I am a writer and novelist with strong interests in social justice, narrative medicine, and the history of psychiatry. I earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, have Master's degrees in both French and German, and have traveled the globe. I have taught college classes in French, German, English, literature, composition, and creative writing. Currently I am adjunct associate professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Maryland University College, where the vast majority of my students are U.S. military, active duty and veterans. I am also a guest contributor to the "On Being" blog of American Public Radio and a Pushcart Prize nominee.
I hold an appointment as assistant professor in pediatrics in the Children's Center at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD, where I co-direct AfterWards, a program in narrative medicine. I am founder and editor-in-chief of Bridle Path Press, a small, boutique, literary cooperative, which has published novels, short story collections, and poetry collections. I have presented my work at numerous national and regional conferences and have co-authored a handbook on writing.
In addition to a novel, Choke Creek, I have published articles, essays, short stories, and profiles. I live in Baltimore, where my dog, Pandora, makes sure that I don't spend too much time working and that I get out to ramble in the beautiful Maryland woods. This website will provide you with a snapshot of my work, past, current, and forthcoming. Welcome.