Place of Birth
BA, Amherst - 1999
MA, Human Geography, University of Toronto - 2002
Why did you choose to come to Amherst?
Even in high school I knew I wanted to be a writer, and--coming from New York City--I fell hard for the New England literary tradition of the college. I remember seeing the etching on the Lord Jeff bookstore bookmark, of the guy with a book and a pipe in front of a fireplace, and thinking that looked good.
Favorite (most memorable or most influential) class at Amherst:
William Kennick's great books class, but less for the books themselves than the brutal one page essays each week. He demanded a real idea. And brevity.
Favorite (most memorable or most influential) professor:
William Pritchard, Kim Townsend, David Sofield, Carol Clark, Joel Upton, Nicola Courtright, Peter Pouncey.
I've been thinking a lot about the weather.
Somehow that's harder to choose.
Tips for aspiring writers?
Write every piece, no matter how dinky, as if it were your big break.
Tell us a bit about your path to becoming an author.
I began freelance writing for architecture magazines a few months after graduation, and never really stopped.