I’m a 2011 fellow in Non-Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts. I’ve had residencies at the Millay Colony and the MacDowell Colony, where I worked on a manuscript about growing up as the only boy in an Irish-Catholic family with six sisters. An essay from that manuscript is online at Knee-Jerk magazine, and another was selected as runner-up in the 2011 Michael Steinberg Essay Contest and published in the current issue (Spring 2012) of Fourth Genre. I recently had an essay published in the “Modern Love” column in the New York Times, “The Spell of My Father’s Wedding Ring” (February 12, 2012).
I was not where I wanted to be. This was because I was out. I was out at a bar called the Narrows in Bushwick–or East Williamsburg if you’re a real estate broker. The bar is called the Narrows because the building is very narrow. But really every building in New York City is narrow. […]
“Mommy—Don’t go to work,” my two-year-old daughter said, who’d just started speaking in sentences. As I put on my jacket, she began to cry. I kissed her cheek, and said, “I’ll be home later.” The babysitter fed her, and I closed the door. I heard her sobbing as I charged down the hallway. I had […]
I once took the New York City police exam on a whim. In the suburbs of Long Island where I grew up, a large portion of high school buddies already had badges and guns by their early twenties. “Dude,” an acquaintance would say from the stool of a local tavern, “I shot my gun off […]