mother makes to ensure a good future for her daughter.
  • Th Fifth Lttr”—A fun oulipo story about overthrowing a tyrannical king.
  • Inhalations”—A sensory poem about using smells as a language.
  • The Love Letters” (by Peng Simeng)—A beautiful story about space exploration and memory.

Young Adult

The age range for “young adult” (YA) varies, but generally, these pieces are for people who are transitioning developmentally from teenagers to adults. Common themes include coming-of-age and grappling with identity. The protagonists are also typically young adults, though they don’t have to be. My YA work may still contain upsetting material, though I typically write hopeful endings.

  • A Complex Filament of Light”—A story about a graduate student struggling to come to terms with their sister’s suicide.
  • “Fat, And”—An essay about overlapping identities and how they relate to being fat.

Adult

Most of my work is aimed at adult audiences and doesn’t contain too much violence, substance use, or sexual content. Horror and dark fantasy pieces may be thematically more disturbing, though. I can do my best to accommodate requests for content warnings, but I’m unable to maintain an updated page with content warnings, as every reader’s needs are different.

Mature

Work for mature audiences includes explicit sexual content, graphic violence, substance abuse, or other disturbing material that would be roughly equivalent to an R or NC-17 movie rating. I do not consider non-sexual kink to be mature by default. Whether audiences consider something mature is also a matter of context and personal preference.

  • “At Your Dream’s Edge”—A person calls forth a simulated nightmarish, gory landscape to prepare for a difficult experience in the real world.
  • Badwater”—An erotic poem about Badwater in Death Valley.
  • Chimera” (by Gu Shi)—Half detective story, half family drama, this novella centers human experimentation and contains disturbing imagery toward the end.

Please remember that this page contains only suggestions and isn’t a firm guide. Only the reader can decide whether a piece is suitable for them. If you aren’t sure whether something is suitable, please let someone else read the piece and provide their feedback, or contact me. I will do my best to reply to all questions about my work.