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Daniel Allen Cox is the author of I Felt the End Before It Came: Memoirs of a Queer Ex-Jehovah's Witness.
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Daniel Allen Cox is the author of I Felt the End Before It Came: Memoirs of a Queer Ex-Jehovah’s Witness, and four novels nominated for the Lambda Literary, Ferro-Grumley, and ReLit awards. His novel Mouthquake was one of twenty-seven works selected for inclusion in QuébeQueer, a fifty-year overview of queer cultural production in Quebec. Daniel’s essays have appeared in The GuardianElectric LiteratureLiterary HubThe Malahat Review, Maisonneuve, Catapult, TriQuarterly, The RumpusThe Florida Review, and Fourth Genre. His essay “The Glow of Electrum” was nominated for a 2021 National Magazine Award in personal journalism and was named a Notable essay in The Best American Essays 2021. “You Can’t Blame Movers for Everything Broken” has been selected for Best Canadian Essays 2024. Daniel is the 2023 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize judge.

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If there was anything I thought would raise eyebrows, I would read it outside the house. So instead of hiding books from them, I hid entire bookstores and libraries.

So hard to choose just one, but I really love “the affective distance that strangers co-sign” that Billy-Ray Belcourt writes about in A Minor Chorus. These six words reveal so much about human nature to me.

I’m both, but I alternate, depending on whether I’m in a drafting phase or an editing phase. Some weeks I need to drown in a sea of Post-Its. Other weeks I need surfaces as spare as I wish my text would be.

Is there enough time in life to read all the books I want to read? Every week, I throw a few more onto the stack that I fear I’ll never get to. What’s the solution to the time problem?

I secretly want to play music and sing again, although it probably isn’t a secret to those who know me. In the meantime, I write texts that emulate the shapes of songs and albums I’ve fallen in love with.

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