I was born in Albany, NY and grew up in a quiet shabby suburb and a remote hilltown in western Albany county, and now live in Red Hook, Brooklyn. I received a B.F.A. from Emerson College in 2003 and an M.F.A. in Fiction from Columbia University in 2013, and have worked such jobs as a cook in an Irish-American Catskills resort, a bicycle messenger in New York City, art gallery assistant, and publicity director for an independent publisher. I’ve taught creative writing workshops at Columbia University, Freebird, 826NYC, and in New York City public schools. I am currently a web editor for Publishers Weekly and manage the digital affairs of the National Book Critics Circle. I am a former Dispatches Editor for Words Without Borders, where I wrote a weekly column on literature in translation, reported on events such as PEN World Voices, and brought in many new writers. My writing has also appeared in BOMB, the Brooklyn Rail, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Electric Literature, Paste, Tin House, and elsewhere.