Started writing screenplays at age 14; sold a few and did alright. Started writing fiction while attending the Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, IA, which I only lasted a semester at.
Had a sabbatical from 2010-2011 which resulted in my winning the PEN American Center's Prison Writing contest in 2012.
Began writing for Pork & Mead magazine, then edited a Lit section for the mag until it folded; I also helped edit Squawk Back. Recently guest-edited Dead Flowers: a poetry rag. Currently the Lit editor for Twisted South magazine.
I've been published in a number of journals, both online and in print, US and UK. My first collection of shorts, Whiskey Sour, came out through Chatham University last spring.
I don't have much choice but to write; aside from donating plasma*UPDATE* the plasma center closed, I have no other way to even attempt paying the bills. *UPDATE* I have a day-job, which I work at during the night.
Summing up my work:
Funny in a sad way.
This is not a confession, it is an exorcism.
John Fante, Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Carver, Charles Bukowski, Jack Kerouac, Céline, Jt LeRoy, Hunter Thompson, Rusty Barnes, Frank Bill.
Your comic jabs are so deadpan and syncopated they make me gasp before laffing. Your bio reveal is masterful. Congrats on the PEN award. "Funny in a sad way" is perfect. Blues.
Thanks for the generous comment on "Paris, November, 2004," Eric and for the suggestions. I should dust some of these pieces off the Fictionaut shelf and get them out there, earning their nut.