I am the author of four novels: Fat Bald Jeff (Grove Press, 2001)The Easy Hour (Three Rivers Press, 2003), Unimaginable Zero Summer (Three Rivers Press, 2005), and the young adult novel Permanent Record (Skyscape, 2013).

I am a 2004 Pushcart Prize nominee (short fiction) and a founding editor of the legendary Chicago-based politics and satire magazine Lumpen. My essays and short fiction have been published in The Mississippi Review, The Adirondack Review, Bust, Easy Listener, and anthologized in The Book of Zines: Readings from the Fringe (Henry Holt, 1997; compiled by Playboy editor Chip Rowe), a collection of essays and articles from the obsessive, frequently bizarre world of zines.

Cleveland native.

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