I'm a Seattle-based writer, musician, and educator. Information about my progress in these fields is available through the menu at left. I was born in Bellevue, Washington (a suburb of Seattle) in 1973, and have always been interested in the arts. I studied writing and music at Fairhaven College in Bellingham, and later earned an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in Iowa City. I live in Seattle with my wife and our cat. If you're interested in getting in touch with me, I'm presently experimenting with using my "talk" page over at Wikipedia for answering questions.
- Three young readers, Violet, Theodore, and Malcolm, interviewed me here for a radio show.
- WUWM's "Lake Effect" interviewed me and my fellow touring author Greg Trine.
- "Anglo Chromatician": an interview with me by the International Concertina Association.
- "Three Writing Rules, and A Few Exceptions", my guest post on Miss Literati.
- Q&A video with me at Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle.
- "The Antithesis of Harry Potter" by Cienna Madrid appeared in The Stranger.
- "You Can't Escape The Wikkeling" by Summer Olsson appeared in The Weekly Alibi.
Here are links to a few minor works I've authored through the years.
- Electric Lady Bicycles blog is written by me. It's a blog for a bike shop that sells electric bicycles, but I usually focus on other topics than those.
- This is a memorial I wrote on the Seattle Review of Books about my grad school advisor, the novelist James Alan McPherson.
- Literary Counterparts is my long-running book review column. Entries are posted first to my blog, and then are archived here.
- This is my guest post on Smithsonian Folkways about the rerelease of some of their UNESCO heritage albums.
- "The Absent Second" is about the copyright troubles I had when trying to cover Woody Guthrie's "I Ain't Got No Home."
- Enthusiasms was a music-oriented blog I wrote for Seattle-area radio station KEXP.
- The Devil's Dreamworld is my uneven first solo album for voice and Anglo concertina. A few tracks ended up on my more-official "Concertina Music" compilation mentioned on this website's "music" section. I also wrote sheet music for it.