Editing and writing and cataloging and proofreading and cartooning and researching and reading and reviewing: The dogs listen to me saying sentences over and over until they sound, and keep sounding, right.
I’m one of the founding editors of Dead Housekeeping, where we run very short essays about how the dead did things. I’m also an editor at the Great Lakes Review, a literary journal focusing on writing from and influenced by the Great Lakes region of the US and Canada.
Since 2014 I’ve collected and begun to catalog the archives of Detroit poet Jim Gustafson (1949-1996) who was my uncle. In the photo at right I’m at the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Farnsworth Entrance, known to some as the Gustafson Exit after Jim was forcibly ejected through the glass after disrupting an Alternative Press poetry reading.
I have a BA and an MFA from the Fiction Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago, where I studied the Story Workshop™ method. The specialization of my MFA was the teaching of writing, which I’ve done at Columbia College, at Baker College in Cadillac, Michigan, and in a variety of outreach programs. My book reviews have appeared in magazines like Foreword Reviews and BUST.