I’m a longtime book editor, book doctor, and publishing consultant on the New York publishing scene, specializing in narratives of all kind, from literary and “popular” fiction and memoirs to stories of adventure and life-learning, as well as the work of journalists, specialists, scholars, and other professionals seeking to reach a broader and more diverse readership. I focus on developing not just books but authors. I work with writers to develop their careers over the long term, in various formats and media, as they negotiate a rapidly evolving publishing world—a world that demands authors become not just terrific and resonant writers but also literary entrepreneurs.
As an independent editor and consultant, I work directly with authors, literary agents, and publishers. Writers whose books I’ve edited and developed have been published by Basic, Crown, Hachette, HarperCollins, Morrow, Oxford University Press, Pocket, St. Martin’s, Simon and Schuster, and Wiley, among other houses. As a senior editor at Crown Publishers, I acquired such bestselling authors as humorist Dave Barry, journalists Jim Dwyer and Michael D'Antonio, memoirist Patrice Gaines, and novelists Colin Harrison and Paul Monette. As an independent editor, I've worked with such best-selling authors as Homer Hickam, Gregory Maguire, Ron Powers, and Christopher Rice.
I’ve led a seminar called "From Writer to Author: Creating a Roadmap to Publication" at the Antioch University MFA Program, the New School, the University of Pennsylvania, Poets House, the Florida Center for the Literary Arts, and Otis College, among other venues. I’ve taught courses in publishing at Rutgers University and New York University. For the last 13 years I have taught poetry, nonfiction, and publishing in the MFA program in Creative Writing at the City College of New York.
I’m a writer as well as an editor. My book Theory of Devolution was selected by Mark Doty for the National Poetry Series and published by the University of Illinois Press. My poems, stories, and essays have been published in American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Bloom, Chicago Review, Christopher Street, Confrontation, The Georgia Review, Inkwell, The Iowa Review, Margie, Men on Men 2, Men on Men 2000, The Missouri Review, Mississippi Review, New York, North American Review, Northwest Review, Out, Poem-a-Day, Poetry, Poetry Daily, Poetry Northwest, Poets for Life, Poz, Prairie Schooner, QW, Self, 7 Days, and Wigwag. I won the 2005 Editors’ Prize in poetry from Meridian magazine. I have edited two anthologies: Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS (with Philip Clark); and Who's Yer Daddy? Gay Writers Celebrate Their Mentors and Forerunners (with Jim Elledge; winner of the Lambda Literary Award for nonfiction anthology). My most recent book of poems is Clay, which was chosen by Michael Waters for the Louise Bogan Award and published by Trio House Press.
I’m a graduate of Princeton, where I majored in English and Creative Writing, and I received my MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop; I also received an M.A. in Nonfiction from Iowa and was for two years an assistant editor of The Iowa Review. A founder of the Publishing Triangle, the association of LGBTQ people in publishing and was for three years a member of the board of the Lambda Literary Foundation. am also a member of the Books Editors Alliance, www.bookeditorsalliance.com