Past Appearances

Reading at Four Stories



An installment of the long-running Four Stories reading series at The Middle East in Central Square, Cambridge on Thursday, May 18th, 2017. My fellow performers were Jonathan Escoffery, Patrick Gabridge, and Suzanne Berne. 6:30-8:30pm, at the Middle East’s corner bar.

Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub, 472 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA.


If You Build It, Will They Come?

Association of Writers & Writing Programs National Conference, Washington D.C., Saturday, February 11, 2017, 4:30 pm to 5:45 pm.

Literary communities contain readers, writers, publishers, editors, agents, publicists, and booksellers with unique needs and goals shaped by their neighborhood, city, and regions. How can literary organizations and writing centers increase participation in and by their community? This panel will offer strategies for creating a more inclusive literary scene that is valued at the civic level just as visual arts, music, ballet, and opera are valued as a vital part of a city’s cultural heritage.

The Art of Perspective: How Narrative Strategies Reflect Contemporary Culture

Association of Writers & Writing Programs National Conference, Washington D.C., Friday, February 10, 2017, 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm.

How can the novel respond to a culture dominated by the microform interactions of social media? Increasingly, we experience the world as a series of information fragments, a mode of communication that seems at odds with the long form of the novel. Five novelists, whose books explore multiple perspectives, discuss the narrative strategies writers use to explore the composite structures of contemporary storytelling and reflect the fractured nature of everyday narratives.

Back Porch Performance: Unlocked: Reconsidering Home and Place


The Middle Gray, 6 Station Street, Brookline, MA, June 18, 2016, 7 pm.

An evening with the Back Porch Collective, in collaboration with world-class musicians Giuseppe Paradiso and Jussi Reijonen.

Back Porch Collective: First Ever Appearance


The Middle Gray, 6 Station Street, Brookline, MA, Feb. 6, 2016, 7 p.m.

With special guest George Clements of the Lonely Heartstring Band

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I am a creative writer, student of literature, reviewer, and blogger. A native of Yorkshire, England, I’m now loving the city life in Boston. This blog is devoted to writing about writing, and about creativity in general, especially music, crafting, and DIY fashion. I am always looking for new writing opportunities — reviews, copy editing, promotional material, columns, and anything else you might need help with, so get in touch! Currently, I am finishing up a novel about Jeremy Lagoire, a 27-year-old virgin from New Orleans who lives with his phony spiritualist mother, as well as working on short stories, flash fiction, and the occasional poetry. My creative work has appeared in Poetry and Audience and The Medulla Review. My reviews have featured in The Manhattan Mercury, No-TiTLE magazine, and Leeds Music Scene. I have also written articles for The Sheffield Star.