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Otherwise: Essays is a 2024 Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in LGBTQ+ Nonfiction!

Look for The Mary Years: A Memoir (Texas Review Press) in Fall 2024 and Quick Change Artist: Poems (Anhinga Press) in Spring 2025!




The Mary Years (Texas Review Press, November 1, 2024) is now available for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Texas A&M University Press:

Who’s your hero? What television show did you binge-watch, even before “binge-watching” was part of our vernacular? For Julie Marie Wade, the hero is Mary Tyler Moore, the television show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show. From its premiere on Nick at Nite in 1992 until the death of its eponymous lead actress in 2017, this nonfiction novella follows our protagonist from her pre-teen years in Seattle through tenure at an academic institution in Miami—a journey modeled in surprising, tender, and humorous ways on Mary’s own journey from Roseburg to Minneapolis, to the WJM newsroom and beyond.


More News

  • Here's a video of me reading my poem"When I Was Straight" for the FIU MFA faculty reading series:










  • Check out a reading and interview I did with the Stonewall National Museum & Archives here.

  • Take a look at my micro-memoir "Yentl," published in Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction here.


One of the happiest pieces of news I've received in recent months is that my hybrid-forms project P*R*I*D*E won the inaugural Hunger Mountain Chapbook Prize. It was released during June 2020 (Pride Month!) in a limited-edition volume (with stunning cover designed by Kelly McMahon) to honor the victims of the Pulse shooting by name and likeness.

“This collection of poetic microessays is the hybridity we need right now—lyric & narrative, real & imagined, fierce & tender, in love with the world & critical of it, so much fun & deadly serious. I admire Wade’s range of timbres, the ways this collage makes me feel validated & seen, & how much PRIDE makes me hopeful for a better future.”

—Erin Stalcup, Hunger Mountain Editor


For a short video demonstrating how perfect this book looks, click here.

And after this video inspires you to learn more about the book designer, check out May Day Studio in Montpelier, Vermont.

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