I'm a writer and teacher living in Austin. Before this I lived in Washington, DC and worked for some of the nation's top campaigns, political consulting firms, and labor unions. For reasons that are still mysterious to me at times, I walked away from DC and moved back to Texas to write and teach. I'm writing a novel set in New Mexico and a series of noir novellas set in a place suspiciously like Austin.
In the past few months I've had essays appear in "The Morning News" and "Cosmonauts Avenue." I've had a ton of book reviews and interviews appear in many places, including: "The San Antonio Express News," "The Rumpus," "The Texas Observer," "The Los Angeles Review of Books," "HTML Giant," "Huffington Post," "Front Porch," and others. He’s a regular features writer for "Kirkus Reviews." Authors I've been super excited to interview include: David Mitchell, Doug Dorst, Alice McDermott, Lev Grossman, Rolando Hinojosa, Marisha Pessl, James McBride, Alain de Botton, and more.
I have my MFA from Texas State University and my fiction and poetry have appeared at Nimrod, Kill Author, Bartleby Snopes, The Smoking Poet, Floodwall, and more. In the past year I've also read work at Austin Bat Cave’s Story Department and The One-Page Salon.
This is going on for awhile isn't it? I'm not sure why you're still reading but since you are let me tell you about the time I spend volunteering for The Texas Book Festival. I've moderated panels for multiple years at The Texas Book Festival and I'm also a member of the Lit Crawl Austin Steering Committee. I'm also a regular judge for the TBF’s writing contest and the Writer’s League of Texas manuscript competition.
During the day, I teach English at a high school just outside of Austin. I'm actually the chair of the English Department, which I find as surprising as anything else I've done. Long ago, but not too long ago since I'm still fairly young I think, I also taught classes at Georgetown University, Texas State University, and The District of Columbia.