I'm pleased to now serve as 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, FORTH Magazine, Crony, and Trojan Family Magazine, and my essay "Thoughts on Time After Viewing Christian Marclay's 'The Clock'" was recently included in the Norton anthology of contemporary nonfiction, Brief Encounters. My photography has appeared in Redivider, Gesture Literary Journal, FORTH Magazine, and Bartleby Snopes.

I served as a judge for the fiction and first fiction awards of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes in 2013 and 2014. I was also a Ucross Foundation writer-in-residence during the spring 2014 session and a finalist for the 2014 Baltic Writing Residency.

I teach fiction and creative nonfiction at all levels for Writing Workshops Los Angeles. Projects 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, BOMBThe Iowa ReviewThe Rumpus, SalonThe Chattahoochee Review, Hippocampus Magazine, Lumina, Public BooksThe 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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