I’m an American writer living in the United Kingdom.
After spending five years living and working in Naples, Italy, I moved in late 2019 to the United Kingdom, where I’m inadvertently learning all the various cultural faux pas that I can commit in England. (It turns out there are a lot!)
I spent more than a decade as an award-winning newspaper and magazine reporter, writing for such publications as The Press of Atlantic City, The Guardian, and Newhouse newspapers (The Oregonian of Portland, The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, and others). 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 produced a documentary in Brazil with my fierce and brilliant Brazilian wife.
Generally, I’ve lived a bit of an eclectic life, doing all sorts of odd things, like managing a political campaign, helping run a nonprofit group, coaching basketball (AAU), and more. I’m a former welfare kid from a family of ex-hippies and addicts, and I worked my way through college in an auto shop, for an environmental group, and on any job that paid. And though it seems like ages ago, I was once a published poet.
I am also the product of what happens when cultures mix. I married a Brazilian expatriate, raised multinational and multilingual children (and am still at it), and wrote much of my trilogy of novels while living in Naples, Italy, and I grew up in the New York area, where my oldest friends come from families originally from Asia, South America, and the Caribbean. My family was divided by two religions and steeped in the immigrant experience as well, as I grew up hearing my great-grandmother’s bedtime stories of life in Ukraine before antisemitic persecution drove her and the rest of my mother’s family to flee the Russian Revolution’s aftermath for the Jewish enclaves in Brooklyn, N.Y.
This is who I am, and this is what I write.