My first love has and always will be poetry, ever since the day I wrote my first poem when I was thirteen years old. By seventeen, I started submitting my work to magazines and literary journals. After countless rejections during the first few years, one of my poems found a home in a zine.
I’ve been published in a wide array of local, international, and university press publications, including The Evansville Review, Home Planet News, Ellipsis, Poetry Salzburg, The Chaffin Journal, The Main Street Rag, Harpur Palate, Iodine Poetry Journal, The Homestead Review, The California Quarterly, Barbaric Yawp, and The Brooklyn Review (2002 and 2003) and Soul Fountain, among many other smaller press publishers and zines.
A RIDICULOUSLY BRIEF HISTORY
I was a prominent participant in the spoken word/open mic scene in New York City between 1996 and 2004, hosted various local open mics across NYC and New Jersey, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, too, besides holding an MFA in poetry writing from Brooklyn College, class of 2003. Most recently, I was a featured reader at the 2018 New York City Poetry Festival on Governor’s Island.
A FEATURED READING
Here’s a video from a recent feature I did in May of 2017 at the Three of Cups Lounge in the East Village as part of the Rimes of the Ancient Mariner series, hosted by the inimitable Phillip Giambri.
My latest chapbook, Growing Pains, drops on February 21st, 2019.