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BREAKING (8/23/19): I'm happy to announce that this Monday I will be a guest on the "The Tom Sumner Show," 1470 WFNT Flint’s News Talk/WFOV 92.1 FM. I'll be talking about Sentenced to Shakespeare. Please take a listen!


UPDATE (6/5/2023). Very happy to announce that a novel I wrote during one of the COVID surges will be published by Black Pawn Press later this year. The novel, "Next Stop, Boston," is a coming of age story set against the backdrop of a North American rock and roll tour, pre-COVID. It is very, very loosely inspired by the Fellini classic "La Strada" (with a little bit of Janet Fitch's novel "White Oleander" and Thomas Hardy's "Tess of the D'Urbervilles"--my favorite novel when I was a teen--thrown in for good measure). 

UPDATE (2/27/2023). There are actually two additions to the Personal Essay section. These two essays mean a lot to me, one of which was republished in a now defunct online literary journal ten years ago. Please check out the updated page right here.

UPDATE (8/5/21): Had a wonderful conversation with Matthew Harms of the Pen for Hire podcast. We talked about “Sentenced to Shakespeare,” my YA novel that deals with teen bullying, juvenile justice and Shakespeare rehab. Hear about the real-life program that inspired the story as well as how I incorporated my experiences being bullied as a teen. Check it out! Click here for the conversation on YouTube. 

BREAKING (4/13/19): Video presentation of my recent (4/1/19) talk on "Intergenerational Trauma: Struggling With a Difficult Legacy," at Bergen Community College (part of their Holocaust series), was posted on YouTube on BCC's channel. Check it out here

BREAKING (12/13/19): Thank you so much to Playbill for including "Sentenced to Shakespeare" in their holiday gift guide article. What a wonderful and unexpected surprise! Check it out here.  

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UPDATE (7/6/21): No, your eyes are not deceiving you. I've just posted an update on this site. As you can tell, the last time I posted on this site was 2/3/20, a month before COVID broke and all of our plans went up in smoke. Well, now that it's ebbing, I'm back. To usher this post-pandemic period, I'm giving away 10 signed first-edition copies of "Sentenced to Shakespeare" with Goodreads Giveaway. The giveaway ends July 17. To enter and find out more details, click here. 

BREAKING (11/1/19): I've done several radio interviews promoting "Sentenced to Shakespeare." They include: October 3, 2019 - Radio Interview - Tell Me Your Story with Richard Dugan; and September 30, 2019 - Radio Interview (starts at 33:54 in podcast link) - The Bill Newman Show - WHMP

BREAKING (7/19/19): Sentenced to Shakespeare, my newest contemporary YA novel dealing with teen bullying, juvenile justice and an unusual rehab program, has just been published by Sunbury Press/Milford House Press. It's now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other bookseller sites. Check out more info here