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 spent three years in residence pursuing my PhD in English at the University of North Dakota. After becoming ABD and wanting to move closer to family, my wife and I moved (yet again) to the Boston area, where we currently reside.
As a writer, my interests and experiences vary widely. While I’m invested in my creative and academic endeavors, I’m also passionate about technical writing and software documentation. I’m a firm believer in language being 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.
In my technical writing, I’m interested primarily in developer and API documentation. In this arena, good docs can mean the ultimate success of failure of an API, so I’m passionate about getting it right by building modern, future-forward content that decreases the gap between the code and the doc.
When I’m not reading or writing, I like spending time with my wife and daughter, taking long drives on twisty roads (or tinkering with cars that do that), playing video games, or enjoying the outdoors. Put a pen, wrench, or controller in my hand and I’m a happy guy.