40Albany, United States
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My self-summary
I have two BAs -English and Linguistics. I'm always trying to learn something new which I hope will help me become a better writer (and person, I guess).

I'm a minimalist and usually rather non-consumerist. I don't buy lots of new stuff and I rarely throw things away unless they are completely useless.

I try hard to keep my mind sharp. I work hard at being creative whether that's by writing or through cooking. I also put an effort into maintaining my body via eating right, running and going to the gym.
What I’m doing with my life
Trying to stay gold.
Submitting work to publishers
Not eating animals or their products
I’m really good at
Listening to both sides of an argument. Trying to be understanding and compassionate.
Being loyal
Trusting people without being completely naive
Staring off into space
Never ever losing my glasses or keys
Being punctual
Keeping my carbon footprint minuscule
Cooking for anybody with food allergies or dietary restrictions -I made a living at this for about 10 years. I can do gluten-free, raw, macrobiotic, low-whatever, and obviously vegan.
Not letting the little stuff get to me.
The first things people usually notice about me
It's probably the glasses, sideburns/facial hair. Actually, at this point I'm pretty sure it's the hair.
Or maybe what people notice about me is the book that I'm reading. I don't know about you but sometimes if I see someone with a book I'm more interested in the title of the book than the holder of the book.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I tend to read poetry almost exclusively along with some anthropological/linguistic non-fiction. I also like reading graphic novels (especially anything DC New 52) and some running mags.

A short list of my favorite writers would be:
Samuel Beckett
Federico Garcia-Lorca
Frank O'Hara
Jean Toomer
Robert Duncan
Jack Spicer
Mina Loy
(In general, I like to read Middle Eastern poetry. It's my big obsession but I do try to keep up with contemporary poetry from all over the globe. I really do my best to read the writing of writers who are actually still writing.)

Some bands/musicians I like are:
Hank Williams Sr.
Joy Division
The Swans
Lou Reed/Velvet Underground
Old Bruce Springsteen
Gaslight Anthem
Hank III
Cold Cave
Magnetic Fields
The Pernice Brothers
And electronic-based music in general. Industrial, chillwave, indie-electro, sythpop, etc etc.

I listen to NPR way too much and I try to catch Coast to Coast AM but usually ending falling asleep half way through it.

And, I'm a big fan of stand-up -Jim Gaffigan, John Oliver, Patton Oswalt and Louis C. K. are some of my favorites.

As for movies, I tend to like indie films but honestly I will give almost any comic-book/graphic novel movie a chance as well as most comedies. Ed Wood is my favorite movie ever hands down.

And anything by Jim Jarmusch, Almodovar or Wes Anderson. Almost anything by Tim Burton or Aronofsky. I'm also really starting to enjoy Woody Allen.

For food, if it's vegan, I'll usually give it a shot. I try to be as easy as possible when I go out. But, I tend to prefer going to Asian or Middle Eastern restaurants -there are more choices for me.

Finally, I'm a big fan of Scotch and dry Spanish wines while at the same time I could probably pass a blind taste test of all the cheap beers -Utica Club, PBR, Genny, Rheingold etc.
Six things I could never do without
Library card.
Running shoes.
Conversation. Talk. The company of friends.
Time. I could always use a bit more of it.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Martin, Pangloss, Cunegonde, Candide.

Whether or not there is spinach, parsley, some other greenery or poppy seeds in my teeth.

The next book I'm working on/going to publish.

What I'm going to eat next. I love food and I eat way more than anyone would suspect.

Language/Linguistics - I love syntax and morphology and I think a lot about the flexibility of sentence structuring and phrasal constituents.

Le mot juste

4 Vows of the Bodhisattva

Time-space dis-continuum

Cryptozoology and the paranormal


Minutes per mile

NorthCoast 24-Hour Endurance Run in Cleveland


Nutrition, herbs and all sorts of alternative healing methods

Returning to the restaurant industry


Cyborg theory and cognitive poetics

Synchronicity, happenstance, coincidence and whether or not I left my coffeemaker on.
On a typical Friday night I am
I work on Friday nights but Saturday and Sunday nights I could be up to anything. Usually, I like to grab at least one drink somewhere during the weekend. But, I have also been known just to spend a quiet night at a cafe reading/writing late at night. Or, if it is the first Friday of the month I'll probably be at the Fuze Box.

Actually, I guess Wednesday night is when I like to go out. Then I can usually be found at a few of my favorite bars reading a book if I can't find some interesting conversation to complement the beer.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
It's not really private but I'm a complete workaholic in terms of my writing. It's hard for me to use my 'free time' doing anything other than working on new work. I spend a lot of time at cafes and bars reading/writing.
You should message me if
If you prefer squirrels to birds.
If you want to get a cup of coffee/tea or grab a drink somewhere and talk about books, movies, philosophy or nonsense.
If you are conscientious and eco-friendly.
If you are a geek, nerd, artist, writer, freak, queer or just awesome.
If you would like to collaborate on a poetic/literary/multimedia endeavor.
The two of us