I am a chronic chronicler. I write, take pictures, and make lists obsessively. I also like to break things and put them back together in a random, yet tasteful, order—whether it’s words or images or plates or electronics. I make the big small and the small big.
My MFA thesis—Let Me Eat Cake: A Celebration of Flour, Sugar, Butter, Eggs, Vanilla, Baking Powder, and a Pinch of Salt—was published in April 2009 by Simon & Schuster. It is part narrative, part history, part folklore, part reportage, and all fun—like a many-layered cake.
In 2011, Finishing Line Press published BOYGIRLBOYGIRL, my first poetry chapbook.
The following is an incomplete list of my written and artistic work.
BOYGIRLBOYGIRL (Finishing Line Press, May 2012, paper)
Let Me Eat Cake: A Celebration of Flour, Sugar, Butter, Eggs, Vanilla, Baking Powder, and a Pinch of Salt (Simon & Schuster, April 2009, hardback)
“A new way of looking at human shapes” (The Hub: Johns Hopkins news, July 2012, online)
“Robotics researcher fascinated, inspired by animal movement” (The Hub: Johns Hopkins news, July 2012, online)
“Gross sits at intersection of philosophy and science” (The Hub: Johns Hopkins news, July 2012, online)
“Making waves to fight cancer” (The Hub: Johns Hopkins news, May 2012, online)
“The Darkroom Goes Dark” (Arts & Sciences, Fall 2011, online and print)
“Art and Amnesia: Solving Recovery’s Puzzles” (Arts & Sciences, Fall 2011, online and print)
“Summer Camp Revamp” (Baltimore Fishbowl, online, only)
“Chris Ford Redirects Baltimore School for the Arts (Baltimore Fishbowl, online, only)
Yelling Is Her Calling for Baltimore Fishbowl (online, only)
“Lost and Found” (Johns Hopkins Magazine, May 31, 2011)
“World Lit” (Johns Hopkins Magazine, May 31, 2011)
Desperately Seeking Resurrection (Style Magazine, November 2010, print only)
Kid Rock (Baltimore Magazine, September 2009, print and online)
A Tale of Two Thanksgivings (Style Magazine, November 2008, print and online)
Rock On (Style Magazine, May/June 2008, print and online)
Three Bites (Brevity, 28, online only)
Spotlight: Andy Bopp, Bopp Till You Drop (Style Magazine, December 2007, print only)
Spotlight: Rick Shelley, Winging It (Style Magazine, December 2006, print only)
Lists: A List (SNReview, Summer 2006, online only)
Keeping Up With Jonestown (Urbanite, January 2004, print and online)
Before 2004, my work—features, reviews, op-eds, essays, interviews, and cover stories—appeared in print in the following papers and magazines: Weight Watchers, City Paper, Baltimore Sun, Organic Gardening, and more. I also published a magazine called Joe, a coffee companion that was a literary magazine filled with news and local color; it was one of the most popular magazines ever sold at Borders!
“Smiling, Smoking Mom” (Loch Raven Review, Summer 2017)
“It Is Margaret” (JMWW, Summer 2009, print and online)
“The Pious Enigma” (City Paper, 7/3/02, First Place Fiction)
“Intersection” (Baltimore Review, Summer 2012)
Quiescence (Junk Lit, 4/18/11, online only)
“Bird, Plane” and “Odd Jobs” (Words on War, Poetry CD)
The End (Babel Fruit, Sprint 2008, online with recording)
Rubber Tree (Main Street Rag, Summer 2003, online only)
I was poetry editor of City Paper in the 1990s and guest edited The Pearl, Baltimore’s oldest continuously published literary magazine. My poems have appeared in Gargoyle, Main Street Rag, Kit-Cat Review, Sojourn, Attic, Manorborn, Maryland Poetry Review, Octopus Dreams, City Paper, and more.
Box (Junk Lit, 4/18/11, online only, illustration for poem “Quiescence”)
11 photographs (Brevity, May 2008, online only)
Can You Hear the Myracle Brah (Myracle Brah album cover and inside photos)
Bugly (qarrtsiluni, November 28, 2007, online only)
My photographs have been published in City Paper, Baltimore Magazine, and Style Magazine, and have appeared on the cover of Penn Union (the Johns Hopkins Literary Magazine) and Manorborn, as well as having been used in many commercial endeavors, including books, magazines, and ads.
Look What We Did! (Look What I Did, HGTV, May 2007)