About

My writing has appeared in The Rumpus, Salon, The Morning News, The Millions, Sports Illustrated/Roads and Kingdoms, Fourth Genre, River Teeth, Crab Orchard Review, Ninth Letter, Quarterly West, Fugue, Phoebe, The Little Patuxent Review, Baltimore Review, The Lascaux Review, Jabberwock, and The Baltimore Sun. I am at work on a novel about a ten-foot-tall office worker who discovers there is another like him and a memoir about growing up skinny and wild in Appalachia. I have taught writing at the University of Maryland Baltseth prestoneimore County and am an editor at Baltimore Review. I have an MFA from Old Dominion University and have received scholarships or residencies from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Writers@Work, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA). A Pushcart nominee, I am a former Emerging Writer in Residence at Penn State Altoona.

I was born in Boise, Idaho to two good people, grew up in a small town in the skinny part of western Maryland, and live now in Baltimore. I’ve been a reporter, a sort-of stonemason, a pizza cook, a telemarketer, a proofreader of very long financial documents, and a writer of very long sales documents. I like photographs, bike rides, rock music, books, and the cool sports but not the not-cool sports.

And, something else:

“You keep your eyes open. You decide that stories are the bones of people, that you and everyone else creates stories where before there were only shouted curse words, the memory of the down on a certain girl’s cheek, and fallible feelings that, for some reason, people have deep within those bones. The stories change as you grow up, first the details and then the lessons, because we are fallible creatures prone to mess-ups and you are, too. You make stories where before you had only your breakfast meats, your planetarium, your facts. Some of these facts leave you but a few you transform into a thing that’s whole and, sometimes, ecstatic. Something with a beginning, middle, and end. Something that nestles your head into its pillow, where known things are welcome.”