I’m an essayist, poet and teacher with an Oxford M.Phil. in economic and social history and an MFA in creative writing from American University (Washington, DC). My thesis, Thief of Souls, received the Myra Sklarew Award, and Lee Gutkind selected the title essay for inclusion in his anthology, Show Me All Your Scars (2016, InFact Books).
I have published essays, travel writing and journalism in print and on-line publications such as Hunger Mountain, Transitions Abroad and New America Media. My poetry is published or forthcoming from a variety of journals including the Delmarva Review, Poets Reading the News and Rust + Moth.
I grew up near Alexandria, VA. I’ve lived in New Jersey, Yemen, Washington, DC, Oxford, New York City, Egypt, New Hampshire, Washington DC again, Maryland and now South Korea. I spent a few years in a Middle East studies Ph.D. program at NYU and I speak Arabic. These days I’m working on Korean.
As a teacher, I’ve taught history and humanities at St. Paul’s School and Sidwell Friends School, world religions at New Hampshire’s Advanced Studies Program, and English as a Foreign Language at public schools in Gwangju, South Korea. I currently work as a teacher trainer at the Chungnam Institute of Foreign Language Education in Gongju.
When I’m not writing, teaching or traveling, I’ve also been involved in publishing. I’ve worked as an editor at a literary magazine (Folio), and an academic journal (The Arab Studies Journal). I also spent a year working full-time in the editorial offices of a major multidisciplinary science journal (The Proceedings of the National Academy of Science).
And in March 2012, I competed on Jeopardy and won three nights!