I’m from New Jersey, though I can’t claim the mellifluous accent or
high-volume hair for which my home state is known. Since college
I’ve been a bit itinerant, teaching and working in Barcelona, Los
Angeles and San Diego, before heading to Iowa City for my MFA and
finally landing in New York. I now split my time between tutoring
and writing, and have just finished my first novel.
Among other things, I value compassion, tolerance, a sense of
adventure and humor. I’m likely to laugh at the vulgar and the
What I’m doing with my life
Please see above.
I’m really good at
Mixing metaphors. Remembering to floss. Opening a bottle of wine.
The first things people usually notice about me
Winning smile? Who knows.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I mostly read (and write) literary fiction, though I just picked up
a fascinating book called Through the Language Glass, about how
language shapes consciousness. A few of my favorite authors are
Nabokov, Vonnegut, Roth, Jennifer Egan, and Lorrie Moore. My
all-time favorite story is Mavis Gallant’s The Ice Wagon Going Down
I love food. It’s almost like my body needs it to survive. Mexican,
Mediterranean, Italian, everything. I’m more into food and books
than movies and shows. My musical tastes are eclectic and at times
The six things I could never do without
I’ll list the obvious necessities together 1. food, water, shelter,
oxygen, gravity, my family and friends
2. Time to write
3. Time to read
4. A valid passport
5. Coffee in the morning
There are other things of course but those are the big ones. I also
really like guacamole and the smell of pine, but they are not
official addenda to the preceding list.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
(and/or remembering) those moments when I’ve laughed hysterically
with my friends; certain comedic gems that become the shorthand of
On a typical Friday night I am
Likely having a drink with friends.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
This is a trick question!