I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, and graduated from Lawrence University (1974) and the University of Iowa Writers Workshop (1977). I moved to New York in 1977 and worked at Scribner's from 1978 to 1980. Between 1981 and 1989 I was on the editorial staff of The New Yorker Magazine; I was a fact checker for five and a half of those years and wrote the Night Life column (and the occasional Briefly Noted book review) for the other three. Between 1989 and 1991, I wrote a sports column for a now defunct New York magazine called Wigwag. I moved to Madison, Wisconsin, in 1991, and for a couple of years wrote for the local alternative paper as well as other publications. I published my first book of fiction (THE GREEN SUIT) in 2000, when I was not quite fifty. My second book, a novel entitled JUDGE, came out in 2003. In 2004, I was a visiting writer at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and taught a course in writing. My third book, a novel called THE TYPEWRITER SATYR, will be published by the University of Wisconsin Press in 2009.
Books: THE GREEN SUIT (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2000; reprinted by Plume in 2001) JUDGE (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2003) Some stories and essays: "The Baby and the Moth" (New England Review, forthcoming in 2008); "Self-Wash" (Epoch, Vol. 56, No. 2, Fall 2007); "Woman with Manikin" (Epoch, Vol. 52, No. 1, Spring 2003); "A Box of Bluegrass," an essay in THESE UNITED STATES, edited by John Leonard (New York: Nation Books/Thunder's Mouth Press, 2003); "End of the Steam Age" (The Greensboro Review, No. 70, Fall 2001; reprinted in NEW STORIES FROM THE SOUTH: THE YEAR'S BEST, 2002, Algonquin Books); "Not Renata" (New England Review, Vol. 21, No. 2, Spring 2000); "Overtime," (Shenandoah, Vol. 50, No. 2, Summer 2000); "Succor" (The Georgia Review, Vol. LIII, No. 1, Spring 1999); "Deferment" (The Southern Review, Vol. 34, No. 2, Spring 1998; reprinted in HOME AND BEYOND: AN ANTHOLOGY OF KENTUCKY SHORT STORIES, Univ. Press of Kentucky, 2001); "The Green Suit," (The Missouri Review, Vol. XIX, No. 2, spring 1996; reprinted in NEW STORIES FROM THE SOUTH: THE YEAR'S BEST, 1997, and in BARNSTORM, an anthology of contemporary Wisconsin fiction edited by Raphael Kadushin and published by the Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 2005).