My parents fought for years to try to get me to read, and when they finally won, they had to fight to get me to stop reading. Many dinners grew cold at my place at the table as I lost myself in other worlds. It wasn’t long before I was imagining stories of my own and writing them down.
Over the years, I have pursued a variety of things as a profession, but I’ve always come back to the inevitable draw of a good story well told, and a desire to craft language that evokes emotion in people.
I moved to New York City in 2009, and in 2012, I joined the staff of PopMatters, reviewing DVDs and films for their internationally respected publication (for a complete list of my body of work, check out my portfolio). Not long after, I became a writing teacher at an after school program in Harlem. There, as I struggled to convey the importance of the written word to students growing up in a world where it is increasingly undervalued to their age group, the impact of a well-crafted piece of writing took on even greater significance for me. I started to see writing not just as a way to communicate and share ideas, but as a way to think and challenge perceptions.
I currently live in Brooklyn with my wife, Katelyn, and every other writer in America. When I'm not working on my own writing, I direct an after-school program for a large middle school in Manhattan. Well, it's probably more the other way around - when I'm not working with middle school students, I squeeze in time to work on my own projects.
I just love to tell stories, and I want to help you tell yours. Every day, online and in print, fresh and exciting new voices appear, and the really good ones not only share information but get you to see something in a way you haven’t before. That’s the kind of writer I aim to be, and if that’s the kind of writer you’re looking for, I’d love to work with you!