I was born and raised in Billings, Montana. I went to Dartmouth College, majoring in literature and creative writing. After college I moved to Washington, DC, working as a speech-writer and deputy press secretary for U.S. Senator Max Baucus.
After four years, I left DC to pursue my MFA, studying fiction at the University of Montana. Three years later, I moved to Chicago, where I managed to find part-time work teaching GED and ESL classes on the city's South and West Sides.
My writing – both fiction and nonfiction – has appeared in Identity Theory, Heavy Feather Review, The Oyster Review, The Adirondack Review, The Threepenny Review, Literal Latte, the German edition of Le Monde diplomatique, The Externalist, Swill Magazine, Word Riot, The Summerset Review, Underground Voices, Zouch Magazine, and The Bygone Bureau. In 2008, I received an Artists Fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council. And in 2014, my debut novel was named a finalist in the High Plains Book Award first novel category.
I live on the South Side of Chicago with my wife and two dogs.