Award-winning journalist and book critic. Formerly: book columnist for Glamour, book editor of the Plain Dealer, and vice president of the National Book Critics Circle. Words in many national media, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, USA Today, Harper's Bazaar, Commonweal, and Salon. TV and radio from CNN to backwaters nationwide. Two novels from mainstream American publishers.
Former adjunct writing professor at two major American universities. Speaker at many writers' conferences and college classes. Teaching and coaching private students remotely during the pandemic.
Freelance editor: Fluent in Associated Press style and adept at working with multiple stylebooks simultaneously, such as AP and a house stylebook with overrides of AP. Work with me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Base of operations: the Deep South. Carrying a torch for former haunts of New Jersey and New York.
Motto: When you go to bed with a book, you should be able to respect yourself in the morning.
On Medium I write the "Ask a Writing Coach" series that has writing advice, publish tips, and more. If you have a question you haven't seen answered elsewhere--or want a reality check for something you've read about writing--please leave a comment so I can consider it for the series.