About Me

B&W ID March 13

I am a peripatetic New Yorker and freelance writer and live and teach college writing, literature, film, and other humanities courses west of Boston.  I also provide workshops, seminars, and tutorials for a wide variety of professional and academic writing projects.

I write both fiction and creative non-fiction—my work has appeared in various literary journals and general interest publications and has earned recognition for both writing and photography. I hold an MFA from The Bennington Writing Seminars.

I have enjoyed living in several cultural communities in both America and in Japan. Through Western Michigan University’s Prague Summer Program, I also studied at Univerzita Karlova in the Czech Republic, where I studied writing, comparative literature, and Czech history and culture. My work there has resulted in several published essays as well as the Ludwic Vaculik award for creative non-fiction. I have also assisted in editing English translations of Danish philosopher Knud Logstrup and Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal and was a John Woods Scholar as well as the Eda Kriseova Fellow during my stays.

I write both fiction and creative non-fiction, which have appeared in Spectrum Magazine, Third Coast, Moon Milk Review, Left Hand Waving, The Yale Journal of Humanities in Medicine, and Hektoen International, A Journal of Medicine and Humanities, among other places. “Strapless,”  a short section of a book-length series of memoirs, was listed as a “Notable Essay ” in America’s Best Essays: 2010. “Body Heat,”  a framed work including both fiction and memoir and accompanied by my own photography, was noted as a “Good Read” at the Chicago Humanities Festival in 2010. I hold an MFA from The Bennington Writing Seminars.

I’m a pretty good photographer and cook, spend quite a bit of time watching and reading about films–especially the noirish ones, and have a weakness for many of the things a person of my age does: cashmere, silk, pearls, comfortable jeans, and naps. And also one or two personal vices.  But reading and writing come first.

Because I live with a spouse and three cats, I continually negotiate domestic geography, moving barricades of books and papers and mediating among the cats and an occasional opossum or skunk who camp out in our unfinished kitchen. Two grown children also take up residence, now and again, more often than not leaving behind more than they take away, which is not a good principle for colonists, but for which I am happy.

Even though I am chronically annoyed, I have more— and more interesting—friends, right now, than ever. I’ve stopped worrying about a lot of things and started worrying about a few others (see above, right).

Students and clients should visit winonawendth.wordpress.com.

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