At nine years old Tammy started her first novel (the riveting sci-fi adventure Jelly Creatures). Since then she has written oodles of things. Some have been published - Wildwood Journal, DotDotDot, Urban Syntax, Draft, Society – a Pale House Collective, and Unshod Quills, 10,000 Tons of Black Ink, Pif Magazine – and some have been burned.
She was the Book Production manager then Editor with Alyson Books, after moving over from the Advocate and OUT magazines. Tammy has also been a gas station attendant, a warehouse palette lift operator, weekend roadie for Willie Nelson, an artists’ model, a paid volunteer for medical experiments, a waitress at a Greek diner, a house cleaner, biscuit maker at KFC, book store manager, and co-founder of Shrink-Wrap – a lit and art ‘zine.
Tammy created “Dottie’s Magic Pockets,” which has played a dozen film festivals, including SF/Frameline, LA/Outfest, London, Toronto, and Melbourne, and is now available in 100+ libraries. A script she wrote called “Intersection” was a semi-finalist in the Disney-Touchstone Film Fellowship, and another short film she co-wrote has received 240,000+ hits on-line.
Tammy has attended the Tin House Workshop twice, earned her MFA from Antioch on partial merit scholarship, was awarded a fellowship to the 2012 SLS Summer Seminar, and was nominated for a Million Writers Award for “Because There is a Story to Tell.”
On the side, Tammy teaches college, paints, and is the Fiction Editor for Gertrude Press in Portland, OR where she lives with her ladyfriend, their infant twins, and son Oliver, who is obsessed with Deadliest Catch. Yes, this is causing her to re-consider vegetarianism.