How to Be BLEEDER:
Be born with hemophilia.
Be infected with HIV and Hepatitis C through plasma medication in 1983 at age 10.
Almost die of AIDS at 24.
But live.
Write a memoir of your struggle. Title it BLEEDER.
When Michigan State Press publishes the book, get national press reviews, an interview on NPR with Bob Edwards, and win several awards.
Then, as if that isn’t enough catharsis to express the hurt and struggle, write and record songs in your basement, fill in the gaps not healed by putting words on a page.
Call it BLEEDER.
Release the songs.

Taking Questions after a reading at Politics & Prose in Washington, DC