Husband to Maria-Christina Keller. Father to Pilar and Conor. Walker of Rocky and Esco. Brother to Michael, Kevin, Mary, James, Colleen, Brendan, Patrick, and Shannon. And Maddie. And Terry. And a lot of other people. Born in NY, flew west with family in early 1960s. Grew up in SoCal. BA at UC Irvine in English (1975), PhD in English and Humanities at Stanford (1981). Junior year at Sussex University in England. Liked that a lot. Taught English at Rutgers University and Lafayette College. Since 1997, I've been at the Philadelphia Inquirer, first as op-ed editor (1997-2007), and now as Media Editor/Writer.
Poetry has appeared in a variety of journals.
Play flute mostly but also guitar, bass, keyboards if called upon. Can hold a tune. Was in the great Snapperhead Zydeco as bassist/vocalist from 1995-2006. Now in Car Radio Dog, with an album (Fetch) out there and one in the making.
Four books: (With Nancy H. Packer) Writing Worth Reading (NY: St. Martin, 1994); It Could Be Verse (Berkeley; Ten Speed, 1995), (With Maureen Watts and the Poetry Center at San Francisco State University) Poetry for Dummies, and (With Roland Reisley) Usonia, NY: Building a Community with Frank Lloyd Wright (NY: Princeton Architectural Press, 2000). A poetry chapbook is Burning Bush (Ontario, Canada: Cranberry Tree/Judith Fitzgerald, 2010). Lots of essays and stories and radio commentary.