I was born in Urbana, Illinois, but consider my home town to be Norwich, Vermont, where my family moved when I was 6. I earned a BA in English from the University of Chicago, and a PhD in English from University of California, Irvine. I've worked as a waiter, bartender, carpenter, and teacher. My first book of poetry--Strong-Armed Angels—was published by Hummingbird Press, and two of its poems were read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer's Almanac. My second book is a series of poems concerning the Iraq war, Every Seed of the Pomegranate, and was published by Tebot Bach. I teach literature and film at Cabrillo Community College, in Santa Cruz, California, where I live with my love, Cherie Barkey, and our two children, Jules and Amina Barivan.
A bubble-blower and myself in the Arboretum in Madrid, Spain, where I took my mom last summer to see the recently discovered Bruegel painting, since she's an art historian who specializes in his work.