Photo by Ian Rowan, 2013.
I’m a writer, editor, teacher, and event moderator based in Brooklyn, New York. These days, I write mostly features about entrepreneurship and innovation for American Express Open Forum and Marriott's Travel Brilliantly. Both brands are clients of Contently, where I was senior editor. As founding and contributing editor of the Penguin Random House site Signature (formerly Biographile), I covered biography and memoir across publishers, and I've worked as research editor for Bon Appétit, Vogue, Vanity Fair, and other publications.
As founder and host of the live event series Speak Easy: Conversations with Artists & Entrepreneurs, I've interviewed all sorts of creative people, including the authors Colm Toibin (Brooklyn, The Master, The Empty Family, et cetera) and Chad Harbach (The Art of Fielding, MFA vs. NYC, and n+1).
I have an MFA in creative writing (nonfiction) from The New School and have taught writing at F.I.T. (Fashion Institute of Technology). In October 2014, I published an essay about Mary Moody Emerson, aunt and inspiration to Ralph Waldo Emerson, in The Who, the What, and the When: 65 Artists Illustrate the Secret Sidekicks of History (Chronicle Books).
For parts of 2012 through 2016, I've lived on the subtropical island of Key West, Florida and worked with the Key West Literary Seminar. I've lived on houseboats there and sailed from Key West to NYC on the historic wooden Schooner Hindu over ten days. I got to know Key West and its people by writing profiles for the local newspaper while working remotely for Penguin Random House. During that time, I indulged in lots of sunshine, swimming, literary history, hammock-lounging, and local mangoes. And I drank a few beers at the Green Parrot.
Also in Key West, sailor-artist David Wegman helped me to build the 12-foot dory Manna, modeled after the vessel Henry David Thoreau and his brother constructed for their Concord and Merrimack River excursion. The plan, once I get the boat up north, is to row my nieces Mia and Anna (for whom she's named) across Walden Pond, where Thoreau lived and wrote, and where I often ended bicycle rides from Boston with a swim.