I earned an undergraduate degree in fiction writing from Northwestern University in 2000, which means the window of opportunity to land on one of those 20-under-40 lists is closing fast [update: too late!]. My short story “Sky Boys” won Chicago Reader’s 2012 Pure Fiction contest and was published in the January 12, 2012 issue. My work has also appeared in Jabberwock Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, Sycamore Review, Salamander and Chicago Quarterly Review. I’ve also been a finalist in recent fiction contests run by Glimmer Train, Third Coast, Sycamore Review and Beloit Fiction Journal and am currently working on my first novel, “Glow.” I teach fiction writing at StoryStudio Chicago and co-host “Fictlicious,” a quarterly live-lit and music series at the Hideout. I live in Chicago with my wife, Kathryn and our cat Talisker. Both are sweethearts.

Since cat pictures = massive internet popularity, here’s Talisker:

She's far less cute when she wakes us up at 5AM.

The force is strong with this one.


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