I’m an American writer living in the United Kingdom, having moved here in late 2019 after five years in Naples, Italy.
Previously, I spent twelve years as a newspaper and magazine reporter, winning awards for investigative reporting, column-writing, and other categories. My writing has appeared in various publications, including The Press of Atlantic City, The Guardian, Newhouse newspapers (The Oregonian, The Times-Picayune, etc.), and more. I’ve been a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc., launched and run an online magazine with a staff of twenty, and worked in nearly every journalism medium (print, online, radio, podcasts, film), including co-producing a documentary shot in Brazil by my wife, a Brazilian filmmaker.
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 in the New York area, hearing bedtime stories about life in the former Soviet Union before my mother’s family fled to the Jewish enclave of Brooklyn, New York.
Generally, I’ve lived an eclectic life, doing all sorts of odd things, like managing a political campaign, working for nonprofit groups, coaching basketball, and more. I studied creative writing at Rutgers with Elaine Equi, back when I was a longhaired poet working in an auto shop.
This is who I am, and this is what I write.