I’m from New Bedford, Massachusetts, the seaport city steeped in whale oil and history that opens Melville’s Moby Dick. I studied writing at Bard College and went on to earn a BA in History and Russian at the University of Massachusetts, and an MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from the University of New Hampshire.
I spent five years living and teaching in Russia and Lithuania, and besides my own poetry I have published translations and co-translations from the Russian and the French.
For many years I cooked professionally. Examples of my food writing can be found here.
My family and I live in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts.