grew up in Milton, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston. A standout athlete,
he attended prep school at Brimmer and May and was recruited to play basketball
at Susquehanna University, where he played varsity for all four years. When a
knee injury limited his playing time, he took up fiction writing instead and
was accepted at the Iowa Writers Workshop, where he was awarded a grant in
honor of James Alan McPherson from the University of Iowa MacArthur Foundation
Fund. He lives in Iowa City, Iowa.