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I grew up in Meriden, Connecticut, a city once famous for its silverware industry. Both my parents were factoriy workers and bartenders (my father claimed he once served Judy Garland). I received my BA in English from the University of Connecticut in 1966 and my MA in 1976 (I am, alas, a PhD dropout). I’ve worked as a journalist, copywriter, and teacher; I’ve been a freelance writer since 1995. I have two children (Vanessa, a union organizer, and John Edward, a musician and graphic artist) and three grandsons: Jerzy, Edward Stanislaus, and Ishmael. My wife, Denise Rodosevich, is an attorney and an avid and tireless supporter of my work. Pretty boring, huh?
Fiction Writer, Poet
Mansfield Center, CT
I enjoy working with adults and young adults and I'm happy to travel for readings, particularly anywhere near the ocean or mountains. I also love presenting workshops for adults and educators. My debut collection of fiction, Growing a New Tail is due out in September of 2015. I have four published collections of poetry.
I have recently retired from Housatonic Community College but am still teaching Literature and Film as an adjunct. I would be willing to do readings for students, seniors, veterans, or community groups.