I’m the author of five books, most recently Pain Woman Takes Your Keys and Other Essays from a Nervous System, a book of essays on chronic pain, which won the Independent Voice Award from the Independent Publishers’ Association and was a Foreword Review Silver Award Winner. My work has been published in literary journals and magazines including The New York Times, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, Fourth Genre, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Washington Post Magazine. I teach in the Department of English at Fairfield University and direct the Fairfield Low-Residency MFA Program. You can find more of my online essays and commentary here. My work won the 2012 Terrain.org Award in Nonfiction and is included in True Stories, Well Told: From the First Twenty Years of Creative Nonfiction; other essay have been named Notable in the Best American Essays in 2014, 2015, and 2017. I’m disabled and I also have a big laugh. I published an e-book on direct care work with SheBooks, Two Eyes are Never Enough: A Minimum-Wage Memoir.
My informal bio with more of the real dirt is here. I blog a lot on random stuff. I wrote the Shadow Syllabus. I write a lot about healthcare, government and economics, being a parent, being politically active, and general nerdery.