I was a paper boy, car wash grunt, street-corner vendor, stock boy at a beer distributor, Teamster and a shipyard welder-all before my eighteenth birthday. Today I write fiction and nonfiction a stone’s throw away from Wissahickon Park in Philadelphia. My heritage growing up in a row house neighborhood and working the Delaware River waterfront breeds my stories of urban realism, or what I refer to as Blue-collar Lit.
My stories have appeared in Every Day Fiction, Fringe, Still Crazy Lit, Salon.com, Runner’s World and countless other print and online publications. Some of my stories have been finalist in literary competitions including the Summer Literary Series at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada and Fish Publishing in County Cork, Ireland; two others were honorable mention at Allegory Literary Magazine.
More than fifty of my nonfiction articles have been published in print and online publications including American Fitness, Impact Magazine, St. Anthony Messenger, PhillyFit, Inns Magazine and many others.
My first book, the memoir Twenty-Four Years to Boston, was published with St. Johann Press in 2013 and is available at Amazon. The eBook version is now available at Kindle Store and Nook Books. A follow-on to Twenty-Four Years about living an active lifestyle while aging is in the works.
I am actively seeking representation and/or a publisher for my first short story collection, Once A Welder, about blue-collar culture, and my second collection about finding unconditional love under unconventional circumstances is in process. My first novel, Miracle on Federal Street, has been critiqued at workshop and I am preparing to pitch to agents. I am currently working with the Schuylkill Valley Journal to launch an online literary magazine where I will be the CityScape and Sculpture editor. I am an active member of the Liars Club and Muse House, Philadelphia-based literary communities.
I blog at www.rite2run.wordpress.com.