At the world's tallest thermometer in Baker, California, wearing the world's loudest shirt.

At the world's tallest thermometer in Baker, California, wearing the world's loudest shirt.

About Me

I'm a writer, teacher and freelance editor living in the Boston area, where I've spent the last 15 years or so.

I received my MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Emerson College in 2013, and while I've written some fiction, I'm most drawn to nonfiction work: personal essays, memoir and literary journalism. I've published essays in a number of literary journals and lately have been writing about America's public lands for National Parks Magazine.  

Since 2014, I've taught courses on creative nonfiction and specific craft topics at GrubStreet, a nonprofit writing center in Boston's literary district. I also do private consulting on manuscripts. See my "Teaching" and "Consulting" pages for more info.  

I grew up in Pittsburgh, where I visit often, and still have a deep fondness for sandwiches that contain french fries, Penguins hockey called by Mike Lange, and the magical pronoun yinz.

In a former life, I worked at an artisanal bakery making pastries. My palms are less callused now and the honorable burn scars are fading, but I still like to make pies.