I was raised on the West Coast and Hawaii and graduated from the University of Hawaii. I have MFAs from Eastern Washington University and the University of Iowa and I’m a two-time MacDowell Fellow. My first book, The Territory of Men: a Memoir, was published in 2002 by Random House to critical acclaim.
I’m excited to announce my next book, another work of nonfiction, was just published by Counterpoint Press and is now on the bookshelves. It’s called The Forest House: a Year’s Journey into the Landscape of Love, Loss and Starting Over, and it’s set where I live now with my young son, in northeast California.
I also write smaller pieces: last year, I was pleased to discover that an essay I wrote was recognized as a Notable Essay in the Best American Essays, 2010 anthology. My award-winning work has appeared in many literary journals including Hawaii Pacific Review, High Desert Journal, Michigan Quarterly Review, Fourth Genre, Crazyhorse, Zyzzyva and The Iowa Review. I also teach writing, and have taught at the Mendocino Writers’ Conference and Whidbey Island Writers’ Conference.
To see a book trailer on YouTube, search for The Forest House – Book Trailer
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