Short stories. Essays. Novels.
Literary fiction, Noir, and Fantasy
On Gangsters, American Jews
& Hardboiled Heroes in unlikely places.
Selected On-Line Work
(Personal Essay) Under the Sun, 2019
(Essay/Short Story) Juked, 2019
(Short Story) Baltimore Review, 2018
(Academic Essay) Quarterly Review of Film and Video, 2017
(Short Story) Plots with Guns, 2016
(Personal Essay) Hippocampus, 2015
(Short Story) Gravel, Summer 2013
(Autobiographical Fiction) Sugar Mule, 2012
(Poem) Winner, Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Prize, 2004
(Flash Fiction) Sleet Magazine, 2010
I am a professor of English at the University of Scranton, where I teach American literature and creative writing and direct the honors program. I live in Shavertown, PA with my wife and three sons.
It's true: My grandfather and his brothers were Jewish gangsters in Al Capone's Chicago. They didn't leave me any money, but I've been mining their stories and photos (like the above) for more than 25 years.
My creative work has appeared, among other places, in The American Scholar, Riverteeth, Birkensnake, Pulp Modern, and Dark Corners. I also won a 2004 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Poetry prize, the 2007 Moment/Karma Foundation International Short Fiction Contest, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2011 by Southern Humanities Review.
For my C.V. with a listing of all my creative and academic publications, click here.