Work samples

  • "Asking for PrEP" from VOICEMAIL POEMS
    "A poem from You Cannot Save here, recorded for Voicemail Poems, an audio-based literary journal that publishes lo-fi recordings of poets calling in to read their work in their own voice.
  • Poetry for the end times_ 'You Cannot Save Here'.mp3
    Tonee discusses You Cannot Save Here and reads from the book on WYPR's On The Record.
  • "You Cannot Save Here" by Anthony Moll for VOICEMAIL POEMS
    The poet reads "You Cannot Save Here," a poem included in the manuscript of the same name, for Voicemail Poems, an online magazine and podcast that highlights the intimate and raw voices of new and established writers of all styles.
  • Excerpt from Out of Step: A Memoir
    The author reads "Cedant Arma Togae" an essay included in Out of Step: A Memoir. Recorded for Humanities Conncection, a product of Maryland Humanities Council and WYPR.

About Tonee

Baltimore City
Tonee (née Anthony) Moll is a Queer writer and educator.

Their debut memoir, Out of Step, won a Lambda Literary Award in 2019 and the 2017 Non/Fiction Prize. It is available now from The Ohio State University Press. Out of Step was also included on the 2019 Over the Rainbow List, the annual bibliography of notable LGBTQ+ titles from the America Library Association.

Moll's most recent book is You Cannot Save Here, which won the 2022 Jean Feldman Poetry Prize from… more

You Cannot Save Here

  • Winner of the Jean Feldman Poetry Prize from the Washington Writers Publishing House.
  • A selection from this work was recognized with the Adele V. Holden Prize for Creative Excellence in 2019.
  • A selection of this work was recogized with the Adele V. Holden prize for New Voices in 2018.

You Cannot Save Here is a collection of poems about how we live when each day feels like the world is ending. The poems ask what we do with the small moments that matter when so much around us—climate disaster, gun violence, pandemics, wars—makes these days feel apocalyptic. The book is a bit speculative and a bit confessional. It’s queer, punk, and woven tightly with cultural allusion—from visual art to video games, pop culture to counterculture.

Praise for You Cannot Save Here:
“Moll's poems rocket the reader towards their ’favorite apocalypse,’ and with a voice both energetic and compelling, reminds us how to hold on to what we love, even as the world is falling apart around us. You Cannot Save Here is an intimate and ambitious collection about being queer during the end of days, and how those days are not drained of playfulness, desire, and awe—all that might one day rescue us back to ourselves.”
—Steven Leyva, winner of the 2020 Jean Feldman Poetry Prize for his collection, Understudy’s Handbook, and a member of the WWPH poetry judging committee.

“What an oracle Moll has crafted, what revelation. At once a prayer for love & a new queer elegy for what has already departed, these poems are tense & blisteringly lucid. This is necessary & timely work, especially for those of us who were born in one plague & delivered through & into many others. You Cannot Save Here is an exciting addition to our queer canon.”
—Meg Day, Author of Last Psalm at Sea Level

“In Moll’s You Cannot Save Here, the reader reckons with a world of disasters in-progress studded with small, luminous consolations. The thrust is elegiac, but the solace and solidarity, revelations and reveries, are far from foregone conclusions. These are attentions and tensions the poet gifts us for the journey we are lucky to share.”
—Dora Malech, Author of Flourish, Editor of The Hopkins Review

“A threnody for what we have lost, what we are losing, and all that we still cling to, told in a poet's language but with a speculative fiction writer's eye on possible futures. Moll will break your heart, even as they offer glimpses of everything most worth saving.”
—Sarah Pinsker, Author of A Song For A New Day

    The cover for You Cannot Save Here.
    Design by Andrew Sargus Klein.
    Original Artwork provided by Geography of Robots.

Out of Step: A Memoir

  • Winner of the 2019 Lambda Literary Award
  • Listed on the 2019 Over the Rainbow List, the annual bibliography of notable LGBTQ+ titles from the America Library Association
  • Winner of the 2017 Non/Fiction Prize Award from The Journal and The Ohio State University Press

What makes a pink-haired queer kid raise their hand to enlist in the military just as the nation is charging into war? In their debut memoir, Out of Step, Anthony Moll tells the story of a working-class bisexual kid running off to join the army in the midst of two wars and the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” era.  Set against the backdrop of hypermasculinity and sexual secrecy, Moll weaves a queer coming-of-age story.

Out of Step traces Moll’s development through their military service, recounting how the army both breaks and builds relationships, and what it was like to explore their queer identity while also coming to terms with their role in the nation’s ugly foreign policy. From a left-leaning, punk rock kid in Nevada leaving home for the first time to an adult returning to civilian life and forced to address a world more complicated than they were raised to believe, Moll’s journey isn’t a classic flag-waving memoir or war story—it’s a tale of finding one’s identity in the face of war and changing ideals.

Praise for Out of Step:

Out of Step is not just Moll’s memoir; it is a loving and empathetic portrayal of those around him, paying explicit attention to the vulnerable, the outcast and the misunderstood.” —Times Literary Supplement

Out of Step is the story of a young man trying to find his place in the disparate worlds of American military and civilian life. . . . Moll’s take is thoughtful and fair, both critical of the military while recognizing how it built him.” —Shelf Awareness

“Moll’s evocation of his army life is deadly serious yet always insightful as he questions himself and, finally, tells the truth he discovers.” —Booklist

“Filled with raw emotion, wry humor, and unselfconscious reflection, the story conveys Moll’s unwavering sense of self in a refreshing, inspiring way. The peace he’s made with himself, in spite of and even because of his unconventional choice to enlist, is a compelling invitation to all, no matter their sexual identity. Out of Step is a personal story whose impact is far reaching and life affirming.” —Foreword Reviews

“Out of Step is a wonderfully compelling, generous, artfully told memoir.” —Michael Kardos

“Moll has a gift for crafting brilliant sentences and has created the type of contemporary memoir that reminds me of why I can’t live without writing. I highly recommend.” — D. Watkins, New York Times best-selling author of The Beast Side and The Cook Up

  • Out of Step: A Memoir
    Out of Step: A Memoir won the 2019 Lambda Literary Award and the 2017 Non/Fiction Prize.
    Excerpts from Out of Step have been shared at KPBS, WYPR, The Journal, and Baltimore Beat:

Lit!Pop!Bang! Podcast

This literary podcast was a monthly exploration of books, writing and popular culture. Each month, poets Anthony Moll and celeste doaks interviewed writers, editors and educators from both the local and national scene to discuss their work, what their watching, the news they pay attention to and the books on their shelves.

The show prided itself on a lineup that celebrates the diversity of contemporary writers and readers, as well as the host's commitment to giving the same platform to both local writers (like Baltimore's Youth Poets Laureate) and national writers alike.

The podcast ran three seasons, and it hosted a number of celebrated writers, including Michelle Tea, Elizabeth Acevedo, Chen Chen, Malka Older and more. It also recorded in front of audiences at the Baltimore Book Festival, DC OutWrite and (as of April 2020) the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP). 

The full archive is still available at:

Little Patuxent Review, Issue 25

Little Patuxent Review (LPR) is a journal of literature and the arts, publishing poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction and artwork. LPR welcomes most US-based contributors and prides itself on supporting both up-and-coming and well-established artists and writers. LPR reflects and draws upon the creativity and diversity of the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond by promoting the literary and visual arts in print and throughout the region’s community and educational venues.

For issue 25, Editor Steven Leyva invited me to act as a special guest editor for the issue. In doing so, he invited me to curate a folio of work from LGBTQ+ writers from Maryland, and to preside over the editorial choices in the rest of the issue. My aim for both sections was to build an issue that highlighted a diversity of styles and expereinces, and with the help of brilliant writers and expert editors, I believe issue 25 does just that.

The issue can be purchased and previewed here:
The launch reading can be viewed on LPR's YouTube channel: