Just published by Gypsy Daughter Press, Reservoir: Tales from the Other Jersey is a collection of personal essays about growing up in Northwestern New Jersey in the 1970s and 1980s. Tinged with nostalgia and longing for a boyhood lost to time, these stories also grapple with the present---political violence, the racial divide, xenophobia, climate change, religious extremism. Four essays from the collection have already been published: “The Lookout Tree” in Michigan Quarterly Review, "Gas Line" in Boomer Cafe, Steal This Book in The Smart Set, and ”Mythopoesis” in Missouri Review.
My next book is a memoir that revolves around the 400+ letters my grandfather sent home from an island north of New Guinea when he was private in the army during World War II. What do the grandchildren of the “Greatest Generation” do with the world they bequeathed to us—a world that is both poignantly real and dissolving before our eyes? This collection moves back and forth through time to answer this question, interspersing letters, artwork, and sketches from my grandfather throughout. The book is mostly finished and I am posting chapters on my blog.
Remember You are Dust
Another book-length project is a collection of my short fiction. Set in an alternate history version of the 1990s and early 2000s, these thirteen stories experiment with form and narrative. In "The Tower," a down-and-out musician allows a demon to bring him to the top of the tallest building in New York in order to save his career. The narrator of "Chunky Che" is dogged by the Cuban revolutionary, who is alive and well and living underground in the USA. Fear of nuclear war in the 1980s is the theme of "What Sort of Man Reads Playboy." Six of these stories have already been published. Looking for a publisher.