Born on the island of Martha’s Vineyard (Massachusetts, USA), I now reside in Helsinki, Finland, where I write and work as an editor (Haiku Editorial) and ghostwriter (The Word Punk). I’ve only lived in two countries, but I’ve lived in a number of states: Massachusetts, Maine, Florida, Colorado, and Oregon. I earned my MFA from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, and my bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine, Orono.
I’ve had my share of adventures, from thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail (2,134 miles) in 2000 to cycling across the U.S. twice (8,000+ miles) in the summer of 2001. Most of my adventures are now limited to navigating the odd cultural terrain of the Nordic region.
I moved to Finland 12 years ago at the behest of a Finn. The experiences of living in a country with a frustratingly complicated language and a sometimes impenetrable culture has obviously shaped my identity as a writer and societal outlier, though all for the best.
I volunteer for a dog rescue organization and I run the Finnish chapter of Sea Shepherd. I hate trash. I am a staunch animal rights activist.