I started writing at the age of 8 and was encouraged by parents, teachers, friends, and especially Young Chicago Authors (YCA). I was in YCA in the early days before the Louder Than a Bomb got organized, in the old apartment on Damen and Division. I won several slams, had quite a few features at places like The Guild Complex, Coffee Chicago (now The Daily Grind), Sun Cafe (now closed), Aloha Cafe (reading migrated to The Gallery Cabaret in Bucktown), and many other places. I don't get back to the poetry scene as much as I used to because I live in Skokie now and my car overheats. I drive a 2000 Ford Focus but I'm always on time cos I've been in AA 5 1/2 years. I leave early and give my car plenty of time so it doesn't overheat. So if you make an appointment with me, I will be there.
The Bipolar started around 2002, and I've been hospitalized like 5 or 6 times. The first time was after I wrote Dissection. My theory is books are like my children and I have a strong reaction after I finish them or while I'm writing them. Could go either way, depression or mania. Depression is easier to handle since I'm getting too old for the physical activity of mania.
I've written novels too, and you can read one in my profile page. I wrote my first novel in YCA when I was 17. That one is called Searching for Janis Joplin. I'm still working on The Scenester Gatz which is a modern retelling of The Great Gatsby.
Coffee, Camels (or Kings) and good pens and paper. That's all I need. Forgive if this website looks a little weird, it's geared towards a business and I'm really just trying to share my ideas with you. Also I'm operating in Linux which confuses the hell out of me because as you see, I mostly work on paper. My journals are almost to 70 volumes dating from the age of 12. Stuart Dybek wrote, "I dig beauty" and I do. As well as music, art, culture, literature, philosophy, and good conversation.
All in all I've written 7 full length books of fiction and poetry, and I hope to get them all out there through self publishing. If you're an agent or a press, by all means contact me at the button below.