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About Me

I am a writer, translator, scholar, and artist. I hold a BFA from Cooper Union in painting, and an MA and PhD from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York in Germanic Literatures and languages.

I am the author of The World as Metaphor in Robert Musil’s “The Man without Qualities”: Possibility as Reality (Camden House, 2012), translator of a collection of Musil’s short prose, Thought Flights (Contra Mundum Press, 2015) and of Musil’s Unions (Contra Mundum, 2018), and Musil’s Theater Symptoms: Plays and Writings on Drama (2020, Contra Mundum) and the forthcoming Robert Musil: Literature and Politics, by RM and Klaus Amann. 


My literary essays, translator introductions, and scholarly writing have appeared in The Georgia Review, Numero Cinq, Hyperion: On the Future of Aesthetics, Fiction MagazineThe Missouri Review, The Rupture, 3 a.m. Magazine, On the Sea Wall, and elsewhere. I was runner-up for the 2020 Gournay Book Prize, the winner of the 2015 Edward J. Smith Editor’s Award for Non-fiction and a MacDowell Fellow. My essays on the tension between spirit and matter make up a collection which is looking for a good publisher.


I am the recipient of numerous national and international grants for translation, and local and international art prizes and fellowships for residencies, including The Fusion Art Gallery, in Turin, Italy and The MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire. Recent exhibits of visual art include Bookbody at New City Galerie, Contexere at ONE Arts, Works Both Ways at Flynndog,  What Remains at the Fusion Gallery, and two Vermont exhibitions of my room-sized illuminated Book Portal in 2018.

I live in an 1840’s farm house in rural Vermont, where I am trying to write a novel about anachronistic aesthetes and ecological anarchists, to learn Attic Greek, and to celebrate the vital  necessity of art and literature for humanity.

(photo by Bram Towbin, 2020)