I’m an American writer who moved to the UK in late 2019 after five years in Naples, Italy.
Previously, I spent twelve years as an award-winning newspaper and magazine reporter. My writing has appeared in The Press of Atlantic City, The Guardian, The Oregonian, and other publications, and I’ve been a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc. I ran an online magazine with a staff of twenty and worked in nearly every journalism medium, including co-producing a documentary shot in Brazil by my wife, a Brazilian filmmaker.
Separately, I managed a political campaign, worked as an environmental activist, coached basketball, and more. I studied creative writing at Rutgers with poet Elaine Equi, back when I was a longhaired poet working in an auto shop.
I’m the product of what happens when cultures mix. I’m a former welfare kid from a family of ex-hippies divided by two religions and steeped in the immigrant experience. I grew up hearing bedtime stories about life in Odesa, Ukraine, before my mother’s family fled to the working class Jewish enclave of Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York. I’ve lived in three countries, married an expat from a fourth, and grown up in one of the world’s most diverse metropolitan areas.