Five years ago, I moved to Maryland after living my entire life in New York,
including many years in Long Island, where my young adult novels: LIE and BEFORE MY EYES, are set.
Prior to focusing on my
writing, I led the marketing and public relations
departments at Bravo, IFC cable networks
and IFC Films. Notably, I was part of the executive
team that launched IFC and IFC Films.
As a graduate of Syracuse University, I had the distinct honor of studying creative writing with Raymond Carver and poetry with Tess Gallagher and Jack Gilbert. In 2011, I received my MFA inFiction from The City College of New York,
Going back to the beginning: I was born in the Bronx, and lived in New Rochelle, New York with a remarkable father who raised me and my three younger siblings.
I've always loved to read more than anything, and that's how it all started.
This is a brief history, but what really counts is the work. I am honored that my debut collection of short stories, Carry Her Home, will be available this October, from the venerable Washington Writers' Publishing House.
2018 Fiction Award from the Washington Writers' Publishing House for my debut short story collection, CARRY HER HOME. The collection will be published by WWPH in October, 2018
Awarded a FY18 Artists and Scholars Project Grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County for my novel-in-progress, a work of speculative fiction set in New York City and Maryland
First prize and publication for my short story, "Sweetness" in THE WAY TO MY HEART anthology (publication August, 2017)
Writer-in-Residence, Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House in Alexandria, Virginia (August, 2017)
Short fiction published in several recent anthologies including: Abundant Grace (Paycock Press, December 2016) and District Lines IV (published by Politics & Prose, independent bookstore in Washington, DC, January 2017)
Nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Literary Award in poetry
Winner of The Writer Magazine 2016 Short Story Competition judged by Colum McCann for "Gargoyles and Stars." The short story was published with an interview in the March, 2016 issue of The Writer and is now available on line: www.writermag.com
First Runner Up 2016 F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Story Contest for "No Mercy"
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Most of all, thank you for reading!