I’m a writer, editor, podcaster and English professor. In 2004 I left a job in business journalism to get an MFA in creative writing from the Iowa Writers Workshop. Since finishing the program I’ve been living in Philadelphia. I’m currently an associate professor at Temple University, where I teach courses in creative writing, first-year writing, and professional writing.
I'm one of the founding editors of Barrelhouse Magazine, which I started in 2004 with several friends in Washington, D.C. I’ve done a bit of everything for Barrelhouse over the years. Recently I’ve been serving as books editor.
For the past several years I’ve co-hosted the Book Fight podcast with my friend and Temple colleague Tom McAllister. More recently I’ve launched a second podcast, Day Jobs, which involves talking to writers, artists, and other creative people about the ways they make a living.
Oh, and I co-host a monthly reading series here in Philadelphia called Tire Fire, with the wonderful and talented Jaime Fountaine.
I continue to do business and technical writing on a freelance and contract basis—particularly in the health care and energy sectors. Recently, for instance, I put together a 135-page business roadmap for a partnership between a large electric utility and a Silicon Valley company specializing in smart-grid technology. I also regularly write reports on FDA regulations and clinical trial best practices. I’ve done some ghostwriting, too, penning articles for a handful of tech-industry thought leaders and helping a lawyer and nationally renowned privacy expert write a book about keeping your kids safe on the internet. If you'd like to know more about that part of my life, feel free to drop me an email—just click on the contact button in the top right-hand corner of the page.