I was born in Arlington, Virginia, where as a toddler I was famous for using pushy tactics to try get grown-ups to read to me. Seventeen years later, I moved to Portland, Oregon to attend Reed College; I graduated with a degree in English, Phi Beta Kappa, in 2001. A few years later, I earned a master’s degree in English from Cornell University, and then worked in magazine publishing in New York City.
In 2012 I published my first book, Coming of Age on Zoloft, with Harper Perennial. Since that year, I have lived in Berkeley, California, where I write, teach writing, and provide editorial services to individuals and businesses.
You can see a sampling of my journalistic work here. My favorite published essay is still this one. I’ve taught literature, composition, and creative writing at Cornell, LIM College in Manhattan, and, currently, U.C. Berkeley Extension; course listings are here.
When I’m not wrangling text, I can often be found straddling a piece of aluminum and pedaling like my life depended on it.