- Career + Alumni
- Life at SCAD
- About SCAD
"My central interest is to teach people how to express themselves, and in particular how to write effectively. As a novelist, I have a real grounding in the nature of writing - language, structure, and narrative. These apply on all levels. They are the fundamentals of expression from basic composition to the more advanced forms of writing. At its heart, writing is storytelling. I find it no less compelling to teach whether it comes in the one-paragraph form or in the novel.
"I am also committed to teaching the business of the profession. Writers must understand how to navigate through the world of publishers, editors, and agents, and I bring a seasoned eye on all those fronts to the classroom."
Novels translated into 15 languages
Novels: Dashiell Hammett Award, Rosa, Semana Negra, 2006; Editor's Choice, New York Times, Shadow and Light, 2010; Best Books of 2009, January Magazine, Shadow and Light; Best Books of 2005, January Magazine, Rosa; Best Books of 2009, Audiofile, RosaOther: Fulbright Scholar, 1991; Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 1990; President's Fellow, Columbia University, 1988-1991
Outstanding Reviews: NY Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Dallas Morning News, Denver Post, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Toronto Globe and Mail, Publishers Weekly, Book List, Book Forum, California Literary Review, Library Journal, among others.
Blue Hill Troupe, NYC, former member of Board of Directors; Actors' Equity Association; Authors' Guild; Yale Whiffenpoofs of 1986 and Alumni Association
Visiting Professor, NYU; Lecturer, Columbia University; Instructor, 92nd Street Y, NYC