Bio

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I was born in New York, and lived in East Brunswick, New Jersey for a few years, but I think of New Fairfield, Connecticut, as where I really grew up.

I went to Tufts University for undergrad, which included a year at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. It happened to be the 1989-1990 school year, which was pretty momentous. I got my own little chunk of the Berlin Wall, though it doesn’t look any different from any normal piece of painted cement.

After some wandering, I went to Bloomington, Indiana, to get an MFA in Creative Writing under the supervision of David Wojahn, Roger Mitchell, and Yusef Komunyakaa. Took a year off after that, got married, and moved to Cincinnati, where the University of Cincinnati beckoned. There I got a PhD in American Literature. Do you really need to know the title of my thesis? If you do, ask.

While I was finishing my coursework for the PhD, my wife Yael Splansky was finishing her rabbinic ordination at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. We moved to Toronto for her first gig at Holy Blossom Temple, and have been there ever since.

My first book of poems, Jonah’s Promise, won a contest and was published by MidList Press in 2000. That was after submitting it, in various drafts and manifestations, FIFTY times to publishers.

After that, things got a bit easier for me, and you can learn about my books over on the Poetry page.

We have three boys, one of whom has his own blog.