My Journey as a Writer

At age 16, while on a foray with my high school debating team in snowy Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I sidetracked into a small bookstore. There, as if mysteriously directed, I selected from among hefty volumes a slim paperback of T.S. Eliot’s Selected Poems. The result was an addiction to poetry and bookstores, and a certain fondness for Pittsburgh.

I studied English Literature at Brown University and the University of Edinburgh, then settled in New York City, where I satisfied Mammon as an advertising and promotion writer, while heeding Calliope and Erato as best I could. My play, Becoming Walt Whitman, was produced at Powerhouse Theater, in Santa Monica, CA, in 1993, and more recently, at 6th Street Playhouse, in Santa Rosa, CA in 2011. My novel, Under Pegasus (Derrynane Press) snuck into the half light in 1996.

The traumas of September 11, 2001 compelled me to a renewed urgency for poetry. I moved to California in 2003, and hunkered down to write. My first chapbook, Times Three, with poems of New York, 9/11 and California, appeared in 2009. Kisses and kudos to my wife, Sharon, for that project.

My first commercial chapbook, Language Factor of the Mind, came out from Finishing Line Press in 2011.

I’m grateful to journals and anthologies that have accepted my work. For poetry, Western Friend, Present at the Creation, Continent of Light, Blue Jew Yorker, the 2011 and 2012 Marin Poetry Center Anthologies, Spillway, The Green Door and Ambush Review. For short fiction, Atlantic Review and Shaking. And for a play script, In Posse Review.

 I was nominated for a 2012 Pushcart Poetry Prize.

Finally, I’ve been fortunate to have a number of 10-minute plays produced, both at The Beast Festival, in New York, and at Pegasus Theatre’s Tapas Short Play Festival, in Monte Rio, Ca.

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