I grew up in the California high desert and moved into Los Angeles proper to attend California State University, Northridge, where I earned a BA in English and an MA in English with a Creative Writing focus. Looking to continue my studies and to experience something radically different than LA, I moved to Grand Forks, North Dakota, where I am currently pursuing my PhD in English at the University of North Dakota.
As a writer, my interests and experiences vary widely. While I’m invested in my creative endeavors, I also enjoy writing for public audiences, whether that’s crafting marketing materials or writing copy to increase lead generation. I’m a firm believer in the notion that language is the most flexible medium, and I’m interested in all the shapes it can take and tasks it can accomplish.
In my poetry, I’m invested in the power of the personal lyric and its ability to transcend the apparently mundane. To that end, I am invested in poetry of place, often exploring the connections between physical geographies and inner geographies. I’m currently at work on my next collection.
In my scholarship, I am primarily interested in 20th and 21st century American literature, trans-Atlantic Modernism, and contemporary poetry and poetics, though I read pretty widely. I have a special affinity for contemporary Japanese fiction. Currently, I’m writing about cyberpunk fiction and James Joyce’s Ulysses (in two separate works, that is). And, as always, I’m re-reading a Murakami novel.
When I’m not reading or writing, I like taking long drives on twisty roads (or tinkering with cars that do that), prowling for off-the-beaten-path restaurants with my wife, playing video games, or enjoying the outdoors. Put a pen, wrench, or controller in my hand and I’m a happy guy.