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Welcome

I'm a writer and former literary translator. When I say "former," I mean I'm devoting more of my time to my own work these days and am no longer translating. My fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Ontario Review, Washington Post, World Literature Today, Southern Review, Subtropics, Lithub, Gargoyle, and elsewhere. My translations include books by Karin Fossum, Naja Marie Aidt, Jussi Adler Olsen, and Mathilde Walter Clark. I am a recipient of numerous grants from the Danish Arts Foundation and was a 2016 NEA Literary Translation Fellow. I live in Western New York with my wife and son. Connect: TwitterLinkedIn

 

I have wide-ranging interests when it comes to fiction and writing, and I write for both adults and kids. Give me the weird and strange that bend reality, like pretty much any "Black Mirror" episode or Matt Haig's work. Ransom Riggs' Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children series is a favorite of mine. Other fiction writers I admire include (in no particular order) Ted Chiang, Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, Andrea Barrett, Colson Whitehead, Joyce Carol Oates, Octavia Butler, Benjamin Percy, Don Delillo. L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz is way better than the movie. Norman Juster's The Phantom Tollbooth, Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and Lev Grossman's The Silver Arrow are examples of kids' adventure tales that I love.

 

Good stories are good stories, no matter how they are told or for what age group, and I usually read two or three books at a time—and not just fiction. I listen to Bob Dylan A LOT and consider him to be my greatest influence.

 

When not writing early in the morning I'm happily employed as the Communications Manager of the Western New York Land Conservancy. Besides writing fiction, being involved with an organization that saves land for future generations is the greatest thrill. 

Watch the book trailer for Danish novelist Simon Fruelund's novella Civil Twilight, translated by me: