I have been crafting words for a living for almost twenty years, and I'm pleased to now serve as Co-Director of Writing Workshops Los Angeles and to be part of the writing consultant collective WordCraft LA. I've worked as a writing instructor for several universities in New York and Los Angeles, including the California Institute of Technology, Brooklyn College (CUNY), Loyola Marymount University, and the Polytechnic Institute of New York University. I received my Ph.D. in English from the City University of New York Graduate Center.
I review fiction and nonfiction, primarily focusing on music and Los Angeles history, for the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Review of Books. My writing has also appeared in The Collagist, DUM DUM Zine, Crony, and Trojan Family Magazine, and my essay "Thoughts on Time After Viewing Christian Marclay's 'The Clock'" will be included in a forthcoming Norton anthology of short nonfiction (Brief Encounters, 2015). I currently serve as a judge for the fiction and first fiction awards of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes (2013-2014). I was also a Ucross Foundation writer-in-residence during the spring 2014 session and a finalist for the 2014 Baltic Writing Residency.
For the past four years, I have taught creative nonfiction at all levels for Writing Workshops Los Angeles. Memoirs workshopped in my classes have won their authors a PEN Emerging Voices fellowship, the Thomas A. Wilhelmus Editors’ Award from Southern Indiana Review, a Sustainable Arts Foundation Promise Award, the New Southerner annual literary contest, and an award from the Los Angeles Book Festival. My students and clients have published essays in venues such as Slice Magazine, BOMB, The Iowa Review, The Rumpus, Salon, The Chattahoochee Review, Hippocampus Magazine, Lumina, Public Books, The Hairpin, and Writers Tribe Review. They have been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony (including a Stanford Calderwood Fellow) and 360 Xochi Quetzal, and several have attended the Bread Loaf, Tin House, and Squaw Valley writers’ conferences.
As a professional editor, I have worked on novels, nonfiction manuscripts, dissertations, book proposals, screenplays, web copy, product pitches, and marketing materials. My clients include literary journal The Rattling Wall, the New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation, CMH Records, ScriptShark (a subsidiary of The New York Times), Aesa Jewelry, Roxbury Publishing, and graduate students around the world.
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