Photograph of my face by  Beowulf Sheehan . (Here’s a  hi-res version .)

Photograph of my face by Beowulf Sheehan. (Here’s a hi-res version.)

At present I’m experiencing the highs and lows of a writer with his debut novel just out in the world. I’m doing this in Kingston, New York, where I now live after a decade in NYC. (It’s great. Fewer Seamless options, but you can afford a house.)

In the past I’ve worked in marketing, advertising, and online editorial at BOMB MagazineThe Penguin Press, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and briefly at one of those ambitious publishing startups that’s since gone bust. I earned my undergraduate degree at the University of Puget Sound. (No MFA. Was that a mistake?) Recently I’ve received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Millay Colony for the Arts.

I’ve spoken on panels, served on committees, and organized events for the Brooklyn Book Festival, BookExpo America, the Association of Writers and Writing Program’s annual conference, Lit Crawl NY, and the Texas Book Festival.

I also produce an infrequent literary trivia night called “Nerd Jeopardy!” It’s like the game show except everyone’s tipsy, all the categories concern books, and nobody wins any money. (They earn the crowd’s respect, which is worth more than gold.)


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