In addition to teaching English at SMC, I also teach at the Art
Center College of Design.
I write fiction and
plays. I have published short fiction in a number of
journals, including Rosebud, The Clackamas Literary Review, The Southern California Anthology, The Santa Barbara Review, Midday Moon, and Writers' Forum.
My collected works are published by White
Whisker Books as The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea.
(To read some of my
fiction, click here
My produced plays include Fiveplay, Suburban Anger, and Who Lives? Who
Lives? is published by White
Whisker Books. I have published four non-fiction children's books,
two of which are still in print, and
have published articles in nearly 20 newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Cinefantastique, Writer's Digest, Smart Computing, and Chic. I was a theatre critic for Daily Variety for
eight years. I also wrote a number of columns about creative writing for Efuse. (To read the
columns, click here.)
In short, I am a working writer who teaches, and I teach because what I didn't learn in college English classes was criminal; I want
to give the kind of enthusiasm and insight that I wish
had been given to me. Reading and writing plug people
into the electric flow of life. The subject of English can cover
all subjects under the sun. I love it when
students discover the joys of their lives through reading and writing. If they can become better readers and writers, they'll also become better thinkers.
Another way to look at
this is that my students are often geniuses when it comes to their own insights, and I don't want to de-genius them.
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