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).
It’s 1957, and the three of us, Jacky,Vinnie from 19th Street, and me, are doing this Brooklyn strut sort of a walk down Eastern Parkway. Vinnie is a thief. He will steal anything he can get his hands on, doesn’t matter who owns it. That’s just the way he is. But there’s something cool and […]
A group of Asian teenage boys with shaved heads slows down in front of me. It is around 7 pm, not yet dusk, not really day, and we’re passing by a series of low brick row houses with bar-covered windows on 73rd Street in Jackson Heights. The boys look kind of tough, but they are polite as […]
In a school full of hard cases, Theresa Fulife was the hardest. She looked like the oldest kid in the eighth grade because at 16 she was. Her scarred, nearly six-foot muscular frame looked like it had been tattooed by a drunken sailor. Her face resembled the pitted surface of some foreign planet. Her hair […]