My fiction and essays have appeared in many national and regional publications including Conjunctions, Fence, the Saint Ann's Review, Folio, and Poets & Writers. Lately I have been reviewing small press books by women at Necessary Fiction.
I'm also the author, with Jed Z. Buchwald, of The Zodiac of Paris (Princeton University Press, 2010), about the fortunes of an ancient Egyptian temple ceiling that was brought to Paris in 1821 and became the focus of a fierce debate about science and religion.
I hold an MFA in fiction from Columbia University, a PhD in the history of science from MIT, and a BA from Brown University in Providence, RI, where I live with my family.
I believe prose has a special magic, a spellbinding power similar to some music which, like prose, shapes time without intrusion.
I have been moved and influenced by many writers, and my list of favorites is always changing. In my work you will find echoes of Angela Carter, Natalia Ginzburg, and Rikki Ducornet. Again and again I return to certain poets— Inger Christensen, Anne Carson, CD Wright, Louise Gluck, Sharon Olds. Lately I can't seem to get enough of John McPhee's writing on rocks and oranges.
My scholarly interests were settled long ago, on the social and intellectual history of modern Europe, particularly France. I'm the science and technology editor at the Victorian Web. For many years, I taught college writing at Boston University and before that, at Columbia University in NYC.
I'm also an experienced editor of fiction and nonfiction. For some years I paid the bills editing research reports for financial services firms as well as nonprofit organizations devoted to human rights, reproductive justice, and progressive policy. If you are interested in hiring me for editorial work, drop me a line via the form. My rates are very reasonable.