I am a Somerville, Massachusetts-based writer, editor, and photographer.
I have lots of opinions about books, films, art, and the world, and I tend to express them in writing. I am currently working on my first novel.
I grew up in State College, Pennsylvania and got my BA in English Literature from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. There I learned about writing from Kathryn Davis, Barry Goldensohn, and Steven Millhauser and worked summers serving espresso to tourists, Mafiosi, and vacationers like Sam Shepard and Rick Pitino, who probably would’ve preferred I pretend not to recognize them. I spent a semester at the University of Westminster in London, where I learned what the Brits think of American literature and of Americans who are curious to see how they teach it.
My recent writing experiences include workshops with Chris Mooney at the Harvard Extension School and with Eson Kim, Mary Carroll Moore, Alison Murphy, and Sophie Powell at Grub Street.
I have nearly twenty years experience in content development, substantive and structural editing, and rewriting college textbooks and fiction manuscripts. I worked for McGraw-Hill Higher Education and for Houghton Mifflin’s College Division before going freelance in 2004.
As a photojournalist, I have specialized in indie rock shows and street photography. I have contributed to Vice, QRO Magazine, and InYourSpeakers Media. I have taken part in Somerville Open Studios, and in Spring 2015 I participated in a group exhibit at the Inside Out Gallery in Davis Square. Since the late 2000s I have served as moderator and administrator for a Matador Records recording artist’s message board.
The accompanying photo is a double self-portrait. That’s me in the mirror, and I’m also the baby in the photo within the photo.