WHERE I HAVE LIVED
After a childhood well spent in the toughening snows of Buffalo and on the salubrious beaches of Ontario’s Lake Erie, I became a literary wag at St. Lawrence University. I cut my journalistic teeth as an Associated Press reporter, covering everything from the disappearance of rural doctors to hog futures, and one murder.
Since then, I have produced journalism about cultural- and adventure travel, history, food, rock music, and literature.
ESSAYS AND REVIEWS published by Southwest Review (a prize winner in 2007), Boston Globe, New York Times, New Republic, Saturday Review, MD Magazine, Berkshire Magazine, Buffalo Evening News, the travel newsletter Focus on France, on outdoor recreation web sites GORP.com and Away.com, and one – available here for your reading pleasure – on National Public Radio.
BOOKS -- written or edited – see the MY WORKS section of this web site. I wrote a doctoral dissertation about rock music and cultural change (seemed like a good idea at the time…).
SCHOLARLY ESSAYS published in Southwest Review, Publishing Research Quarterly, International Journal of the Book, Media Ethics, International Journal of the Humanities, The Concord Saunterer (Thoreau studies), International Journal of the Arts in Society, Ethnomusicology, New Scholar, and Menckeniana.
I have worked in BOOK PUBLISHING as acquisitions editor, book packager, publishing consultant, editor in chief, and publisher. The houses: Harvard University Press, Cambridge University Press, Continuum Publishers. I founded Berkshire House Publishers (travel, regional literature, history, food); WW Norton bought the company in 2001. I directed David Emblidge – Book Producer (book packaging), producing multi-volume projects for St. Martin’s Press, Stackpole Books, Watson-Guptill, and other publishers.
Before book publishing, I spent ten rewarding years as a LITERATURE AND AMERICAN STUDIES PROFESSOR, primarily at Simon’s Rock of Bard College. A Fulbright grant took me to France for a year at Université de Toulouse; and a grant from National Endowment for the Humanities enabled me to study at Yale with RWB Lewis, Edith Wharton’s biographer. In between the teaching and publishing careers was a bridge year unlike any other, as Director of Development at Wharton’s American home, The Mount, Lenox, Massachusetts.
From 2000 into 2002, I was Editor in Chief at The Mountaineers Books, Seattle. During this challenging gig, my first on the left hand coast, I edited photographer Art Wolfe’s book The High Himalaya, named Best Illustrated Book at the Banff Mountain Book Fair, 2001. I also trekked in the Himalayas myself, following the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal, visiting Buddhist monasteries in Tibet. At the University of Washington, I taught “Editorial Perspectives on Publishing,” in the Editing Certificate Program.
The events of 9/11 caused a serious downturn in the adventure travel book business, and when The Mountaineers downsized, I returned to Boston where I became Associate Professor (tenured), Dept. of Writing, Literature and Publishing, Emerson College, teaching in the MA in Publishing and Writing program. I also give publishing workshops for writers, and I have acquired books for Globe Pequot Press.
Currently, I write about the cultural history of American bookstores, and I have underway a memoir about my family's summer house in Canada. In Spring '07, I was a Fellow at the International Center for Jefferson Studies, Monticello, Charlottesvile, Virginia.
For me, France remains a second home, having sojourned there many times, and with the help of my dual Irish-American (EU) citizenship, I expect to land there or in the UK for a long stay, and soon.
With all this moving about, one might reasonably ask, where is this man’s home? I have lived more adult years in the Berkshires, in western Massachusetts, than anywhere else, and the circle of friends in that heavenly place is rich indeed. But, the three unofficial step children I helped to raise there are scattered to the winds, and we have all become citizens of the world. That suits me well. My suitcase is packed, primed and ready to roll.