I’m a writer who focuses on essays, both personal and narrative, travel writing, memoir, cultural studies, and history.
I grew up in Cooperstown, New York and received my BA in English and French at the University of Vermont. Before I completed that degree, I spent two non-consecutive years in Belgium learning French and dabbling in Flemish (Dikkenek, waar is da feestje? etc.). My undergraduate thesis, The Cost of Survival: My Grandfather’s Capture and Imprisonment in Occupied France and Poland, was my first effort at an extended work of creative nonfiction, blending personal travel essay, testimony, biography, cultural history, ethnography, and fictional reconstructions of true events.
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