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 hated the cold walking west on 58th street, 1am on January 20th. The freezing currents had a way of trapezing down from steel cut condos, making the walls of my nostrils suddenly raw. My arms crossed themselves as I braced my way toward 10th Avenue. I had been in New York for several months, […]
My first encounter with the Pelham Parkway neighborhood took place in my mid-teens, around 1970, when my grandparents moved to a building at Lydig and Wallace. Most of the Jews in the Bronx were moving to Co-op City or the suburbs, but Pelham Parkway was very likely the last of the old-fashioned Jewish immigrant neighborhoods […]
When I think of my dad, I think of the stories he’s told me. What he knows and what he wants me to know. I think of the time at Friendly’s when he etched the web of our ancestors onto a napkin. Patrick to Matthew, Edward and Agnes and Teresa and Mary, and at the […]