My book, 500 tips for fat girls, ON TOUR!!

Ok. Let me preface all of everything ever:
‘500 tips for fat girls’ is not an advice book. It is a collection of poetry surrounding body image, rape, and relationships. There are no actual tips. The title poem, is a jabbing list poem that comments on misogyny, self-hatred, and media pressures. This is an inner dialogue of tragic thoughts that I’ve had and curvy women often have.

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always turn the light off before fucking
always lie on your stomach, always be on a diet,
always be generous, always smile,
don’t be a bitch- don’t be a fat bitch”

I can’t speak for all big girls, and I don’t want to try. To me, most curvy women end up having to navigate themselves through a frustrating process to find self-love. I think that navigation to self-love is universal. This book is a collection of poetry exploring that.
Let me be totally real with you here: this book is so goddamn honest that it terrifies me in a really great way. I believe in the power of vulnerability. When we allow ourselves to be vulnerable, we have the most beautiful opportunity to find human connection, to see humanity in it’s greatest light.

All of that said, I WROTE A FUCKING BOOK, and I am so damn proud of it. It is writing from the last 5 years, and took me 2 years to compile, edit, re-edit, and re-re-edit the manuscript. The books are only available at shows. For now. We’re working on getting it in my merch store, and it will be available internationally very soon!

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snapshot from the music video. can you tell it’s gonna be real uplifting?

Other great news, I DID A FUCKING MUSIC VIDEO. Can’t wait till you see it.

Also, I’M ON A FUCKING TOUR, infamously known as The Good Feelings Tour performing both my songs and poems and I have to pinch myself about how cool this is. Especially that I’m touring with my BFF, Rose McAleese, who’s got talent up the wazoo. Lastly, I miss this babe:

shut up with how attractive you are

Ahem. Pardon me, I forgot my name and my face got dumb for a minute.

Our first two shows (Seattle and Boston) both reached capacity. that’s insane. Thank you for supporting us and coming to the shows!!

There are still dates left on the East Coast and Canada- so take a looksie if you haven’t yet. West Coast tour is in the works, so please don’t cry yourself to sleep, ok?


Worcester, MA 1/25/2013 Old Oak Smithy

This is how I get ready for shows. By powdering my nose hella.

This is how I get ready for shows. By powdering my nose hella.

New York, NY 1/27/2013 Bluestockings

Toronto, ON 1/31/2013 The Boat

Arlington, VA 2/4/2013 Busboys and Poets

Washington, D.C 2/5/2013 & 2/6/2013 Busboys and Poets

Rochester, NY 2/9/2013 House Show

Ottawa, ON 2/12/2013 The Rainbow Bistro

Montreal, QC 2/14/2013 Le Cagibi

Burlington, VT 2/16/2013 Radio Bean

Cover art of the book is done by Crystal Barbre. The music video is done by Samantha Soo. The last photo is from a set by Zoe Rain.

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13 Responses to My book, 500 tips for fat girls, ON TOUR!!

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  4. Will your book be available on Amazon soon? And will it be in Kindle format? I really hope so!!

  5. Brenda says:

    Please come to Portland Oregon!! Mad love for you here lady!

  6. H.M. Jones says:

    Loved your poetry collection. Will be writing up a blog article on it soon. Wonderfully introspective, dark, upsetting, and beautiful.

  7. Coadi says:

    You actually amaze me! I never really knew who the female singer was in Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s song ‘same love’ was until I read and article about you and your life. And I am just saying that you have amazing strength. I’m a heavy girl and I’m looking forward to getting to the bookstore to see if I can find a copy of this book. I can’t wait to read it. Everything that you have been through, overcame and accomplished is really an inspiration. No matter how bad life was for you, you pulled through. And I know that you will be inspiring not only myself but many women. Thank you for being amazing!

  8. Mary…
    whatever happened to you in the past happened for a reason, and not just any reason but a good reason…God had a plan for you and look where you are now….? I personally think your purpose in life is to make people happy and make people aware of another side of life…
    You’re going to heaven with no doubt, you even inspire straight people and you have taught us that we are all equal….xxxxx

  9. Stephanie says:

    Just received my copy of the book in the mail! I have never been so excited. You’re such an inspiration. Thank you for writing this and for your personal touches. I just ordered a copy for my girlfriend.

  10. Michelle says:

    Just ordered your book and watched your video “same love” AWESOME!!!

  11. holly hickman says:

    I am anxiously anticipating seeing a stop to the Chicago area sometime in the near future.

  12. Ellen Baglien says:

    I am a 53-year-old sometimes poet, new watercolorist learning so many things about myself at this age some called “oldish”…not young, not old, you get the picture. I’m 5’7″, 153 lbs and still think I need to start a diet tomorrow. I wrote a poem called “this pudge” about my stomach. I just discovered you watching your performance on youtube the day after the vma’s. Can’t wait to ready your poetry and hear what you have to say. I love you already!

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